10 Books That Made Me Smile – Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books That Make Me Smile. Honestly – unless I hate a book, there are usually at least a few moments where I smile – and below is a list of some of my favourites that have made me smile over the years. Are any of these books on your list?

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  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Honestly, this entire book was littered with cute, smile worthy moments – from Cath and Levi’s first kiss to when Cath and her roommate finally start to bond. This whole book is warm and gooey and realistic and wonderful. I reread it almost every year.
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Definitely the best book by Christina Lauren – and those two write a ton of super cute books. I’m a sucker for an enemies to romance trope, and this was a near perfect execution of that. If you don’t smile when you read this book, I’m not sure if we can be friends.
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I mean, come on. This is one of the most talked about contemporary romances ever (and I am dying to see the upcoming movie!). It’s hard to go a single page without smiling at this book.
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – This book will make you smile at all the bad ass feminist women, and also at the massive chemistry between the two leads. It’s swoony and women empowered – what’s not to like?
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – This book surprised me, I wasn’t sure if I would like it based only off of the the description. However, this book made me smile a ton: from the hilarity of the tweets between the two leads, to their slow burn romance.

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  • Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas – There’s very few people in the world who haven’t been impacted by Walt Disney’s work in some way or another. He’s become something of a mythic figure, and this biography makes light of who the man behind modern animation was, and just how funny he could be.
  • Supernova by Marissa Meyer – The finale of the Renegades series – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the point of view of Nova is deeply sarcastic and humorous.
  • What You Wish For by Katherine Center – If you haven’t read a book by Katherine Center, go do that ASAP (my review of Things You Save in a Fire and How to Walk Away). She writes the most poignant books that illuminate the light in the darkest scenarios.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – This was one of those books that will make you cry and smile and laugh within the span of only a few chapters.
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – If you haven’t read a book by either of these two, please do that. They are hilarious, amazing authors.

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    1. I’d highly recommend it! Also, Netflix made a really good movie adaptation

    2. Ooo so many books that I want to read. THE Guernsey Literary and potato peel society has been on my TBR list for the longest time and I really need to read it. I’ve seen the Unhoneymooners recommended by a few different people and it sounds really good. I’ve never read Katherine Center but I’ve added a few of her books to my tbr list thanks to your post.

  1. I love Fangirl. And Cath’s relationship with her roommate Reagan was one of my favorite parts of that story- it just felt so true to life about how roommate relationships can go in college. Tweet Cute and The Unhoneymooners (I especially love the cover) look great too.

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  2. Wow! So many amazing sounding books! Of course I have a special place in my heart for Pratchett but I particularly like the sound of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society… because how could you not with a name like that! 😀

  3. Good Omens and Guernsey are both books that make me smile. I have just requested the Dunmore book from the library!

  4. I loved FANGIRL and enjoyed GOOD OMENS on TV but haven’t read the book. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week! Stay safely away from the coronavirus!

  5. Loved Bringing Down the Duke and The Hating Game! Thanks for visiting my TTT! 🙂

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  7. Marissa Meyer is definitely on my auto-buy as well, though I’ve read only the Lunar Chronicles series and Wires and Nerve. All five books have made me smile though. As does Fangirl! Great list.

  8. The unhoneymooners was such a fun read!
    I really need to pick up Supernova, and finish the series!

  9. There are so many cool contemporary books on this list I haven’t read read but really want to (The Unhoneymooners, Fangirl, The Hating Game). I hope that I can catch up on that asap. Wonderful list!! ⭐

  10. I’ve read the other two Katherine Center books you mentioned but not What you Wish For yet. I loved Guernsey and I still have Fangirl on my list. Adding some of your others! I’ve listened to several Neil Gaiman and one Terry Pratchett on Audio, but can’t remember if I listened to Good Omens. Going on the TBL list, if not!
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  11. So many of these are on my TBR! Fangirl especially, and I need to start the Renegades series. I’ve heard a lot about The Hating Game so need to check that out! I also saw the Good Omens TV show and really enjoyed it, so that’s another one for the TBR stack 😀

  12. I loved Fangirl when I first read it! I remember relating so much to it because I think I was a fresh college graduate, so I understood Cath’s struggles, ups and downs, etc. Plus her and Levi are just too cute. I want to read the book of the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, but I saw the movie and really enjoyed it!

  13. Fun list! Fangirl wasn’t on my list this week, but it made me smile when I read it so it could have been! I’ll have to check out that Disney bio also. It sounds like a fun look at his life.

  14. Ooh Fangirl and Good Omens are such great picks! Thanks for stopping by my blog–just followed yours as well! 🙂

  15. Yesss, love seeing Fangirl and The Hating Game on here! Ashamed to say that I have only picked up one book by Christina Lauren (it was Roomies) and I keep meaning to read more by them! And eeek, the Renegades trilogy! Still need to get around to starting that…

  16. Really need to read a novel by Katherine Center, and I quite enjoyed “Tweet Cute.” It was a fun little read. 🙂

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