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If you need uplifting books to read, look no further than this list of light novels that will brighten your day. This list of feel-good books includes funny novels, light romance, a little snark, light magic, and more. These are perfect options if you need fun books to read, or light summer beach reads.
It’s clear to me that a lot of people want to read more books in 2020. Based on the searches, emails, and huge amounts of visits to my list of some of the best books to start a reading habit, I spy a lot of resolutions to read more this year.
Obviously, this is amazing, and so I’m making it a priority to continue building out the lists of highly readable books for each genre on the original list. And today is one of the most fun categories: unputdownable light, funny, or uplifting books.
In putting together this list, I realized two things:
- I really love well-written, funny novels
- I don’t read nearly enough of them.
There’s definitely no shortage of unsatisfying fluff to read, and I think that’s sometimes what keeps me from picking up books that look a little lighter. The stories in those books are light enough, which sometimes is great, but they are forgettable.
And if you’re trying to get back into reading and just want a feel-good novel or a funny book that will make you laugh, a lackluster story isn’t going to help you get back in the habit.
That’s why I’m putting together these expanded lists of compulsively readable books.
I want to help you find the right book to kick off your reading hobby, one that you enjoy so much you just have to pick up another one.
Because those of us who read ALL the time? That’s what we’re after: that same feeling we got from previous books we’ve loved.
If your tastes veer toward lighter reads, or if you’re just in the mood for some today, below are some options to get you reading.
These feel-good books are perfect options if you need a read to boost your mood and inject a little happy into your reading list. Because let’s face it: sometimes we all just need some fun books to read.
The list includes books for a variety of tastes: a few with a little romance, some that are a little snarky, others that are more cozy, a couple with a touch of magic, and some that are uplifting. I hope you find some you love!
11 Fun and Feel-Good Books to start Your Reading Habit
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publish Date: 7/9/19
Introverted, bookish Nina Hill’s life is upended when she is named in the will of a father she never met and thrust into a large and complicated family. Charming, a little snarky, and quick-witted–a great choice for fans of Gilmore Girls. Full review
Author: Richard Roper
Publish Date: 5/28/19
Andrew’s job takes him into the homes of people who have died alone–so he is keenly aware of what a life of loneliness means. He’s just not sure how to make his own life less lonely. A friendly new coworker gives him hope. A great read-alike for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal
Publish Date: 04/30/19
When their Punjabi mother dies, British-born sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina agree to carry out her last wish: a pilgrimage to India. A fast, smart read that brings together three sisters and forces them to grapple with their differences, in surprising and sometimes amusing ways. Full review
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Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Publish Date: 10/11/16
Tough attorney Paula Vauss has a secret past with her mother, who she sends checks to every month. One month it’s returned, and then a surprise sibling shows up. They go on a search for the mother she hasn’t seen in years. While not my favorite of hers, this has Jackson’s signature sly humor. Grab any of her audioboooks–she narrates and is amazing. Full review
Author: Jon Cohen
Publish Date: 06/25/19
When Harry’s wife unexpectedly dies, he retreats to the forest to grieve. There he meets a young girl and her mother who are also grieving. The girl is convinced she and Harry have a mission that will pull them all from the depths of their grief. Less funny than others on this list, but definitely heartwarming and a little magical. Full review
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Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publish Date: 12/26/17
The women in the Waverly family all have light touches of magical powers–gifts that affect moods, appearances, and spaces.. When a stranger shows up, their family and lives are disrupted. This is a charming, light read for those times when you’re willing to suspend belief and just go along for the ride. Full review
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publish Date: 12/02/14
A.J. Fikry is a cranky bookstore owner who has to rethink his life when an unexpected package shows up. A perfect “heartwarming curmudgeon” story for bookworms–books and stories are woven into the lives of the characters in charming and surprising ways. Full review
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Author: Jenny Colgan
Publish Date: 09/20/16
Nina Redmond has lost her job as a librarian and decided to take a chance: she is going to buy a van and open a mobile bookstore, in Scotland. Filled with quirky characters, light romance, and lots of book love, this is possibly the most cozy and charming book on this list. The perfect light, escapist read (listen to the audio for great Scottish brogue!). Full review
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Author: Anne Tyler
Publish Date: 03/28/17
Anne Tyler’s modern retelling of the Taming of the Shrew brings us Kate Battista, a 20-something who is stuck at home and in a dead-end job. When her scatterbrained scientist father asks her to consider marrying his assistant, who is about to lose his visa, Kate has to decide what path she wants her life to take. A light, easy audiobook listen. Full review
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publish Date: 05/20/14
When Rachel, an American, is introduced to her fiancé’s wealthy family, she finds herself in a world of excess and maneuvering that she never expected. A funny, snarky, voyeuristic look at the richest of the rich in Singapore, the whole trilogy is a fun read. Full review
Author: Julie Schumacher
Publish Date: 06/23/15
Through the recommendation letters written he writes for students, a creative writing professor at a small university uses the platform to vent about life in academia. The letters get funnier and more absurd as his frustrations grow. This is a perfect read for anyone who has ever tried to navigate academic bureaucracy. Full review
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