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7 Feel Good Books That Will Make You Smile

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Sometimes you just need a book that will lift your spirits and make you feel good. Sometimes you want a book that will make you feel a little better and a little happier. In today’s hub, I bring to you some feel good books for the days when you need an extra boost. These feel-good books will keep your spirits high and give you some much-needed distraction.

What is the bravest thing you've ever said? asked the boy.

'Help,' said the horse.

'Asking for help isn't giving up,' said the horse. 'It's refusing to give up.'

— Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

1. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesey

What a beautiful and inspirational book! The story is simple but very profound. It follows a boy, a mole who likes cake, a quiet fox, and a wise horse who roam a countryside sharing wisdom and insights on life. This is a wonderful story about life, love and friendships. The book has beautiful illustrations.

There are precious gems of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. It is a simple and thought provoking read which reminds the readers of the goodness and kindness inherent in all of us. This book is so beautiful and thoughtful that I can’t help recommending it enough.


2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue is an unusual story of slow burn rivals turned lovers. Now you will ask what’s so unusual about it. Well, one of the protagonists is the prince of England and the other, the first son of the US.

After his mother became president, Alex Claremont-Diaz rose to stardom with media following his every move. Alex has a long held rivalry with Harry, the prince of England. When pictures of their argument are splashed all over the tabloids, their respective PR managers devise a fake truce between the two. What starts as a fake friendship soon escalates into a romance they both struggle to hide.

This book is filled with great political discussions and a romance with a difference. If you’re looking for the sweet, romantic young adult novel, your search is over.

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The story unfolds through the innocent eyes of fifteen years old Christopher with Asperger’s syndrome and a talent for Maths. He remembers everything but cannot prioritize. But, then his neighbour’s dog gets murdered and he turns into a ‘detective’ to solve the mystery. This leads to Christopher unraveling some more mysteries along the way. This is such a delightful read. The book will definitely leave you with a smile with the way it is written.

That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive—all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.

— Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This epistolary novel is such a beautiful and heart-warming read. It is set in 1946 when the world is just emerging from the shadows of the Second World War. Juliet Ashton, a British writer responds to a letter written by Dawsey Adams, a resident of Guernsey. Through this initial contact, Juliet meets the members of Guernsey literary society and the course of her life is redirected.

The book is written as a series of letters and telegrams. It documents the experiences and atrocities that residents of Channel Island face during Nazi occupation in WWII. The characters of the book are flawed, charming and heroic. But they are all united by distress and their love for literature. The book talks about world war and yet it is so beautiful and delightful. And above all, it’s a book about books. Do you need any other reason to pick it up?


5. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Backman’s latest novel is a perfect remedy for pandemic anxiety. Anxious People is about a bank robbery that never took place. A clumsy bank robber messes up the robbery. While trying to escape the police, the robber interrupts an apartment viewing and takes the would-be buyers hostage. And these eight extremely anxious strangers turn out to be the worst hostages one can expect. The hostage drama not only leads to hours of confusion but also makes way for revelations and new connections. The book will help restore your faith in humanity. It is laugh-out-loud funny and yet so heart-warming.

I think I’ve finally worked out how to feel good about life. Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too. Of course they do.

— Sophie Kinsella, My Not So Perfect Life

6. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

When I talk about feel good books then how can I not mention Sophie Kinsella? This book follows the story of Katie Brenner who is unexpectedly fired from her job. She moves back to her family farm and starts helping out her parents in promising vacation business. Everything seems to be going well until Katie’s former boss Demeter turns up at the farm as a guest. Katie has always thought of Demeter’s life as perfect. But is everything as it seems?

The book has an engaging protagonist, a charming leading man, a slow brewing romance and some hilarious moments too. This light-hearted book comes with a profound life lesson. It's the perfect romantic comedy.

7. Battle for Bittora by Anuja Chauhan

When you are in need of some laughter then pick up a book by Anuja Chauhan. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. The backdrop of this engaging novel is the drama of an Indian election. Fighting for the Lok Sabha seat of Bittora are frenemies with a complicated history – Sarojini Pande and Zain Altaf Khan.

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Sarojini belongs to illustrious Pande clan of Pavit Pradesh. Bittora was her grandmother’s constituency. Zain is the idealistic and heartbreakingly handsome ex-Nawab of Bittora. The novel is about shows simmering romance between Sarojini and Zain amidst the campaigning fro the election. Anuja Chauhan’s trademark humour, Hinglish and perfect sense of twist-and-timing makes it such a delightful read.

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


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

my pleasure :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

Thank you :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

You're welcome!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

My pleasure!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on April 20, 2021:

I am sure you will like the rest too!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 27, 2021:

I’ve never heard of any of these books. Thank you for introducing me to them. I like finding new stories to read.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2021:

I adore the first description and the second romantic tale, reminds of certain 'English' situations. The 5th looks like a real good story! Overall you've done an amazing job. Excellent work!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

I haven't heard of any of them, so thank you for the recommendations!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 16, 2021:

They all sound very interesting. Thanks for compiling such a list of wonderful stories.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 16, 2021:

A wonderful article to introduce the list of feel good books. I had watched your video as well.

Nicely presented and well done.

Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 16, 2021:

What a wonderful collection of books, Shaloo. I have read The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse..what wonderful illustrations. I also have read reviews of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I will definitely consider the others as well.

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