I'm posting this thread because I wanted to ask for book recommendations that don't necessarily have to be fantasy books, and I thought it might make sense to start a thread for these kinds of things, where anyone could ask for recommendations. So, the thing is, I'm reading a lot of PhD-related stuff and I'm getting really tired of it. I still have plenty of books to read at home, including fantasy books, but all of those are fairly long and I know I don't/won't have the energy or concentration to read them (and enjoy them as much as I'd like to), so what I'm looking for is more of a pleasant read. It doesn't matter which genre, or whether fiction or non-fiction. I'd like something that is easy to read - that doesn't mean children's literature, or dumb books (like Fifty Shades of Grey - just my opinion), but books that I can read while my brain is in a kind of energy saver mode (so please no James Joyce). If they make me think, or affect me somehow, sure, that's perfectly fine, but I don't want to have to use my brain too much. Also, I don't want to start a series - I'm sure many fantasy books on my to-read list would be 'pleasant' to read, but most of them are part of a series, so I'd like to exclude those. And I'm not a big fan of poetry. Doesn't matter what I usually read - just hit me.