Some HAPPY Books to Brighten Up Your Day!

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You know me, I love my dark books. But today, I figured it was about time I shared some books with a lighter touch. These are just some of the books that make me happy:

the martian

The Martian– starting with a book based around the catastrophe of being stuck on Mars with a depleting air supply, I absolutely expect you to read that synopsis and think has this monkey gone bananas? Why has she put this on a happy books list? Well, for all the tension in this book, there’s an equal amount of humour, thanks to the hilarious protagonist Mark Watney! I guarantee if you pick this up, you’re in for a bundle of laughs

the hating game

The Hating Game– with a book title like that, you might not expect to see it on a list like this- but this quirky, funny contemporary is practically the definition of a HAPPY book πŸ˜€

isla and the happily ever after

Isla and the Happily Ever After– the clue is in the title πŸ˜‰ I am a sucker for β€œhappily ever afters” and this delivers for sure!

to all the boys

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before– Lara Jean and her family never fail to bring a smile to my face.

simon vs the homosapien agenda

Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda– do I really need to give any introductions for this book at this point? While this deals with some serious issues, Albertalli’s lighthearted touch make Simon a pleasure to read.

carry on

Carry On– I mention this book *a lot* but I can’t help it if this brilliant parodic fantasy fills me with the utmost joy!

going postal

Going Postal– One of my favourite Discworld books- need I say more? Also, it happens to be one of the funniest.


Nimona– this is a newish one for me- but as another twist on its genre, I thought it fit perfectly. Playing with ideas of supervillains vs superheroes, this graphic novel is a whole lotta fun!

my lady jane

My Lady Jane– I adore this fresh take on alternative history. A completely unexpected ride, this doesn’t just toy with historical accuracy, it laughs in its face and rewrites the history books- in the best possible way!


Emma– I mean, it’s Austen- do I need a reason? I also happen to love Mr Knightley the most of all Austen’s male leads (oh and there’s great character development- but pff- we’re talking about what makes me smile)

little women

Little Women– rounding off with possibly an unusual choice, this certainly has its poignant and sad moments- HOWEVER for every bit of sadness this book brings, it also delivers its equal parts of joy. I would have felt remiss not to include it.

So do any of these books bring you joy? And what are your favourite happy books? Let me know in the comments!

94 thoughts on “Some HAPPY Books to Brighten Up Your Day!

  1. I didn’t think I would like Perkins’ trilogy as much as I did…they made me so happy! There were a few things i didn’t care for, but overall I just felt so content afterwards. Jenny Han’s books were the same feeling for me as well.

    Simon vs. is so good! I might actually had to re-read it at some point. I fell in love with Simon’s character, flaws and all. And the ending is so sweet!! ❀

    Great list! There are a number of books I have read on here, so I think I'm going to add a few more πŸ™‚

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    1. I felt the same way about it! It really surprised me that it was so good. And that’s very fair- they’re certainly flawed. Awesome!

      Yeah for sure- I really wanna reread it as well- it just put me in such a good mood 😊

      Thank you! Brilliant!

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  2. Great suggestions! Being 14, I love To All the boys I’ve loved before! I really want to read Carry On but for some reason I haven’t yet…goal for 2019!!


  3. Ahhh love the Discworld books! And Jane Austen. Definitely happy books! Though I have to say, Little Women depressed me… I’ve never actually managed to get all the way through it because it’s just toooo sad!

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  4. Lara Jean makes me smile, because I love her so much. Simon was such a warm and fun story with great friendships, a good family, and a sweet romance. Isla is my favorite of the trio. Not only did I adore the romance, I thought Perkins ended the series really well. Getting some warm fuzzy feels just thinking about the end of that book.


  5. I LOVE Discworld! I think the series, in general, is the kind that brightens up my day.

    My lady Jane is on my TBR list! Just gotta find a copy and some time πŸ˜‚

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  6. This is such a good list! I love Isla and Simon and To All The Boys, these books made me so happy, I loved them ❀ I really want to read Nimona and The Hating game, they both sounds amazing πŸ™‚

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  7. My Lady Jane definitely brought a smile to my face, and so do classics in general! I find them strangely comforting (a reason why I enjoy historical fiction so much), though I do find contemporaries like Hating easy to enjoy as well. πŸ™‚ What a JOYful post!

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  8. Ah, love the list!
    Martian was a cool book. Should have been depressing, but it really wasn’t!
    I still need to read Simon vs and Carry On. Great to see them listed here.πŸ˜ƒ

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  9. The Hating Game was awesome and I can’t wait to read her new novel. Also, I did immediately think, What? The Martian is funny? You’re right though the main character had wit and charm even though he was all by himself… great post as usual!

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  10. SO MANY great books on this list! I might do a similar roundup, too (and link back here, of course!)

    And OMG I almost thought you were pulling a fast one and recommending super sad stories just to mess with us when I saw the first rec LMAO! Can you imagine?

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  11. I have read most of these and I totally agree with you! Especially about The Hating Game. If you’re having a shitty day sometimes you just need a sexy romance novel.

    I really love The Princess Diaries as happy books. Kind of a throw back, but I still pick them up from time to time and they never fail to make me smile πŸ™‚


  12. There so many great books on here! A personal favorite that you mentioned is My Lady Jane. It’s such an entertaining read and I just couldn’t stop giggling the entire time. I need to read more happy books like that, I think. Anyways, thanks for sharing such an amazing list of books! πŸ™‚

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  13. I’ve seen bits from Nimona and they’ve been so adorable and nice that I’m still actively trying to find a copy to read (I shall succeed). Discworld sounds great, and being written by Terry Pratchett elevates it a little more. I’ve yet to begin this huge series, but I’ll definitely look out for Going Postal! Fun list (and I have to be honest, when I saw The Martian, I did think β€œhas this monkey gone bananas?”)

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  14. Oh man. Little Women has such fond memories for me. I used to watch the film adaptation with my Grandmother every summer when I would stay with her for a week in the summer. I read it for the first time as an adult, and it was so heartwarming. Definitely the perfect book to read during Christmas.

    I also adored Simon vs. It isn’t my typical type of book, but it was definitely full of fluffy cuteness.

    I’m excited to see Going Postal on this list! I’m reading my first series within Discworld (Tiffany Aching series) and I was wondering where to go next.


  15. I loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – They’re two of my happy books too ❀️

    I really still want to read Nimona, its been on my TBR since forever!


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