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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face. Which begs the question, do I go the humorous route with books that literally made me laugh, or choose books that, well, just make me happy? I guess either fits the bill.

  • WINNIE THE POOH & THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER by A.A. Milne — Yes, why yes, I’m going there, again. So many happy memories and feel good moments associated with this series.
  • ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll — This is another of my happy reads. I remember reading this for the first time as a Tween and being astounded by Alice’s adventures. And, as a result, being hooked on fantasy reads from there on in.
  • PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie — I told you Alice’s adventures got me hooked on reading fantasy reads. So yes, of course I read Peter Pan and wanted, for the longest time, to then be Wendy, in the same way I wanted to be Alice!
  • THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis — I would put this whole series in this list, because these are books about adventure, exploration, and coming of age that everyone who reads them can identify with, or at least, I did. As a kid growing up without TV, this was my release to visit strange new worlds and boldly go where no child had gone before…
  • HAVE SPACE SUIT WILL TRAVEL by Robert A. Heinlein — One of the grand master of SF’s series of juvenile books, this one resonated with me as a teen. When a young boy gets his wish, winning a secondhand spacesuit from NASA—and ends up going on quite the journey … to the Moon.
  • PODKAYNE OF MARS by Robert A. Heinlein — another of Heinlein’s juvenile books about a young woman living on Mars who goes on an adventure, in space. Still a favourite of mine.
  • HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams — fun, funny and still a classic that I love to go back to every now and then.
  • FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE by Fannie Flagg — Evelyn, Ninny and Idgie and her friends and family grabbed me from the get go and never let go.
  • DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q Sutanto — This is one of those funny laugh out loud kind of reads, not just for some of the humour, which was ribald at times, but because of the situation our MC finds herself in. With a great deal of silliness, this was still, nonetheless, a very funny read which I enjoyed simply for what it was. Definitely not to be taken seriously on any level.
  •  A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman — while not strictly a fun or funny book, this is one of those heartwarming reads that draws you in because you know, in the end, you’re going to feel every moment of Ove’s heartbreaking journey.

And, because I forgot these … I’m doing an addendum of bonus books:

  • THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman

And you, what books still make you happy and smile and possibly, reread on a regular basis?


  1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was on my list, too!

    Now I wish I’d thought of Winnie the Pooh and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved those series as a kid. We seem to have similar reading tastes. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    • Yes, I saw that too. And we do seem to like similar books. This isn’t the first time we’ve both chosen similar titles or authors.

      And thank you too for always commenting.

  2. What a beautiful, beautiful list! Those first four entries are some of my favorites too, guaranteed to make you feel good! <3 <3 <3 And I've been eyeing A Man Called Ove for a while now, it's received such great reviews.

    • I think those are likely to be universal choices given most of us have read and loved them. Oh, and I do hope you give Ove a chance. I was reluctant at first but then, took the plunge and was pleasantly surprised.

  3. I have had a Man Named Ove on my list for quite a while now (it was mentioned in another book I was reading!), and I have seen it A LOT today. I need to make time for it 😉

    • I hope you do, Cindy. It’s one of those books that has made a deep impact on some readers. And thanks for stopping by to comment, as well, I really appreciate new visitors.

    • I couldn’t resist, Susan. Of all the books that make me feel happy, those first 4 top the bill. The joy they brought me as a child and teen got me reading, and I haven’t looked back since.

    • I actually read the book after I had seen the movie I was so smitten with the characters and story, I wanted to know more. Such a fascinating period in history, and I loved how it was so positive despite the setting and hardships.

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