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Lighthearted and Positive Books to Read

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If you love reading, put your hands up!

Reading is one of the best ways to travel the world without spending too much money. It’s also one of the best ways to uplift your mood and learn new things.

If you’re feeling down and love reading; then pick up a happy read, it is the ideal solution to all your problems.


 

Here are some books that will leave you feeling positively happy:

  1. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    The Harry Potter series is a worldwide phenomenon, and with great reason. Many Potterheads re-read the books frequently, especially during winter, to relive the magical moments shared between their favorite characters. The series is a tribute to love, friendship and loyalty. The first book in the series will bring you to tears as much as it’ll make you smile!
  1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    This is another bookworm favorite. It’s a serious book, yet its anecdotes on love and friendship will make you smile and remind you that sometimes, the best thing in life is having a good friend.
  1. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
    If there’s a humorous book that couples as a cute romance, it’s this one! While being a sort of magical story (being connected due to a blood transfusion, say what?!), it’ll keep you rooted to reality through Ahern’s take on life, death and what it means to pursue a better future.
  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    Who hasn’t heard of this brilliant sci-fi novel ?! A man fighting for survival on his own surely sounds like a depressing and difficult subject, but Weir’s take on Martian 101 is hilarious. This book will make you laugh out loud while you ponder on humankind’s instinct to want to live.
  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    The first book in a series of two released books so far, this book will cheer you up. A Genetics Professor narrates his quest of exploration, as to whether he’s capable of true love or not. Don Tillman starts The Wife Project and ends up meeting Rosie Jarman who has a project of her own. This is a must read if you’re looking for some cozy fun!
  1. Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    This is a must read for all book lovers, especially if they’re interested in the print vs digital debate! It’s hilarious and it’s about a secret bookish cult. What more could you want.
  1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
    This trilogy offers seriously hilarious dialogues! If you’re looking for a funny, witty and ironically serious fantasy book then this one’s for you. Did I mention it’ll keep you at the edge of your seat till the very end?
  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    Who doesn’t love this children’s classic? This memorable book is hilarious, deep and comes with a great message.
  1. Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
    This beautiful story of a father and son duo will lead you to tears and make you laugh simultaneously! Pick it up for an evening of comfort reading.
  1. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
    Alice in Wonderland is one of those books people never stop obsessing over. There are several editions and many find comfort within its pages. It’s strange, magical and a bit weird at times, but it’s still a feel-good book for everyone.
  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    This story of five sisters is a heartwarming classic. It will impress you with its exploration and depiction of characters and the beautiful portrayal of sisterhood.
  1. Lullabies by Lang Leav
    This book of poetry will make you think and snuggle deeper in your comforter, with its serene and heartfelt tones. Pick it up when you want something good and you want it fast! Other books by the author include ‘Love and Misadventures’ and ‘Memories’.
  1. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
    This is a favorite among lovers of Rumi and spirituality. Told through the perspectives of multiple characters, Shafak’s book will take you on two journeys; Shams and Rumi’s spiritual connection and a story set in contemporary times that illustrates how their spirituality changes people’s lives. It’s the kind of book you read many, many times.
  1. Something From Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill
    An accident results in a Tiffany’s bracelet and ring being switched and chaos follows. This beautifully funny story explores love, honesty and changing.
  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    When two people’s lives change dramatically, they somehow find each other and add color to the chaos. The book will make you question conventional wisdom while keeping you entertained.
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    While this may not be a lighthearted book, it’s an excellent work that shows our connection to books, learning and friendships. The prose is beautiful written and has some of the most memorable characters.
  1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    This book is a tearjerker, but it’s also one of the most mesmerizing books that you’ll ever read. It’s about an old man and his journey after death.
  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
    Holly Golightly is one of the most memorable characters in literature and the world of film. Capote’s story and sublime prose will leave you feeling good. You’ll both love and hate the characters, but it’s mostly all good.
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Similar to Capote, Fitzgerald has a seriously enthralling style of writing. Gatsby is one of the most praised works of classic fiction, and certainly a must read!
  1. The Essential Rumi
    Who doesn’t need Rumi’s poetry in their life? It’s deep and meaningful, and the English is almost as good as the original Farsi. Definitely pick this up for poetic calm.
  1. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    It’s a love story but really it’s about a magical circus. This book is both exciting and heart-tugging, all at once.
  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    A seemingly never-ending witty war of words between Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet is one of the highlights of this Austen classic favorite. Readers will find themselves at first detesting Darcy and his arrogance, yet somehow, by the end they will have fallen head over heels for him.

 

Hope you pick up one of these books, you will not be disappointed.

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