Our Six Favourite Feel-Good Reads
Updated: Jun 26
We’re bombarded by news nowadays, aren’t we? Sometimes it’s just nice to escape it all, if only for a moment. To turn off the T.V, to put your phone in a drawer and to open the curtains and step-outside. In your hand, a cool drink, in the other, a new book. And now everything feels better, right?
It’s always nice to read a book that instantly makes you feel happier, that makes you feel like the real you. Regardless of what’s going on in the world outside, or even your personal inner-world, sometimes you want to read a book that makes you smile, that makes you think that life isn’t half-bad, and that it can, and will, get better.
Here are six books that instantly make us feel better on those gloomy days.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Tag along with Bill Bryson and his not-so-outdoorsy buddy Stephen Katz as they hike the Appalachian Trail, which is the longest continuous footpath in the world. Think, 2,200 miles of wilderness, of bears, of moose, even perhaps a murderer or two. That’s right, A Walk in the Woods is no picnic, but rather Bryson’s lifetime’s ambition not to die outside. Escape into nature yourself and have a good laugh at the same time.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
This could be considered the traditional feel-good book. If you want to escape your own life for a while, this is the perfect book for the job. Visit Jean Perdu’s ‘literary apothecary’ to be cured of your woes and fall in-love with Jean Perdu’s quest to fix his broken heart. Nina George’s amazing work will soothe your soul.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
If, like me, you’ve only ever seen the film of this and loved it, maybe it’s time to delve into the book? This is one of those feel-good books that you didn’t realise you needed until you’ve read it. A quaint French town layered in chocolate and romance. Nothing better for making you feel amazing, apart from a piece of chocolate itself, of course.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Do I even need to tell you why this would be a great read? Get cosy, get comfy, get your beverage of choice, and enjoy reading the actual book behind the amazing films. We could all do with a little more Bridget in our lives right now.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A feel-good book that helps you to truly escape. Reading this is a dreamlike experience that’s magical and enthralling. If you feel like you need more sparkle in your life, wait until nightfall, and go visit The Night Circus.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A book about an old man with attitude. He hates everyone. He hates joggers, he hates his neighbours, he hates shop assistants. He would most likely hate you too if he could. But, that’s the thing, there’s something special about Ove and as you read, as you delve deeper into his life, his story, you realise there’s more behind the man that meets the eye. A book that shows how important love and community are, and in these trying times, what could be better?
What're your favourite feel-good books? Let us know in the comments.