Palate Cleanser: A book to read in between heavy books that's light and easy to get through; something that doesn't require too much brain power, but is still entertaining and engrossing. Here are 12 awesome palate cleanser books to give your reading mind a break! 

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Palate Cleanser: A book to read in between heavy books that's light and easy to get through; something that doesn't require too much brain power, but is still entertaining and engrossing. Here are 12 awesome palate cleanser books to give your reading mind a break! 

12 Awesome Palate Cleanser Books

May 6, 2020

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Palate Cleanser: A book to read in between heavy books that's light and easy to get through; something that doesn't require too much brain power, but is still entertaining and engrossing. Here are 12 awesome palate cleanser books to give your reading mind a break! 

Palate Cleanser: A book to read in between heavy books that’s light and easy to get through; something that doesn’t require too much brain power, but is still entertaining and engrossing.

I love to read all kinds of genres, but when I’ve been reading a ton of emotionally-wrenching books about hard-to-swallow concepts or with complex storylines, sometimes I just need a mental break!

A lot of these palate cleansers are YA or “chick lit” books, but essentially, anything that doesn’t take too much concentration and mental energy can be considered a palate cleanser.

Here are 12 awesome palate cleanser books to give your reading mind a break!

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1. The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracy Garvis Graves

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

Summary: The Girl He Used to Know is the story of Annika and Jonathan—alternating between ten years ago when they were in college, first falling in love, and present day, rekindling the flame that was extinguished so suddenly all those years before.

Annika is a high-maintenance girl, although she doesn’t intend to be. She has special social needs and finds it hard to click with others. But when she meets Jonathan during her senior year in college, he seems to just get her.

They fall in love and have a wonderful relationship, until something tragically pulls them apart.

Now, ten years after college, they run into each other again, both having never lost those feelings from so long ago.


2. All Fall Down

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: All Fall Down is the story of Allison, a well-meaning wife and mother who is started to feel like everything is baring down on her.

In order to find peace in the chaos, she takes prescription pain pills occassionally. But, she realizes she might be indulging more often than she realized.

As she gets more and more addicted to prescription pills, she begins to take desperate measures to get her fix, ordering illegal pills online and even driving under the influence with children in the car.

Allison is plummeting towards rock bottom, and instead of trying to stop it, she’s more focused on numbing the collision.


3. One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Psychological Thriller

Summary: In One of Us is Lying, four students become murder suspects after a terrible incident in detention—a boy, Simon, dies from drinking water laced with peanut oil.

The circumstances of his death are strange to begin with, but the most vexing part is that all four of the other students in the room were the topic of Simon’s latest post on his infamous gossip app, the post scheduled to go out the next day.

As the investigation progresses, the Bayview Four, the nickname given to the accused, grow closer as they realize something’s not right—there’s definitely more to the story.

As their secrets start to reveal themselves, spiraling their lives and the investigation out of control, they realize their reputations are the least of their worries.


4. My Sister, the Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: My Sister, the Serial Killer is told from the perspective of Korede whose sister Ayoola is, in fact, a serial killer.

Ayoola is gorgeous, vain, and lazy, yet Korede is fiercly loyal to her. When Ayoola calls her—rather, each time Ayoola calls her—announcing she accidentally killed him, Korede runs to the rescue, helping tiny Ayoola dispose of the body and scrub out the blood.

But everything changes when Ayoola sets her sites on the man Korede’s in love with. Forced to sit back and watch in utter fear as Ayoola sinks her claws into him, Korede is faced with an inner battle to save the man she loves or to protect her sister—her blood.

Driven by passion—and the fear that they might get caught any minute because, oops, Korede accidentally confessed everything they’ve done to a man in a coma who is now awake—Korede makes choices she never even imagined were possible.


5. Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Summary: Turtles All the Way Down is a a story of Aza—a high school girl—and her best friend Daisy who are inspired to hunt down a fugitive when they hear of the $100,000 reward being offered.

Aza has insider knowledge since she used to be close to the son of the fugitive when they met in Sad Camp—a camp for kids who’ve lost a parent. But the hunt is quickly ended when Aza reconciles her relationship with Davis (the fugitive’s son) and he gives her the cash she’s been seeking in order for her descretion.

While the adventure for the missing fugitive is the story we start with, the book soon goes into the struggles and the unsolvable mystery of Aza’s mind and her compulsive, intrusive thoughts. Aza suffers from a mental condition that’s not as simple as she makes it seem.

