Feel Good Reads – A Challenge for August

The other day I read about the top 15 depressing books as listed by the Telegraph.

It surprised me how many of these novels featured in my own top tens. I started to worry that I was a natural born grumpy-locks – as comfortable with a “downer” book in my paw as Patsy Stone is with a bottle of Bolly.  Then, when Lorna Sixsmith of the Irish Farmerette tweeted me back and confirming my suspicions, I knew it was high-time to widen my reading base.

So I am declaring August as Super Fun Happy Joy Feel Good Read Month. For the whole month I will read books that can only be described as textual prozac. A whole thirty-one days geared towards the feel-good factor.

This is where you, dear reader, come in. I need suggestions for feel-good novels. Books that will leave me with a warm fuzzy glow of positivity. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below and I will pick the ones that peak my interest the most for my August reading challenge. All genres are welcome!

At the end of August, I will let you all know if the happy-challenge book therapy has worked and will leave some reviews for the chosen works. 😀

Also, let me know about your own reading habits – do you find that you gravitate towards books that leave you an existential mess at the end? Or do you lean towards novels that make you want to spin joyfully through the lush summer hills a la the Sound of Music?

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  1. Clare says: Reply

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson – a few anachronisms that might make the feminist in you take a sharp intake of breath, but this was written in 1938, so make allowances. But it is definitely a fun read.
    Eggshells by Caitriona Lally. It has a vein of sadness, but only from the outside looking in.
    And of course Lorna Sixsmith’s How To Be a Perfect Farm Wife! Tongue-in-cheek humour.

    1. Caroline says: Reply

      Haha. I love your description of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day! Thanks so much. Great suggestions 🙂

  2. Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Both are feel good books without being smarmy and sweet. Enchanted April will make you want to rent an Italian castle and Long Way will make you want to join the crew of the spaceship who are all just so gosh darn nice.

    1. Caroline says: Reply

      Brilliant. I haven’t read either of these. Seems like quite an eclectic selection. I do like the idea of renting an Italian castle though! Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. A surprisingly affirmative and deadly funny book is Nick Hornsby’s A Long Way Down. It might sound odd to recommend a book about four people gathered on a London rooftop on New Year’s Eve to commit suicide, but Hornby makes it work. And it might make a good bridge between your usual downer reads and your proposed month of Super Fun Happy Joy Feel Good reads. (Seriously? Can this possibly end well?)

    1. Caroline says: Reply

      Thanks so much for the suggestion. My OH loves Nick Hornby, so I think he’d agree with you that it would be a great choice for the challenge.

      And LOL, yes I’ve no idea how the month will end – I might never want to see a feel good book again 😀 On the other hand I feel like I will have broadened my bookish horizons. 😀

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