TSS: July 19 (Mysteries and chick lit)

The Sunday Salon.com Eek, nearly forgot I didn’t have this up already. Ahem.

In the summer I tend to get cravings for certain types of books, much like how I crave historical urban fantasy-ish novels in the winter. In the summer, I crave chick lit, mysteries, and books with happy endings. I pretty much went crazy and requested about 10 chick lit books from various book trading websites (and the library), but I’m wondering what to do about the mystery part. I’ve got some Amelia Peabody books from my campus library, and I found some interesting mysteries at the public library today (they had four whole bookcases especially set out!), got a few more titles to look up from Walmart and a local used bookstore (plus one bought book from that bookstore), and I think I’m set for the rest of the summer. Maybe. Hopefully.

I think the problem is that I’ve gotten my fill of mysteries with middle-aged moms, mysteries that star cats (seriously, cats to mysteries are like vampires to romances), and mysteries with cake or knitting or Jane Austen, and it’s getting tougher to find something that’s light-hearted but with a complex (or just clever) mystery and a protagonist who doesn’t walk around in sweatpants all day. Er.

What sort of books do you tend to gravitate towards in the summer? Are they different than the books you read during the rest of the year?

Books read this week:
146. Lion In the Valley (Amelia Peabody #4) – Elizabeth Peters [rating: 3.5/5]
147. A Waste of Makeup – Kim Gruenenfelder [rating: 3/5]
148. East Coast Rising Vol. 1 – Becky Cloonan [rating: 3.5/5]
149. I’s Vol. 1 – Masakazu Katsura [rating: 2/5]
150. Beyond Heaving Bosoms – Candy Tan & Sarah Wendell [rating: 4/5]

Books reviewed this week:
The Anybodies – N.E. Bode [rating: 4.5/5]

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0 thoughts on “TSS: July 19 (Mysteries and chick lit)”

  1. What about the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich? They’re probably more adventure than mystery, but they’re light and entertaining.

  2. Interesting observation. Why are all chick lit books about twenty-somethings, but there are no twenty-somethings in the mystery world?

    I must ponder this.

    1. The only mystery twenty-somethings I can think of off the top of my head is the early Tommy and Tuppence books by Agatha Christie. I’ve found another, with a late-twenties female protagonist, and I don’t thin there are any cats lurking about (it’s called Million Dollar Baby, set in 1935).

      Not that I have anything against older women detectives (I love Amelia Peabody), it’s just that after a while I want something different than what the more recent majority seems to be offering, you know?

      Oh, and as for chick lit books being about twenty-somethings(/early thirty-somethings)– you’re absolutely right! All the other books with older female protagonists seem to be of the more literary fiction kind, not chick lit or romance. I think the oldest protagonist I’ve read about in a chick lit book was on the edge of 40, but it’s much more common to read about women freaking out about turning 30 (and not being married already, etc).


  3. That’s totally true! I feel like reading something that’s lighthearted but not totally trashy in the summer.. I definitely have seasons where I crave re-reading certain favorites

  4. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of difficult books this summer, even though that seems to go exactly against normal summer reading styles. I read a lot of emotional books early in the summer, mostly because I’d been putting them off during school because I didn’t have the energy (‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ and ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’) . And now I’m reading ‘Infinite Jest,’ which is another big difficult book. I think it must be just that school is out so I have the energy now to try these things, but I’m sort of missing light fluffy books too.

  5. Hi! I stopped by because of your Scene of the Blog feature, and I’m glad I did!

    I, too, find myself drawn to chicklit and mysteries in the summer – as well as fast-paced silly action adventures (like Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels). This summer I guess my brain quietly decided I would combine my genres. I found myself picking up Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye mysteries and Madeline Alt’s Bewitching Mysteries.

  6. Couldn’t help but notice you like historical urban fantasy-ish and (possibly) vampires. I couldn’t find mention of her on your site, and I would be surprised if you haven’t discovered her already, but Robin McKinley wrote ‘Sunshine’ which is easily the best vampire novel going around (apologies to anyone who disagrees with me!)

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