10 Books That Make Me Happy

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There are books I love and books I hate.  There are books that do nothing for me.  There are books that destroyed me emotionally, but I still love.  There are books I wish I never read.  There are books that draw me in so much that I get depressed when they get depressed; happy when they get happy; or angry when they are being idiots.  Then there are the books that make me happy.  These are the books that, even when they suck, I am so happy when I am doing reading them, I just can’t deny their power.  Here are those books:

  1. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void – Well, almost anything by Mary Roach could be on this list.  She asks the tough questions like those about pooping in space.  I spent so much time laughing that I had to pass this book on to other people.
  2. An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1) – I am only putting the first one here.  My love for Pride and Prejudice has already been discussed, but this is my favorite modern look at the series.  It’s a trilogy that focuses on what Darcy did in that year.  The first and third follow his side of the story we know, but book 2 is all original and fun.
  3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – If you saw the recent BBC miniseries you may know why this one made me happy.  I read this in the middle of the Harry Potter series and it was fun to get a different point of view on magic in the UK.  The ending was sad, but the entire book just made me happy.
  4. The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell is another author with a large number of books that could be put on this list.  The Wordy Shipmates specifically because it is about New England.  It made me appreciate living here in a while new way.  I always encourage her audiobooks too.  She is a fun reader with sharp wit and a distinctive voice.
  5. Moo – no, this is not about cows.  This book is about the inanity of academia.  Again, it made me feel happy because this is my life, but not so whack-a-doo.  I encourage people to try academic fiction.  Nothing is as bizarre as the inner workings of universities.
  6. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – Neil Gaiman is fun, but dark.  When he worked with Terry Pratchett it lightened it so much. This is not my favorite Gaiman novel, but I felt so good about the apocalypse by the time it was over, that it has a firm place on this list.
  7. The Princess Bride – most people don’t realize this was a book first.  Many readers don’t seem to realize that the entire book is fiction (all of it).  This one is worth the read.  It is funny and romantic and has action and has a realistic happy ending.
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – I may be dealing with WW2 burn out, but this one was worth it.  There was a lot of sadness in the book and I don’t think the romance was necessary, but it had a ending that made me close the book with a smile.
  9. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Has it ever been this good for geeks?  It was fun to read about the life of a woman my age whom I admire.  Despite all the hiccups, changes in plan, and weirdness of her life, Felicia Day is funny and takes it all with a lightness that made the book fun to read.
  10. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)– The last on this list was something I read years ago not knowing what to expect.  I love alternative realities, I love Jane Eyre, and I love satire.  I got all of it in this series.  I realized, as I added this to the list, that I never finished reading the series.  Well, add that to the 2016 list of books to read.

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