The Easy Reading List

30/10/2016



I used to read a lot back in the days before college began. Fast forward midway during college years, I couldn't read a book without wanting to fall asleep and was too tired to even pick a new read. But now that college is over for me, I want to get back into the routine. Thus,  I've been reading what I call as "lazy books" — books that do not require a lot of thinking, books that feel compact and are easy, "bedside table" reads. Below is a list of my current easy reading list.



This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire

A book based on 15,000 submissions sent by people across the globe, this book lets you read into all the love letters, stories and paragraphs written in and submitted from 98 countries. Labelled as a crowd-sourced book, This Modern Love also contains submitted photos and is divided into three parts — beginning, middle, end and a gallery. It is the kind of book that you can flip randomly and still understand about  what other people have experienced; it's funny, sincere and possibly touching in some parts. If you like to read raw stories and genuine confessions without intense dramatic poetry bits, this might be a good book to be placed by your bedside.

Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav

Written and illustrated by Lang Leav herself, this is her first published book that served as my writing inspiration until today. The book basically consists of poems written by Lang Leav herself and journeys the adventure of love from beginning to end, taking you through a rollercoaster ride to find love, experience heartbreak and by the end of the day, discover hope. The book is also divided into three parts — Misadventure, The Circus of Sorrows and Love.

Lullabies by Lang Leav

The sequel to Love & Misadventures, I wrote about this book in my October 2016 favorite post. Like Love & Misadventures, Lullabies is a poetry book written and illustrated by the author herself. Described as a book set with musical theme, Lullabies is also a few pages thicker ans has more poems than its prequel. Frankly, there is nothing more to say other than this is yet another poetry book that explores and takes you into the journey of love and loss. Lang Leav also wrote, in the book, that she hopes Lullabies to be a "bedside table kind of book" and it certainly has been one for me.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

A collection of narrative essays by David Sedaris, who you might have known as the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day or Squirrel Seeks Chipmunks, this book is basically self-explanatory especially if you have read his other works. As a humorist, comedian and author, you bet there are some amusing parts in this book. You also get to read about his father's dinnertime attire, his first colonoscopy experience and that one time he thought about buying the skeletal figure of a dead pygmy. Between some humorous lines, there lies a love story that ties in everything altogether; how it feels to be in a relationship, what it means to be part of a family and how one can grow to appreciate and love oneself.

The Tiny Book Of Tiny Stories: Vol. 3 (compiled) by hitRECord

I don't quite remember why I bought the third book instead of the first one but that doesn't matter since this is just a cute and compact collection of various poetic, tiny short stories. This pocket friendly book is also filled with illustrations of different art style which makes it even more visually appealing to read. Like This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire, this 128 pages tiny book (heh, is that a pun?) features stories from 82 contributors out of 35,905 contributions to the collaboration on hitrecord.org. You can also view sample pages of the book here.

Fun fact: this book is compiled by owner and founder of hitRECord Joseph Gordon-Levitt and company curator Wirrow.

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

This book is probably one of the best easy reads that I have ever purchased. You might be thinking: wow, that's a strong claim right there! Because it is. I love this book; I love how Levithan delivers the short stories through dictionary entries. This book makes me feel like I'm browsing through snippets and fragments of a nameless narrator's story about relationship, its ups and downs as well as joy and struggles. Since the story does not unfold chronologically but rather alphabetically, it may be confusing for some but it isn't a difficult read per se — you just have to continuously flip the pages.

Based on this list, you might think I am someone who enjoys reading books of the romance genre. In truth, I'm not. Romance is my least favorite genre, however, when it comes to certain books that embrace poetry and raw sincerity such as Lang Leav's or Will Darbyshire's, I am always up for them. I just think such books give off a different feeling as opposed to other common romance novels like *coughJohnGreencough* or Nicholas Sparks — oh no, I don't like them.

Do you like to read and collect books? What are your lazy reads, if you have any?

Have you ever heard or read any of the books I listed above? 

9 comments

  1. I haven't heard about any of the books on your list (aside from the ones you've already mentioned in previous posts). The list was really interesting to read because the books you like to read are completely different from the books I normally like to read.

    But I'm always trying to read outside the genres I normally like reading because I want to become a "better reader" (if there is such a thing) so I'll definitely try at least one!

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  2. College makes reading books a hassle @__@. I've read a bunch of textbooks for class and that wasn't fun at all. I love how all of the things you do / use / read are not mainstream things :'). This Modern Love sounds like a pretty neat book with being able to read love in so many different perspectives. I love it when love stories involve the good and bad (because not everything is a fairytale).

    I'm surprised how the author(s) went through so many contributions to pick the 82 XD. Haha, I thought you love to read romance, but it looks like content matters more than the type of subject ;).

    I stopped collecting and reading for fun for a loooong time. This is the first time I've heard of those books!

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  3. Ugh textbooks. Up to this day the only textbook i regret giving away is my chemistry textbook. I miss learning chemistry tbh :(

    Nah, I usually read scifi fantasy stuff and some general slice of life fiction. Romance, not so much. I also dislike how people think love is all sugars and rainbows because like you said, not everything is a fairytale :(

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  4. I think you already are a better reader, at least better than me. I haven't been reading a lot this year... :(

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  5. Thanks for this incredible reading list! I honestly love the idea of "easy reading" as I myself work so much that the last thing I want to do when I have a spare moment is to do something that makes me tired, and as much as I love reading and love novels it's really hard to sit down and read one as a source of relaxation these days, so "lazy books" sound like the perfect compromise!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  6. This is an impressive list! Perfect for train rides or when you like to bring a book during a short vaca <3

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  7. Aww, I really need to get my hands on "This modern love"!! I've heard so so many good things about this book. And the idea of it is just brilliant. Also, really love Will's videos - agh, excitement's building up haha

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  8. I bought Memories by Lang Leav because I had already read her other two books, and Memories contained a bit from each, as well as new stuff. As you probably guessed, I love her work – I love reading poetry and hers is just modern, beautiful and relatable. It can be cheesy at times, too, but definitely fits the description of ‘easy reads’. :)

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  9. […] Will. Where do I start… He’s the author of This Modern Love, a book I featured in my easy reading list and is a film maker with an amazing YouTube channel. I discovered him last year but I kept on […]

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