What is it about reading that readers love so much? It turns out that there are as many reasons to love reading as there are people who love to read. Many find a means of escape from the daily stresses of life between the covers of a book. Some read to understand other people’s perspectives or visit places they have never been before. Others read for entertainment. However, to anyone who has found themselves lost in a good story, it is evident that books have the power to impact our emotions and can evoke belly laughs or streaming tears with the turn of a page. For those who read for grins and giggles, check out these happy books:
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Described on its cover as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic,” this book is great for any time of the year when you just need a good hard belly laugh.
How To Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson
When the daily grind has got you down, this book offers hilarious insights into why we are so work-obsessed and how to be a better loafer.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
This book takes looking at life from a new perspective to a whole new level when the heroine swaps lives with her 79-year-old grandmother to get a break from her high-flying career.
The Lido by Libby Page
United by a shared interest in the fate of a local swimming hole, 26-year-old Kate and 86-year-old Rosemary find friendship in this heartwarming tale of community, teamwork, and self-belief.
Sinners and Saints by Allie Bloom
One part coming-of-age story and one part tale of personal redemption, this lighthearted romp follows a young niece and her roguish uncle on their concurrent journeys of self-discovery and growth.
Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
A young female journalist dreams of becoming a war correspondent in blitz-torn London but finds herself running the agony aunt column instead in this story of female friendship.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This heartwarming story follows several years of the life of a celebrated author whose life’s mission becomes returning lost objects to their owners.