Bookshelf: Feel Good Reading

Sometimes, you need a book that will lift your spirits and boost your mood. As of now, I am really not interested in reading anything overly dystopian or dark just because we get enough of that in the news. If you're looking for a feel-good book to pick up, try one of these!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
When in desperate need of a mood boost, always pick up a Harry Potter book. It's my immediate go-to for comfort!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Classics can have a reputation for being heavy, but Pride and Prejudice is so light and enjoyable. It's almost like the Regency version of Real Housewives with its social politics and boy talk.

Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny
Yes, they are murder mysteries but the setting in a Canadian village, the lovably complex characters, and descriptions of French comfort food are a feel-good combination. 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
This book is so funny. I think most of us want to be friends with Mindy Kaling and reading all of her hilarious stories and thoughts is pretty close to doing so!

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg
If you're looking to be inspired with regards to your career and life path, this is a great pick. DVF is a formidable icon and reading her life's story is sure to help you feel like you can do it too.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
This is one of my favorite stories. It's magical and captivating but spiritual and uplifting beneath the surface. The ending is such a beautiful twist.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The lightest story of Middle Earth, The Hobbit is a great pick when you want something in the fantasy realm that isn't dark or dystopian. It's a great adventure story with a very sunny, comedic tone.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
I love Julianne Donaldson's books! They are referred to as "proper romances" because the stories, set in the Regency era, do follow a love story but it isn't tragic, raunchy, or annoying. This is a great, quick read that'd be good for a rainy day.