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Darkness, Take My Hand | Dennis Lehane
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I highly recommend all the Kenzie&Gennaro books (except Moonlight Mile). Dark, funny, and full of Boston life, they are perfect for trains, airplanes, and long afternoons. They are violent, this one especially. I love Lehane's push and pull with morality and truth. This one is the darkest, and my second favorite. The series isn't perfect, but what it loses in quality it makes up for in heart & excitement. #augustphotochallenge #laidbackbooks

BethFishReads Yes!!!!! 3y
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Island of a Thousand Mirrors | Nayomi Munaweera
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"Eyes open against the stinging salt, he sees coral like a crowded, crumbling city, busy with variously marked, spotted, dotted, striped, lit, pompous, and playful sea creatures...at a certain time of day a tribe of flat silver fish gather in their thousands...a thousand mirrors shattering about him."

#Day10 of the #AugustPhotoChallenge brings me to the beauty of this book - it's one of the VERY few I've given a 5 star review to #LaidBackBooks

BookishFeminist I need to read this! I LOVED her other one 3y
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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#AugustPhotoChallenge This is probably the closest I get to #laidbackbooks except some YA and/or Rainbow Rowell every once in a while, which I really have to be in the mood for. My default is & will probably always be Stephen King or serial killer thrillers because my mom raised me on X-Files or something? Idk what this says about me but 💁🏻. Also love Kathy Reichs, James Patterson, & Terry Pratchett! (But he doesn't write about murderers.) 💀

LeahBergen I'm with you there. There's nothing quite like a good serial killer/murderer/stalker book to help you kick back. They are my equivalent to the "cozy mystery" ? 3y
SoniaC Love Stephen King. 3y
tricours Where do you get the prompts for this challenge? 3y
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Yamich49 I love that your laid-back books are super thick Stephen Kings. 👍 With those twisted interests, you definitely need to start watching Hannibal. 😉 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen Yes I agree! They're great for escapism & nothing helps you realize you have it pretty good than reading about people being scared of serial killers or monsters on the loose! 3y
BookishFeminist @SoniaC YES he's a master 3y
BookishFeminist @tricours you can find them on the page for @TheSpinecrackersBookClub! 3y
BookishFeminist @Yamich49 Hahaha I know right? Like I don't know what happened to me that I don't do "normal" laid back but whatever lol. And my goodness! Do you think you can invent more time in the day or something so I can get to all this stuff?! ? I'll report back soon hopefully, lol 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub @BookishFeminist we definitely have the exact same taste in books. 3y
BookishFeminist @TheSpinecrackersBookClub YESSSS so glad I'm not alone 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
HotMessJess What is the challenge?!?! 3y
HotMessJess Ignore me- found it 😍😍 3y
BookishFeminist @HotMessJess LOL. It's fun!! 3y
BookishFeminist @Gayan YES ❤️📚 3y
TheNextBook My eyes went right to Stephen King amd with that you get 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💕💕💕 3y
WordWaller Yay King! Still working on It slowly but surely 3y
Yamich49 @BookishFeminist It's just a little suggestion for the loads of free time to binge watch tv shows that I'm sure you have. 😉 I'm just spreading the Hannibal gospel to those who I think would enjoy it in all its twisted, beautiful depravity. 😁 3y
HotMessJess I've also read most of these, with the exception of Hearts in Atlantis. IT was my first King book (in eighth grade I think!!) and I was hooked. Tommyknockers was eerie and vintage King. Salem's Lot is just damn good. King is my go to writer when I'm in a rut! 3y
BookishFeminist @TheNextBook 💖💕💖💕💖 seriously he's just the best laid back reading love creepy shit 😍 3y
BookishFeminist @WordWaller oh I've heard that's a good one! But I have a personal thing with clowns so I just can't lol. That's the one in this stack I haven't read! 3y
BookishFeminist @Yamich49 "Twisted, beautiful depravity" ? you are speaking my language. Lol "just a little suggestion" 3y
BookishFeminist @HotMessJess I LOVE Salem's Lot. I still haven't done it bc I have a personal thing with clowns but one day I will! 3y
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Funny Girl | Nick Hornby
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Last minute #laidbackbooks pick for the #Augustphotochallenge! I read this one on a plane last summer and it's super cute and low stress--it'd be a decent pick-me-up palate-cleanser book between heavier reads. It's about a Lucille Ball-esque actress in 1960s London and it's pretty much delightful.

paige84 I'm currently reading this and you're right - it's a cutesy, laid-back, easy read. This is my first Hornby and I might pick up a few more! 3y
Sfox414 The only other Nick Hornby books I've read are Juliet, Naked (which I didn't like) and High Fidelity (which I did--although honestly I think I like the movie even better). So I'm two for three so far, but I've heard really good things about his nonfiction stuff! 3y
Sfox414 Whoops meant to tag you in that one👆🏼 @Ashley.Paige -- I always forget to tag people in comments! 🙈 3y
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Remember Me? | Sophie Kinsella
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#augustphotochallenge #day10 When looking for #laidbackbooks, I go for books that are fairly light and where I can be reasonably sure of a happy ending. Most of my laid back books are on my Kindle (on the right) but I have a few physical copies as well. (Not all my laid back books are red, just a weird coincidence.)

