10 Books To Put a Smile On Your Face #TopTenTuesday

September 7, 2021

10 Books To Put a Smile On Your Face #TopTenTuesday

10 Books That Made Me Smile (image: a woman seated with her hand at her chin looking up and laughing)

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Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

What is the last book that made you smile?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Put A Smile On Your Face.

It’s posts like these that cause me to realize that the majority of my reading is really intense! It challenges me to come up with lighter reads. I do love Quirky Characters, so mostly quirky characters provide the levity in my reading life.

I wrote a post similar to this in February of 2021 and in 2020, so I’m revising those lists today to add some new selections. I think that during the Pandemic, I definitely sought out some lighter reads. These are the first ten books that I came across in my Goodreads list that brought a smile to my face. While none are hilarious or laugh out loud funny, each one has some funny or heartwarming moments that make my reading heart light and happy. Obviously, my list is heavily quirky character-driven! (Looking at you Backman!)

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The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

In spite of some thoughtful and heavy themes, this story has some humorous and light moments that will put a smile on your face! My review of Funny Thing About Norman Foreman here.

The Funny Thing Aboout Norman Foreman by ???? (cover) Image: a man wearing a red t shirt and brown pants stands at the beginning of a yellow path


The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

A quirky story with loveable characters and thoughtful themes. My review of Invisible Husband of Frick Island here.

Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (cover) Image: coral and blue text....individual waves wrap randomly around the text


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. My review of Things My Son Needs to Know here.

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


Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Although not humorous, this story about two estranged sisters sent on a trip to Europe together by their grandmother to deliver messages on her behalf certainly brought a smile to my face on many occasions. Sister dynamics are always fun!  I’m fairly certain this heartfelt story will make my best of 2021 list! It reminded me of  The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in some ways. My review of Three Words For Goodbye here.

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (cover) Image: two young women holding promotional materials and wearing hats stand next to a railing on an ocean liner


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

In addition to some heart-tugging themes, Backman writes a cast of characters that will provide many smiles. My review of Anxious People here.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man and woman stand against a railing with backs to the camera


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (the audio)

The audio format of this story is excellent and, despite the harrowing circumstances, the unlikely friendship brought a smile to my face on several occasions. Who would have thought that a sci-fi story would have an incredible and heartfelt friendship theme? Certainly not me! I love that this story is also appropriate for high school students and would make a great family reading experience (a scattering of F-bombs from my recollection).  My review of Project Hail Mary here.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Curmudgeonly Ove is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face….especially if you have an older Swedish relative! (content warning for suicidal ideation as Ove is depressed over the loss of his wife)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man with a cat brushing against his legs stands in an open field with his back to the camera


The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

In spite of some heavier themes, a cooking competition during WW11 brings a few smiles as four women compete and ultimately support one another. My review of Kitchen Front here.

the Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (cover) Image: a young woman dressed in a red blouse and a white apron holds a recipe book close to her chest


Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Have I mentioned that Fredik Backman writes endearing curmudgeonly characters? Earnest Britt-Marie will bring a smile to your face. Not reviewed.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a woman stands on a sidewalk with her back to the camera, a valise and soccer ball at her feet


Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

This is #2 in the Cornish Midwife series (can be read as a stand alone) and is a light story (uplit) with a few heartfelt themes of friendship, women supporting women, and small town community. My review of Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife here.

A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: A young woman stands on a bluff holding a bouquet of flowers and overlooking a small seaside village



Bonus! Here’s a picture book that will guarantee a smile!

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

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

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



 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” read?



Happy Reading Bookworms!

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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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43 thoughts on “10 Books To Put a Smile On Your Face #TopTenTuesday

  1. T^hanks Carol, this was great to get some more titles. I’ve just downloaded the two Cornish Midwife books from Kindle Unlimited for free so look forward to some light reading. I too have gone with more light reads during lockdown.

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  2. Great list, Carol! The Invisible Husband of Frick Island definitely brought a smile to my face. I have been wanting to read Anxious People, since it is Bachman, I figured it would include some interesting characters.

    The most recent book that put a smile on my face – enough that I even mentioned that in my review – was Closely Harbored Secrets by Bree Baker. It is the 5th book in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series. Every book has put a smile on my face. Even though they are mysteries and that part can be heavy, the main character is so likeable as are the supporting characters and every book ends on a positive note. They just put a smile on my face 🙂.

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    • It’s definitely list worthy! I hope you enjoy it when the opportunity to read it presents itself! At least it will satisfy your curiosity….but I hope you love Ove! I’m hopping over now to read your post. Thanks for commenting Cindy!

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  3. I said the same thing in my post—topics like these make me realize how heavy most of my reading is. It’s not that I don’t like humor, I just generally prefer it to be part of a more serious story not the whole story.

    THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE sounds like such a great read. I’m hoping to get to it before the year ends.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  4. Books can put a smile on your face without being laugh out loud funny is so true. I have read a few of these, but will be putting a couple of them on my TBR. I fully intended to do the Top Ten this week, but ended up with company, so will probably post Top Ten Tuesday on Wednesday this week.

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    • Backman books are so different! If you like a quirky character start with A Man Called Ove. If you like Drama and social issues start with Beartown. If you like humor/mystery/poignant themes start with Anxious People. Happy reading!

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