The ebbs and flows of her mental health are closely tied with her personal relationships—proving to be both symbiotic and parasitic.


6. She Regrets Nothing

Author: Andrea Dunlop

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: In She Regrets Nothing, Layla has lived a quiet life in Michigan. But when her mother passes, Layla is shocked to learn she has an entire family she never knew about.

Leaving her old life behind, Layla jets off to New York City, quickly becoming immersed in the decadent life her extended family has always enjoyed.

As Layla gets to know her estranged family better, she starts to learn of the scandal that originaly cut her and her mother off from them. But Layla is no longer accepting that fate—she’s taking it into her own hands to get the life she thinks was unfairly taken from her.

The harder Layla tries to break into the riches and glamor of her new world, the more it pulls away from her. In order to keep up with the fast pace, Layla has to take extreme measures, becoming someone she barely recognizes.


7. Bergdorf Blondes

Author: Plum Sykes

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: Bergdorf Blondes is a fun book about a girl only referred to as “Moi”. Although the main character isn’t the brightest crayon in the box, this satirical story is sharp and entertaining.

Moi has many blunders as she lives her glamorous life in New York City, making her way into the most elite restaurants, shows, shops—and bed—in the city and beyond.


8. Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Genre: Nonfiction | Memoir

Summary: Yes Please is Amy Poehler’s first book. In it, she talks of her rise to stardom and the lessons she’s learned—some easily and some not so easily.

Of course, Amy’s biting hilarity is present the whole time as she shares general life advice and some very entertaining stories of motherhood, marriage, divorce, and the struggles of a woman trying to forge a career as a comic.


9. Fitness Junkie

Author: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: Fitness Junkie is about Janey, the CEO of a successful New York City couture wedding gown brand. But when she’s photographed at New York Fashion Week eating processed carbs, she’s given an ultimatum from her business partner—lose her excess weight or lose her job.

Janie ventures into the unfamiliar world of NYC fitness, from green juice to naked yoga to eating clay.

As witty as it is hilarious, this satire of the modern fitness world will surely make you smile!


10. My Not So Perfect Life

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: In My Not So Perfect Life, Katie works hard to appear as if she has the best life ever when in reality she’s eating soggy homemade egg sandwiches instead of dining at posh London restaurants.

But when Katie loses her job—the one thing she had that was somewhat glamorous—she’s forced to go back to her childhood home. Where her father happens to be in the middle of his latest business endeavor—starting a “glamping” business.

Katie goes all in, making sure the yurts arrive properly and the daily breakfast spread is up to par. She’s loving her new situation, until her sickeningly glamorous ex-boss shows up.

Katie’s faced to hide her new reality so she doesn’t risk absolute mortification. But in the midst of all the hiding and lies, she starts to wonder if maybe she was wrong about what it means to live a perfect life.


11. The Bachelorette Party

Author: Karen McCullah Lutz

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: The Bachelorette Party, written by the writer of Legally Blonde, Zadie can’t pull herself out of the deep depression she’s been in. Her gorgeous actor fiance stood her up—at the altar.

She’s now forced to go back to her mundane life of being a teacher in L.A., a city that is too glamorous and expensive for her to ever fit in. But when her best friend, Grey, gets engaged to her cousin, she finds herself dragged back into the world of wedding dresses, multi-tiered cakes, and, of course, bachelorette parties.

The bride-to-be, her prim and proper cousin Helen, let’s lose at her bachelorette, doing things that would shock even the most open-minded person. Zadie must swoop in and intervene with Helen’s new wild streak before something happens that could ruin the wedding, and ultimately break Grey’s heart.


12. Confessions of a Domestic Failure

Author: Bunmi Laditan

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: In Confessions of a Domestic Failure, Ashley is a new mom—an endeavor that’s challenging for any woman. But Ashley is another story. She doesn’t have an ounce of maternal in her body.

Seeming to do everything wrong, Ashley knows she needs some help, so when she wins a spot in her mommy idol’s upcoming “Motherhood Better Boot Camp”, she jumps on it.

As she joins other mothers yearning to be better homemakers, she realizes that even though she might not know how to keep a house clean using only lemon juice and water and she’ll never be able to wear white without spilling on it, she has more mother skills than she gave herself credit for, especially when it comes to dedication, resilience, and love.

Do you read palate cleansers between heavier reads? What are some of your favorites? Leave them in the comments below!

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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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