Or happy books for that matter? After recommending The Shadow of the Wind to someone, they loved it of course, they asked me for more suggestions. I immediately had a few book titles ready to shout out until I heard the dreaded words…“I think I want to read a happier book now.” Woah.
Let’s see what books I’ve enjoyed most recently:
1) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – a young boy’s grief after his father dies in 9/11
2) The Book Thief – Germany during WWII, Germans die from bombings and Jews die in concentration camps
3) The Bridge to Terabithia – contains a main character death (I won’t say the character’s name for the risk of spoiling it for others)
Then a realization hit me. I can’t think of a single good book I’ve read and really enjoyed recently that could be called a “happy book”.
Are the only books that appeal to me ones filled with tortured, struggling characters and tales of misery? It’s quite possible.
Since I’ve hit a depressing dead-end of happy book possibilities, I’m appealing to my blogging buddies for advice. What are some good happy books? Also, do you find you tend to read books of a similar mood or am I alone in loving the depressing ones?