We’re going into autumn now, and one thing that I love to do as it gets darker and colder is to cuddle up in my arm chair with a cup of steaming hot tea, a cozy sweater on and a great book. I have an inclination for ”feel good books”. There’s enough of ”the real world” in the real world, so when I dive into another world (as you often do with a good book) I prefer it to be something that leaves me with a sense of ”life is pretty awesome”. But of course, sometimes I deviate from that and other types of books slips into my reading.
Before we move on to my list of the feel good books I’d like to recommend I feel I should confess. I have a two soft spots when it comes to books. If they take place in France I’m probably going to pick it up because I loooove much of anything that has to do with France. And similarly, if there’s a cute pet involved in the story I’m biased to like it :)
The reason I decided to share my favorite feel good books with you today is because I recently created a new free printable for the Tribe Library. I thought this blog post would go well hand in hand with that freebie :)
The freebie is five book marks that you can print at home. I would suggest printing on thick paper, or if you can’t do that print on sticker labels. Then put the sticker on a thicker paper.
To get access to the library, and all my freebies there, simply go to the sign-up page. When you’ve signed-up you’ll get the login information directly sent to your inbox.
Ok, so here we go! Here are five feel good books that I want to recommend. I’ve tried to leave out the obvious ones like Eat, Pray, Love and Bridget Jones’ Diary and the such. If you like feel good books you’ve most likely already read those.
This book is about recovering after a breakup and a failed business endeavor. It’s about following your passion and letting it lead you to a life you never could’ve imagined for yourself. Plus Polly, whose life we’re following along in this book, ends up with a puffin (a sea bird) as a pet. He is adorable and adds a feeling of extra coziness to the book.
At first glance I thought this would be a pretty depressing book to read. Both when you read the storyline and the first few chapters it seems to be a sad and frustrating book to read. The main character doesn’t seem like the nicest person at first. But I promise it’s worth the read, and it’ll make you both laugh and cry. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try even though I was sure I’d become both frustrated and depressed by reading it ;) Oh, and by the way, the story takes place in Sweden :)
I don’t know if this is a feel good book per se, but to me it absolutely qualifies as a feel good book. But that could be due to me being drawn to anything that has to do with people who’ve moved to a sunny country and tells funny stories about the life as an expat. I love all of Peter’s books on his move to France and he’s written quite a few. This book, a year in provence, is the first in the series. It’s a great story on daring to move to a new country, settling into a completely new lifestyle and overcoming obstacles.
Peter shares his story on moving to Majorca, Spain, in this funny memoar. It’s charming and cheerful and gives a glimpse into the mediterranean way of life as an expat. I LOL’ed so many times when reading this book! Peter has the gift of being able to describe the beautiful scenery like you’re there with him. Ever since I read this book I’ve been wanting to go visit Majorca.
It’s a story about new beginnings, friendship and cute dogs. And a twist on minimalism in a way. I love Lucy’s way of writing, it feels so authentic and you really get sucked into the story immediately. I’ve read many of her books and they’re all great, but this one is my favorite to date!
How about you?
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite feel good book? At the moment I’m having a hard time finding new interesting feel good books so I would love some recommendations! :)