Fun Reads

Fun, light books to get you through a long day.

  • Siracusa

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of page-turning, dramatic mysteries set on the coast of Italy. Readers interested in the story of a couple vacationing in Sicily who have many, many skeletons in the closet that are dying to come out (get it?). Anyone who enjoys stories of the unravelling of...


  • When God was a Rabbit 

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story Fans of great stories about siblings and best friends, with a twist Those of us who long for the purity and mystery of youth


  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of whimsy, humour and fantasy Readers interested in the long and very fruitful life of a resourceful blue bear Fans of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared


  • Eligible

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in a modern update of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Book clubs looking for a light, clever summer read. Lovers of Mr. Darcy.


  • The Royal We

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: A book loosely based on Princess Kate and Prince William's romance. A real page-turner for the beach. Lovers of light fiction that follows the royal family.


  • The Rocks

    A long-held secret. Broken up engagement. Next-generation lovers. Told in reverse, and set against the jaw-dropping cliffs of Mallorca, Spain, The Rocks follows the charismatic Lola, and Gerald, author of a book about Odysseus, as we learn about their ill-fated romance amongst some pretty juicy, page-turning fodder. Perfect for: A...


  • He Died With A Felafel In His Hand

    John Birmingham writes about all of the wacky housemates he’s shared places with in this romp around Australian cities. Perfect for: • Lovers of humerous memoirs. • Anyone who looked twice at this title. • Fans of David Sedaris.


  • Us

    Douglas Peterson is still in love with his wife, Connie – even after three decades of marriage. The problem? Connie has decided to leave him – but not before they embark (along with their moody son, Albie) on a ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe which has been planned for a while....


  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family #5)

    Marian Keyes’ hilarious Walsh family is back, and this time it’s youngest sister Helen’s turn to shine as the protagonist. Except that she isn’t exactly shining: her work as a P.I. has dried up, and money is so tight that her flat has been repossessed. Some old demons have resurfaced,...


  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

    Summer, 1950: at the once grand, but now rather shabby mansion of Buckshaw, eleven-year-old, Flavia de Luce, is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It’s good she has a hobby: her father is distracted, her mother is dead, and her sisters ignore her at best, and antagonize her...


  • The Lost Recipe for Happiness

    Still smarting from her firing by her ex-lover from the restaurant she helped open in Vancouver, Elena Alvarez is offered the challenge of running her own kitchen in Aspen. Elena is scarred and haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, and knows first-hand what it takes...


  • Dear Committee Members

    This is one for the English aficionados: Jay Fitger, formerly acclaimed writer, is an overworked professor of creative writing, now suffering the indignities of his English Department’s setbacks. Told entirely through brilliant letters of recommendation, Fitger exposes the oddities, absurdities and, ultimately, precious nuggets of the world of academia. Perfect...


  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    A.J. Fikry leads a solitary life as the owner of Island Books: his wife has died unexpectedly and he spends more time arguing with his neighbors than trying to find ways to move his life in a different direction. Enter the quirky, Amelia, a rep for a publishing house, and...


  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel (Breakfast with Buddha series #1)

    In this joyous book about a spiritual road-trip, Otto Ringling is initially unenthusiastic about driving his sister’s guru, Volvo Rinpoche,across the country. He’s pretty sure his sister’s making a big mistake by donating half of their inheritance to Rinpoche. As the miles go by, Otto discovers that he has a...


  • This is Where I Leave You

    When Judd Foxman’s father dies, Judd returns home, along with his equally dysfunctional siblings, to sit shiva with their nutty mother. For the full seven days. Having just walked in on his wife with his boss, Judd needs some time to figure out what he’s going to do next. Old...


  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

    Brit Richard Haddon is a bored artist living in Paris with his beautiful French wife, Anne-Laure, and their daughter. But, Richard has a big problem: he let his libido wander into someone else’s pants. When his wife finds out about the affair, Richard goes on a quest to win her...


  • Stanley Park

    Chef Jeremy Papier thinks you’re either a Crip or a Blood. Crips like fussy fusion cuisine, while Bloods – like Jeremy – stick with local ingredients. This quirky and satirical novel is set before the “eat local” movement was in full swing. It follows Jeremy’s attempt to succeed in the...


  • The Time of My Life

    Lucy has received a request to meet with, ahem, her Life. However, she’s much too busy avoiding her friends and family, hating her job, and not taking care of herself. When Lucy finally relents and meets the man who represents her Life, there’s one problem: she doesn’t like him. Not...


  • The Sugar Queen

    At 27, Josey Cirrini has dedicated her adult life to making it up to her mother for having been such a difficult child – and for loving her late father more. Her ‘special place’ has always been her secret closet of sweets, travel magazines, and paperback romances. When Della Lee...


  • I Still Dream About You

    Former Miss Alabama, Maggie Fortenberry, appears to live the perfect life: she’s still beautiful, charming, and works as a successful agent at Red Mountain Reality. But Maggie feels unsatisfied. Just when she concocts the perfect plan to solve all of her problems once and for all, she discovers that everybody...


  • The Divorce Papers

    29-year-old criminal lawyer, Sophie Diehl, is asked to take on a divorce case for the daughter of her law firm’s most prestigious client. The problem? Sophie is not a divorce lawyer. Using Sophie's own relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend, readers will smile as she navigates the sticky world...


  • Pretty in Ink

    When fiery Mimi takes over as editor-in-chief for Hers magazine, emotional chaos ensues: through a range of hilarious-yet-insightful viewpoints of staff members – from the interns to the managing editor to the assistant – we watch this group of characters try to negotiate their new boss and, subsequently, their new...


  • Old Filth (Old Filth #1)

    Old Filth (Failed in London Try Hong Kong), otherwise known as Edward Feathers, is a successful and highly respected judge. Now alone, retired and living in the English countryside he looks back on his troubled childhood – first as a motherless child in Malaysia and then as a Raj orphan...


  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)

    When supermodel Lula Landry is found dead due to an apparent suicide, the case is closed. Smelling foul play, her brother hires tortured P.I. Cormoran Strike to revisit the events that led to her death. With his new sidekick, Robin, and a cast of unsavory characters that has you guessing...


  • Wife 22

    This is the loveable story of Alice Buckle: mother, teacher, failed playwright and, now, Wife 22 – an anonymous participant in an online study about marriage. Through emails and playful dialogue, Gideon writes the perfect book for kicking back, relaxing, laughing and, yes, rethinking those views on what constitutes a...


  • The Weird Sisters

    The three Andreas sisters are all named after Shakespeare characters: their father is a renowned Shakespearean scholar who speaks in verse. When they all return home to look after their mother – who has just been diagnosed with cancer – all hell breaks loose. Great for: • A light read...


  • The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

    In this coming-of-age narrative, Jane Rosenal explores the world of romance and work with wit and humour. Great for: • 15 an up • Readers interested in narratives that jump through time • A fast-paced, thoughtful read


  • Seating Arrangements

    A satirical look into the rituals and odd characters involved in planning the expensive, summer wedding. Great for: A light, beach read Anyone getting married soon Lovers of satire set in New England


  • One Day

    Emma and Dexter have been best friends since spending a night together in university: this fun read follows their relationship over a 20-year span, checking in with them every June 15th to see where they are in their relationship, and in their lives.Great for:A beach readReaders who enjoy multi-perspective narrativesThose...


  • Snobs

    The Downton Abbey creator brings his sharp wit to this story about a woman trying to break into the highest echelons of British society. Great For: British comedy loversFellowes fansa good laughIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): Gosford Park;