The Weekend Rec: The Fairy Godmother

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

The Fairy Godmother
This week’s pick is The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. Fans of light fantasy, cute romance, or fairy tales might enjoy this novel, the first in a loose series set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms verse, where magic tries to herd people into specific destinies and fairy godmothers are required to make sure there are happy endings. While this story is a sort of retelling of Cinderella, the plot veers sharply into original territory and follows our heroine, Ella, as she trains to become a fairy godmother. Although the romance is a bit light, and Ella’s love interest isn’t introduced until far into the story, it is cute, and watching Ella become a cool, confident godmother more than makes up for it.

Perfect for anyone who needs a story with a little magic and a happy ending.

The Weekend Rec: Edenbrooke

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

This week’s rec is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Edenbrooke is a breezy yet charming standalone Regency romance featuring a genuinely likable (and resourceful) heroine and plenty of romance and adventure. The friendship (and eventual affection) that springs up between Marianne, the protagonist, and her love interest is adorable, and although a tropey plot twist later in the book causes the story to stumble a bit near the end, Edenbrooke is, overall, a perfect beach read with a PG rating.

Perfect for Jane Austen or fans who want something sweet you can read in one sitting.

The Weekend Rec

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

Today’s rec is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. If you’re not familiar with the Discworld, the verse which Pratchett has used as the setting for several dozen novels, Going Postal is an excellent (and hilarious) entry point.

A light fantasy about a con artist named Moist von Lipwig (yes, really!), Going Postal’s plot revolves around Moist’s attempts to rehabilitate the postal service in exchange for not being executed for his crimes. Moist’s flailing flounders at this difficult task, as well as his wooing of a chain-smoking cynic named Adora Belle Dearheart (yes. Really.) are hilarious, and Moist’s growth is as cute as it is well-written.

Perfect for those seeking some amusing escapism from the work drudge.