I bet that you are wondering what a “Mac and Cheese” book is. A “Mac and Cheese” book is my term for a light read. Something easy, something that doesn’t weigh heavily on you when you are done, and something that doesn’t require much effort to read. It’s a book that might not have perfect writing, or even a plausible story, but one that you find some joy in all the same.
I read these books when I am in need of something that doesn’t require a lot of thought, won’t cause my emotions to jump all over the place, and that will satisfy my hunger to consume written material.
One such series is the Beautiful Creatures series, co-authored by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl. They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, since it’s not something I would usually pick up and some of the characters and plot twists rub me the wrong way. That being said, I have read the whole series (to this point) at least a few times. They aren’t perfectly written, and the love story is a bit too much for me, but there’s something about them that pulls me in and keeps me there.
I read this kind of material when I am looking more for the experience of reading, than for the experience of a story. They’re like mac and cheese—perfect for satisfying your hunger in the short term, and rather more enjoyable than you’d like to admit. I would easily become tired of these types of books if they were the only kind that I read, but I like having them around.
They’re perfect when you are having a busy spell in your life and can’t dedicate as much thought or time to reading. That’s why they are my mac and cheese books. Easy, simple, and strangely sating.
Do you have any books like this? Or any suggestions for me? Have you read that series already?