I don't know what the actual definition of quick reads is, but for me it is a book that I can finish under four hours or lesser. I choose quick read books mainly when I'm travelling or want to pass time for a small period. When I was working in Chennai, I used to come to Bangalore every weekend. Quick reads are what kept me company during the six hour train journey. I love to buy comics and other books off a railway platform. Tinkle being my favorite book to read during a train journey. I love comics and nothing like these breezy reads to get you through a train journey. Tinkle brings back so many childhood memories every time I read it. From writing to Uncle Pai to saving money to buy the new edition, everything is such a strong memory. Earlier, the stories used to be so meaningful and creative. By earlier I mean like nine years ago, when I had just started work. These days, the stories are really silly. While some do make sense, most of them are shoddily executed.
Archie comics are another favorite when it comes to quick reads. They have a certain sophistication. I love their stories and how playful and colorful it is. I even like to read Chacha Chaudhary books, they are very interesting. While traveling it is nice to read some entertaining comics that is not too much to digest. Some Indian folk tales are fun too. Akbar-Birbal is too cheesy at times, but fun nevertheless. This are the books I prefer during a train/bus journey.
At home, after finishing a heavy book I prefer to read something light. I usually pick up short stories for this. Otherwise I am no fan of reading short stories. One story that I immensely enjoyed was a 30 minute read. It was 'The GrownUp' by Gillian Flynn. What beautiful narration and what a gripping end this book had. Agatha Christie's graphic novels are also my favorite quick reads. After reading a 500 page emotion laden book, nothing like a simple murder mystery to break out of that feeling. Enid Blyton books were considered novels when I was young, but now they too form a nice quick read.
Every once in a while it is important to take a break from heavy reading and read something light. This is when I miss those 'Wisdom' books that you used to get earlier. What a treasure they were!
For now, I'm content with Asterix, Tintin and Archies for that much deserved break from heavy reading. If you do not want to read at all, put on that music and groove instead.
What is your favorite quick read?