Those of you who’ve been here for a while, know that I have several mental health issues. It’s because of those issues that I actively aimed to become a happier and more positive person. Now, a few years later, I still find it really important to talk about things that make me happy. So here I am, recommending books that never fail to put a smile on my face.
Yeah, I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone. These books are like a second home to me. You instantly get that warm, fuzzy feeling of belonging in your heart. You’re so invested in the story that the characters have become your friends. I try to read these at least once a year so I can get my Hogwarts fix. Where are my fellow Hufflepuffs at?
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Chicklit in general are good happy books. You don’t have to worry about anything, a happy ending is always on the way, and in the meantime funny stuff happens. They’re good for a laugh. A Girl Like You is my favourite chicklit of all time. The main character decides to try dating like a man – to act cool and detached and bulletproof – which results in some very interesting situations and great banter. Definitely a feelgood read.
This book is the product of a guy moving back in with his parents, and decides to open a Twitter account to record all the outrageous things his dad says. I was in love with this account, so I immediately bought the book when it came out and I was so not disappointed. This book is side-splittingly hilarious.
On Shopping for Presents for His Birthday
“If it’s not bourbon or sweatpants, it’s going in the garbage … No, don’t get creative. Now is not a creative time. Now is a bourbon and sweatpants time.”
This is such an underrated book, you guys. I once got this as a freebie on Amazon and have not been able to stop talking about it ever since. It is a story written for nerds, by nerds. I was laughing from beginning to end – so hysterical.
The Deal (as well as its sequels) is another great feelgood read. They’re light and fluffy stories to read and reread on a rainy day, or when you’re feeling a bit blue. This series is guaranteed to make you feel better and make you swoon. Give these a chance, they’re funny and sexy and so good.
“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”
“Two,” I reply cheerfully.
“Do you high five yourself?”
“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”
This is one of the few books I found on mental illness that are actually funny. And I get that, because mental illness isn’t funny, and you’ve got to draw the line somewhere. But the author never pokes fun at mental health; she only laughs at herself. And she’s bound to have you smiling as she tells you one absurd story after the other. You think to yourself, “there’s no way that actually happened”, and BAM, photographic evidence. Mindboggling.
“I am privileged to be able to recognise that the sound of laughter is a blessing and a song, to realise that the bright hours spent with my family and friends are extraordinary treasures to be saved, […]. Those moments are a promise that life is worth fighting for, and that promise is what pulls me through when depression distorts reality and tries to convince me otherwise.”
This book is great for reading little bits at a time and savouring it for longer, like reading it on the toilet or sneaking in a few chapters before bed. This book will make you remember that the small things are worth living for while you’re waiting for the big things to happen. Like, how good is popping bubble wrap, or that smell in the oven as you wait for your baked goodies to bake? It’s great. No, it’s AWESOME!
I’m sure everyone and their grandmother has read Big Magic by now, but it’s a book that really resonated with me. It’s a book for creative souls, whether you’re a writer or an artist or a circus acrobat. And for me, this book was so reassuring, because I’m always scared of the things I create. Big Magic tells you to stop being afraid if creating brings you joy. Creation should bring joy, not stress. Sometimes we need a reminder of that.
Have you read any of these books? Which books make you happy?