Let’s face it, life is pretty miserable right now. So, it’s nice to dive into something to make you feel a little better. On that note here are my top five feel good reads at the moment!
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
Monty basically is my sense of humour—dry, British, and a tad inappropriate. So this book had to be up here. If you can get this on audio, I would recommend that even more (it’s narrated by Tom Riddle himself, Christian Coulson, and it is bloomin’ glorious). A beautiful slow burn love story mixed in with everything an adventure novel should have (including pirates!), and just enough of a heart-wrenching plot to sink your teeth into, makes me wish I’d written this.
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
Do I even need to explain this one? I don’t think I need to say more than: Harry Potter jokes and Blue, right?
- The Luxe by Anna Godberson.
I haven’t read this one in years but I read it so many times as a teenager. In short it’s Gossip Girl in the 1890s, need I go on?
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.
If you don’t have time to read this you must check out the BBC movie instead. You can’t die until you have. A beautiful story about a WW2 evacuee being placed with a grumpy old man who must change his ways (and the boy himself has several demons in his past). This will make you laugh, cry, and want a nice warm hug.
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber.
A novel about a teen girl coming to terms with her sister’s death doesn’t sound particularly feel good, but the fact Katherine Webber calls out some toxic male BS, along with a great coming of age story, made it feel good for me.
Also, Harry Potter, but I felt that was too cliché to actually put in this list…