Great books are like a passage in the dark that only you can see. Once you step into the tunnel, you’re consumed. Even if to the outside world it seems as though you just have your nose buried in a novel, you know that it is much more than that. It’s like visiting another land, having your soul encased in another body and living a life, seas away from your own.

But as lovely as it is to read a new tale of fantasy and sci-fi, sometimes reading one heavy read on another can make your mind feel like a very crowded place. That, though, does not mean that you should abandon books or even take a break from them unless you really need to. Switch to a lighter read, perhaps a contemporary book with a fluffy story to clear your mind.

If you have just finished a fast-paced, thrill-filled novel and are craving a light read, then you’re at the right place. Here’s a list of novels that can serve as a refreshing treat to your novel-addicted taste buds.

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I See London, I See France is like a portal that leads to Europe. If you’re someone inflicted by wanderlust than this book is for you. From the first page to the last one, this author ensures that you don’t miss out on any fun. The story is about Sydney spending her summer with her best friend Leela jumping from London to Amsterdam to Paris, clicking pictures and eating Gelato.

But since things can’t be simple, she finds herself confused as she is being tugged from one side by Leela and from the other side by her crush. Said crush happens to be Leela’s ex-boyfriend’s best friend. A perfect cocktail of travel, love, and friendship, this book is for those who love travel-themed books.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

If you’re the sort of person who hates predictable and unrealistic stories than this one is for you. The Beginning of Everything is one novel that manages to balance happy and sad in the right proportions. While it is not the sort of book that will demand you to keep tissues by your side, it sure will make you pause and think.

The plot revolves around Ezra Faulkner, the perfect boy who loses a lot in a short span of time. But while he loses too much he does gain a few lessons. Told in a witty manner, this book by Robyn Schneider is sure to make you giggle. Bonus: this novel contains some really funny Harry Potter references that J. K. Rowling’s fans wouldn’t want to miss.

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Enjoy road trips? Then this book is for you. While there is not much to learn from it and there’s no solid moral, the book manages to deliver enough chuckles to make you feel that feeling of happiness when you read a silly yet adorable story. The book pulls you in, in such a manner that you are not able to keep it aside until you’ve finished it.

It’s about two teens, who were a couple and had planned to go to their orientation together across the country. Alas, before the trip the main characters, Jordan and Courtney, breakup. Because Jordyn leaves Courtney for some chick he met on the internet. But they don’t call off the trip. The storyline is fun with a sprinkle of sass and two full tablespoons of humor.

On the Fence by Kasie West

Kasie West is known for her light reads that often manage to get positive reviews and a lot of readers despite the fact that most of her books are just meh. This author has this magical power that forces you to keep reading her books only because a bunch of them are amazing. For instance, this one. On the Fence is among the few books about tomboys.

The central character of the story is Charlotte Reynolds aka Charlie who has been brought up by her father and three brothers. She’s all things boyish and has no idea about girl stuff. Also, she’s close to their neighbor Brendan, who is like a brother to her. Until, of course, more happens, and she starts falling for him. Told in a real voice, this book is definitely worth your attention.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

There is no denying that books with a lot of well-sketched characters and details always deserve some extra marks. This novel is like that; there are a whole lot of characters and each one is bound to bag your heart. It’s about two families, the Reeds who are smart and posh. And the Garrets who are loud and messy but loving.

Then Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett get to know each other and explore their relationship while their families contribute a fair amount of drama. But things quickly escalate from dramatic to crazy and Samantha is faced with tough choices. A hit book, this one blends family, fun, romance, and friendship in an endearing mix.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day is told in two parts, the second installment is called Just One Year. It’s for all those readers who would want to read about a romantic journey written in a heart-capturing voice. Just One Day revolves around Allyson Healey aka Lulu. Lulu meets Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter in England and spends just a day with him.

When she wakes up the next morning she doesn’t find him there. The first part is about Lulu’s solo mission to find herself and understand true love. The second part talks about what the first part leaves you wondering about. Cheesy but so cute, you would want a third part even though the second part wraps up the story nicely.

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