Books Guaranteed to Make you SMILE :D

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It’s been a lovely week, all sunny and summer-like (and okay it was overcast today, but whatever, can’t win em all). Anyway, moving on, I thought I’d share some fun books which made me happy, in the hope that they will make you smile too!

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Carry On– I mention this book *a lot* but some books just deserve to get mentioned all the time- and this one just so happened to make me smile from ear to ear! And yes- it’s a satirical take on Harry Potter– that’s why it’s similar.


Wonder– this is a “happy” in a life affirming kind of way. This is seriously moving, yet will also undoubtedly make you crack a smile for sure!

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Howl’s Moving Castle– despite not enjoying the sequel as much, I can’t deny how much I adored the original. The characters and world are so vivid! And of course, like many of Diana Wynne Jones’ books, it made me exquisitely happy.

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Northanger Abbey– I can’t have a list about books that made me happy and not include Austen on it. I absolutely adore the romance in this one and it makes for a fabulous subversion of the gothic tropes.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After– I mean the clue is in the title 😉 I kinda had to include it on this list- it’s such a delightful contemporary.

the hating game

The Hating Game– this is another romance that made me stupidly happy. I didn’t expect to love this quite as much as I did, but it had me laughing the whole way through and I couldn’t stop reading this addictive book.

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My Lady Jane– I read this really recently and haven’t done the review yet, but I guarantee it will be positive, cos this book was SO GOOD and made me SO HAPPY. Yes, it was totally out there as a historical retelling, but that’s what made it so brilliant.

the martian

The Martian– a story about getting stuck on Mars- how can that make you *smile*? I hear you ask. Well, that’s thanks to the indomitable Mark Watney! His fantastic sense of humour could make even potato farming in space interesting!

blithe spirit

Blithe Spirit– this is another weirdly happy story- it’s a play about a man whose dead wife comes back to haunt him and it is SO FUNNY. Yup, you read that right, a play about being haunted is funny. I recommend the 1945 film as well 😀

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Going Postal– on the topic of eccentric British work, I could hardly neglect to include Pratchett. This is one of my favourites and happens to be one of the funniest- need I say more?

And last but not least…



We Go to the Gallery– Yes this may look like picture books, but they are in fact adult picture books! Which is totally different, cos, well they’re hilarious! Definitely recommend checking the series out and plus they make a really great gift if you’re ever stuck for something 😉

So have you read any of these? Did they make you smile? And what books have made you smile in the past? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Monkey Mini Review – January

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Well hello! Welcome to my first mini reviews of the year! Now, of course, this only being a few days into the New Year, I don’t have any books from 2018 to review yet. But, being super disorganised, I left a fair number of reviews unfinished from last year. Also I was in a massive slump towards the end of the 2017 (and still kinda am) so there aren’t many on this- let’s get to it!

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November 9– This was funny, quirky and entertaining!! If you don’t like cheesy stories, then look away- but for everyone else that appreciates an extra dollop of cheese THIS IS DEFINITELY FOR YOU.  The romance was really good, I genuinely didn’t expect it to go in the direction that it did and it ended on a high- which is exactly what you want in this kind of book. It also had some great subplot elements and the use of subplots to do with writing and reading made it surprisingly meta. Plus the little poems in between each part were really good. So this will come as no surprise for romance fans: Colleen Hoover strikes again!

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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Wonder– Wonder really was wonderful. It made me feel *all the feels*. By the end I was so moved I was all tingly. It was very well written, the characters were beautifully crafted and I appreciated all the lots of different perspectives. The only reason why I don’t have a proper review is because I was too engrossed in the novel to take notes! But I will say it had powerful messages about being kind to each other.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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bridge to terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia– Another one I didn’t write any notes for. I still want to mention it though because it was a very moving book and it’s worth checking out if you haven’t already. I did already know what was gonna happen because I’d seen the film years ago, but it was still impactful and got me to tear up anyway.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!