Yamich49 I love Sophie Kinsella! Her books are so fun to read. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I had a good time reading The Royal We! 3y
megt The Royal We was one of my favorite reads last year. 3y
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A Year in Provence | Peter Mayle
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For laid back books, I like to read about people traveling or moving to a foreign place. No soul searching, no one trying to find themselves, no one getting over a death or divorce, no hiking the Appalachian Trail with the hopes of figuring out who you are. None of that. Just give me an old house in a good setting. The soul searching books are good - and I love them, but not for laid back reading. #augustphotochallenge #laidbackbooks

Mayread Oh my sister from another mother, this is my exact choice for today's challenge. I love how charming Mayle's Provence books are-- it's also one of my favorite parts of the world. 👋🏽 3y
Shemac77 Love Mayle's books! 3y
LauraBeth Its one of my favorite places as well. I want to live in Provence @Skiles 3y
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LauraBeth Me too @Shemac77 - I've read them all! 3y
SaraFair Wow, how we are so alike. One of my very favorites- I loved all three. I have a french minor and the humor is even better f you can pick up the translation differences. I have two more for you that are not as funny, but are stories of new citizens in France. (I could talk all day on this subject!) 3y
LauraBeth Wow - @SaraFair - those are right up my alley - I can't wait to read them! Thanks for the recommendations 😺 3y
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Beowulf on the Beach | Jack Murnighan
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It's in the title - this is a #laidbackbook! Fun to dip in and out of, this is like Cliffs Notes of all the biggest hits in one package. While enjoyably snarky and conversational in tone it does have enough substance to get you through cocktail party chitchat including not just a quick plot synopsis but also The Best Line, What's Sexy, and What to Skip. Beach reading for the exhausted Lit major in all of us who want to read the fun stuff instead😊

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The Sunday Philosophy Club | Alexander McCall Smith
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#laidbackbooks - For several years, I had the tradition of reading an Isabel Dalhousie mystery around the holidays. These are lovely reads for busy times, easy to dip into & out of and back into again, when life is full of interruptions. They helped me focus on taking it easy and enjoying the time with family. (Because going without reading is not an option! 😉) #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

Graciouswarriorprincess I adore this series, so good! 3y
LeeRHarry Haven't read this series but I love the Scotland St series and they are great for a light read inbetween heavier books too 😊 3y
Spiderfelt Does that mean you can read while people are talking nearby? I'm trying to picture how these books help you be around family. (seriously curious - not being snarky) 3y
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SaraFair I have the first Scotland St book and have not read, must push to top of stack! 3y
Caryl @Spiderfelt -- No, I can't usually read that way. What I meant is that during those couple of weeks of hustle & bustle -- whether at home or on the road -- I need something easy & fun & calming to read. Hope that's clearer! 3y
Caryl @Graciouswarriorprincess Isn't Isabel fun to hang out with? 😊 3y
Caryl @LeeRHarry & @SaraFair I liked the first book: I should read more of those. I remember reading about how A.M. Smith first wrote those stories as a serial for The Scotsman newspaper. 😎 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Caryl Yes, she is as is everyone here on Litsy! Love this community! 3y
Caryl Right on, @Graciouswarriorprincess ! Litsy is such a great place! 💕 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Caryl Isabel seems like a friend that we all would be lucky to have! 3y
Spiderfelt Got it. I can relate. Also, I wish I could read while people are chattering in the same room, or even playing a game in an adjacent room. How often does a mother get a quite house to herself? 3y
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Saga, Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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When I think of kicking it at the beach or some such relaxing reading endeavor, it's gotta be comics/graphic novels. The shorter story arcs, the fact that it's art and text, all adds up to a nice relaxing (and entertaining!) time for me. #bookphotochallenge #augustofpages #laidbackbooks @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

aLmYbNeNr 💚 3y
Ukulelebob Saga is one of the best graphic novels ever written. Anything by image is great. Some of my favorites are birthright, manifest destiny, low and east of west. 3y
Carol Whoa I think you scored the Marlys book a week early! Either that or our publication hold dates are wrong at the library. The publishing version of "Bank error in your favor, collect $" ? 3y
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Chessa @Carol It must be a different one, because I've had this one for years! Or a re-release or something? 3y
Carol @Chessa d'oh you are correct, she's written for years and it definitely is a re-release. Please excuse my brain fart! 🌬 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub I definitely need some of these. 3y
Chessa @Carol No worries! She is rad. I saw her speak at Powell's once, years ago, and still remember her so clearly. She was so real, and so funny. 3y
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The Silent Governess | Julie Klassen
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Day 10! #augustphotochallenge #augustofpages
#laidbackbooks I've been meaning to reread this one, and why not at the beach? I love the Regency period, and this clean romance with a bit of mystery is delightful! It's one of my favorites from #julieklassen

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