A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic reading

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Fluffy reading? I know, you’re doubting I read anything fluffy. Actually, you’re probably asking how I managed to fit any non-academic reading into the semester. None of these in the semester of reading were that long, or detailed. I’m saving the remaining Neil Gaiman books, along with Madeleine Albright’s memoirs, and read the mindless fluff novels. A good surprise for me was that these books were well-written. The authors managed to pull off what Stephenie Meyer couldn’t: quality with a predictable, silly plot.

The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane

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A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic readingThe Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane
Published by Skyscape on November 1, 2018
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 254
Format: ebook
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four-stars

As I wrote the introduction I realized how unfair I was calling The Infinite Pieces of Us fluffy. It’s the perfect mix of real-life, hard issues, and fun. It’s not fluff like others on this list, but it’s also serious literature either. Esther Ainsworth’s step-father has packed up their family and moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to start again after a family scandal. They were lead there by the idea of joining a supportive church in a town where no one knows what happened. For most of the book we don’t know what happened either. As with all cover-ups, it doesn’t stay covered up for long.

Without giving spoilers, and to keep this short, I loved how realistic the story is. It was emotional and also showed each family member struggling in their own way to cope. I love this from the synopsis:
Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.

Geekarella by Ashley Poston

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A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic readingGeekerella by Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con #1
Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Geekarella is the only novel on NetGalley I’ve submitted multiple requests for. I’ve also entered every GoodReads contest for it. And ended up having to buy it.

I’m trying to decide if Geekarella is well-written fluff. It’s definitely well-written, and, yeah, it’s fluff. It’s also a modern re-telling of Cinderella. Except this time, it’s Ella, and she has the independent mind of Cinderella 2 (yes, the Disney sequel is better), is modern time, the ball is a geek convention, and the prince is the pretty boy reality star playing the lead in the remake of her favorite sci-fi series. It’s a remake of Cinderella so you know the ending, except for a few enhancements neither Giambattista Basile nor Charles Perrault thought of (they wrote the story before the Brothers Grimm version). Fans of anything will understand the anguish of your favorite story changing and can relate to Ella’s concerns. I appreciate how we hear the Prince; I mean Darien Freeman’s perspectives and worries that he can’t live up to his own expectations playing his favorite character. Then there are the YouTuber step-sisters, and the lesbian friend saving the day. It’s a fun read. Go order it now.

The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

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A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic readingThe Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin
Series: The Golden Arrow #1
Published by 47North on December 1, 2018
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 293
Format: ebook
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three-stars

I don’t recall how I acquired The Frame-Up. It’s been sitting in my Kindle app for months. It’s pure fluff and probably the weakest writing of all these. I binged it in one sitting. It’s the story of a female graphic novel artist who’s pulled into helping the police (but really just the cute detective) discover who has been playing superhero and catching the bad guys. You can see the sexual tension from the start while MG and Detective Kildaire try to keep it professional. The crime story takes twists and turns and even though I read this last, I can’t recall who the “bad guy” is. I do recall a chance through ComicCon though. I also recall being entertained.

Adventures of a Vegan Vamp by Cate Lawley

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A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic readingAdventures of a Vegan Vamp by Cate Lawley
Series: Vegan Vamp Mysteries # 1
on September 28, 2016
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 222
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three-half-stars

There are now eight books in the Vegan Vamp series. My initial GoodReads snippet review says I’m tempted to buy the second one (the first was free), but that moment passed. I read this during a flare-up so I was crashed, too exhausted to do anything serious but not bad enough to sleep. Yes, I feel the need to justify reading this book.

The Vegan Vamp is Mallory, a successful woman who knows her colleagues only like her for her free-spending at the bar. She has an insta-worthy life, that all comes to a halt when she’s bitten by a vampire. The series has its own vampire lore, so just accept it as it rolls. Mallory vomits from drinking blood (which she can obtain from the Society without harming humans), so has supplement shakes instead, thus her being vegan. Like with The Frame-Up, the female lead is pulled into helping (vampire) law enforcement find who has biting humans (it’s against the rules).

Adventures of a Vegan Vamp reads like a serious author has been challenged to write something trashy.

There’s probably another catch up post with a couple of non-fiction reads—nothing academic, I promise.

 

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four-stars
In among my grad school work it was a semester of reading fluffy books. These novels helped me get through my first semester. 

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Bianca Smith lives in the cold and occasionally snowy Pacific Northwest - and she loves it. She's adventuring life in her adopted country and blogging along the way. Currently, she's in Melbourne, Australia working with a microfinance nonprofit and studying for an Executive MBA degree.

2 thoughts on “A semester of reading. Fluffy, non-academic reading

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins

    I can totally relate! I’m cramming in as many fluffy reads as I can between semesters, and it’s been a wonderful brain-break between the rigors of required academic reading. Geekarella sounds like good fun. Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. Bianca

    I have an entire four weeks before classes start again. Do you have any recommendations for me? Last night I started Dread Nation (zombies, US Civil War, and feminist minority trained warriors). Not that fluffy but definitely far from last semester’s corporate finance.

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