#TopTenTuesday: 10 Books That Make Me Smile

July 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Make Me Smile

Top Ten Tuesday celebrating 10 years (image: a birthday cake with 10 candles)

*I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile.

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Today’s prompt is “Books That Make Me Smile” and I hope that I’ve chosen books that will make you smile, also. I interpret “make me smile” to mean that they make me “happy I read that,” not funny books that make me laugh out loud.

Because I read a great deal of histfic, I do not have an overabundance of “uplit” books that fall into this category. I hope you enjoy the titles I’ve picked out for this week’s prompt. Let me know if we share any favorites or if you have an “uplit” title I can add to my list.

 *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.


No.1 Ladies Detective Series by Alexander McCall Smith

Kind, gracious, and wise Mma Precious Ramotswe and a cast of quirky supporting characters and the culture of Botswana bring many smiles to my face. A recent favorite is The House of Unexpected Sisters and I look forward to a new installment this fall, How to Raise an Elephant. Each installment is like visiting with old friends. If you are looking for easy-reading, gentle, comfort reads with likable characters and uplifting themes, this might be a good option.


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman

Smart, snappy, and humorous writing with a likable and quirky character will bring a smile to your face. (skip Ch 5 if you are would rather not read crude humor)


Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (cover)

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

If you have children in your life, Backman’s essays on parenthood will bring a smile to your face.


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (cover) Image: pen and ink sketch of a horse, a boy, a mole, and a fox

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Delightful illustrations and poignant, thoughtful reflections on life (reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh) will bring a smile to your face.


This Won't End Well (cover) ....a young woman peeking through some bushes

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán

Some snappy writing, a quirky character, and an enemies to lovers trope will bring a smile to your face.


Guernsey

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

A delightful group of quirky characters, a book club formed from necessity during the war, a loving community, a quaint village, and a gently told story of found family will put a smile on your face.
(are you surprised or entertained by the way I work this book into almost every list?!)


Talking as Fast AS I Can by Lauren Graham (cover) Image: A smiling Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls or Parenthood this memoir might bring a smile to your face.


The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Reading about the Danish secrets to cozy living might bring a smile to your face.


84, Charing Cross Road by Jelene Hanff (cover) Image: sepia toned picture of a London bookstore

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This candid and endearing classic collection of letters between Helene Hanff of New York and a bookstore owner in England will bring a smile to your face.


the Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (cover) Image: a graphic image of three women in front of a mosque

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Although there are some thoughtful themes, the trip these sisters take in memory of their mom is heartwarming and their adventures will bring a smile to your face.


The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (cover)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Even though Harold struggles with some personal issues, his unlikely pilgrimage will bring a smile to your face.


***EDIT: OOPS! I just realize I have 11 listed here!



 QOTD:

Have you read any of these stories and did they bring a smile to your face?

What is your favorite “book-that-make-me-smile” title?



Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



ICYMI:

TTT: 10 Highly Rated and Favorite WW1 and WW11 Books



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Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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45 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: 10 Books That Make Me Smile

  1. I love your list – I just completed a “books I’m grateful to have read” challenge, and I had a hard time limiting my list. I love Lauren Graham, and This Won’t End Well has been on my TBR list forever. I recently read (well, listened to) Bossypants by Tina Fey – it made me laugh out loud (not the best thing, since I was supposed to be working).

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