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11 Lighthearted Books that Will Absolutely Delight You

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A lot of people want to read more books. But at the same time, not all want to get into reading serious stuff. Some people want to read just light, funny, or uplifting books. There’s definitely no shortage of unsatisfying light books to read. But such books will not appeal to the reader in you. So that’s why I have come up with a list of 10 unputdownable, light and feel good books that will be perfect to kick off your reading hobby. And even those of us, who read all the time…these feel good books are perfect options to uplift and cheer you up. Because, sometimes we all just need some fun books to read. If you need some light, uplifting books to read, then look no further than this list of books that will absolutely delight you and brighten your day.

It is proved by surveys that happiness does not come from love, wealth, or power but the pursuit of attainable goals.

— Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

1. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’ Diary is a bestseller which has also been adapted into a successful Hollywood movie. This engaging story is written in a journal format which allows us to step into the world of Bridget Jones. She is a 30-something single woman who is on a perpetual quest for self-improvement in all areas of her life, be it weight loss or relationships. This hilarious journal chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones as she struggles to lose weight & have a steady relationship. This extremely relatable, charming, witty and funny book is sure to win you over with its laugh-out-loud moments.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is rescued by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. They venture through space with the help of Ford’s Hitchhiker’s Guide that gives bizarre and hilarious instructions. This sci-fi comedy classic is quirky, offbeat and witty. Pick this up for some wonderful humor, funny language, absurd imagery and fantastic characters.


3. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

When a prophecy warns that the world will end next Saturday before dinner, all chaos erupts. Things seem to be according to plan, except for a fussy angel and a fast-living demon who've been living among mortals and have learned to love the human world. They team up to find the Antichrist and sabotage the End Times before it's too late. The book is fast paced, darkly humorous, upbeat and witty with quirky characters. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have spun a hilarious and entertaining tale about Good, Evil, and everything in between.

4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project reminds me of the famous TV Big Bang Theory. Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, has a lifelong difficulty with social interactions and so he has struggled to find love. But now he wants to get married and so he creates a sixteen page survey to filter out a partner and thus launches The Wife Project. Enter Rosie Jarman, who is on a quest to find her father. The two collaborate in this romantic comedy. Heartwarming and very funny, this unconventional love story is a real treat for the readers.

Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action. If you do nothing, you'll be sending a clear message: that you're stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.

— Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining novel about super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families. Rachel’s boyfriend Nicholas invites her to spend the summer with his family in Singapore. She envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might marry one day. Instead, she is surprised to find that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace and that Nick is heir to the fortune of one of the wealthiest, most powerful families in the country. Kwan’s outrageous tale of Asian extravagance is pure frivolous fun and absolutely unputdownable. And after you have read the book, do watch its movie adaptation which is equally entertaining.


6. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This novel, set in Sweden, tells the story of Ove, who is a grumpy old man who sticks to his routine. He lives a quiet life alone after the death of his beloved wife Sonja. But when a loud family of four moves in next door,all that changes. To watch Ove grow as he heals from the loss of his wife is a treasure. This beautiful story shows how healing can occur with the unlikeliest of people, in the unlikeliest of ways. This book is so charming, heartwarming and touching. And if you haven’t read it yet then pick it up as soon as possible.

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

— Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

7. Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat is a timeless classic. It is a hilarious account of three friends- J, Harris and George and of course, their dog Montmorency; while on a little boating expedition on the river Thames. To escape the tensions of a fast paced life, the men set out for a holiday, not knowing the troubles that lie ahead. What follows is a funny story in which a great many things go wrong and many amusing stories are told. Utterly delightful from beginning to end; this book is full of witty anecdotes, hilarious observances and even the occasional solemn moments. . If you like classics and are looking for a quick, amusing read then I would highly recommend this book.

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8. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

You might have seen the movie, but have you read the book? The Devil Wears Prada is relatable to anyone who has been stressed out due to a difficult boss or a demanding job. The story is about Andrea, a graduate who lands a job as an assistant to the powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly. But the job of her dreams turns out to be a nightmare. A funny, engaging, crazy, sarcastic and a light read.

A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…

— Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic


9. Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of the very best when it comes to good light hearted book books. Confessions of a shopaholic is the first book in the bestselling Shopaholic series. The book follows the story of Rebecca Bloomwood, a young financial writer who loves to shop. She is so addicted to shopping that she finds herself deeply in debt. To cope with her financial problems and to overcome her stress, she shops even more and so gets more and more into debt. I highly recommended this book to readers who like light entertaining. This book is a perfect read if you are feeling a bit low and want a bit of cheering up.

10. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan

This Anuja Chauhan's book is a rollercoaster of cricket, comedy and love. The book is about a girl Zoya Singh Solanki who works in an advertising firm. She meets the Indian Cricket Team during an ad campaign and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The book is just hilarious. The use of Hinglish just adds to the charm of the book.The fairytale romance between Zoya and the Indian skipper is a delight. Don’t judge this book by its pathetic Bollywood remake. The book is laugh out loud funny and highly entertaining. The Zoya Factor is light weekend reading at its best and a must read.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Shaloo Walia


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 18, 2021:

Great list. Three Men in a Boat sounds appealing. I've watched movie versions of two of these stories.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2021:

Wonderful list, my friend. Thank you for it! I hop this finds you well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 18, 2021:

This sounds like a good collections of light-hearted books, Shaloo. Thanks for sharing this list and giving us the highlights of each one.

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