Book Recommendations That Will Lift Your Mood

Sunday, 22 March 2020

The world is a bit of a scary, uncertain place at the moment isn't it? With more people being told to stay indoors, I figured I would put together a little list of all the books I've read lately that have made me feel good, in the hope that some of you will also find them uplifting and perhaps even take your mind off what's going on outside for a little while.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
This is a book that is just so much fun. Tiffy and Leon share a flat in London but they have never met due to their conflicting work schedules, but instead they communicate through post-it notes and it's so, so adorable.

It's such a great read and one that had me laughing out loud on a few occasions. I really did love this slow-burn romance and typically I'm not one for slow-burn romances. O'Leary really does do an amazing job at bringing these characters to life and drawing you in to their situation; it's very hard not to root for these two characters because they are almost "too" perfect, but hey, there's nothing wrong with a bit of mushy-ness in a chicklit novel, right?

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is my most recent read and again, it was just so much fun! Olive and Ethan, who do not like each other, end up going on Olive's twin sister's (and Ethan's brother's) honeymoon when the whole wedding party fall ill, including the bride and groom.

The writing style is so refreshing and it is so incredibly light and easy to read, which is perfect if you're feeling a bit down in the dumps.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book is based on an ageing Hollywood icon who has decided that now is the time to tell her life story, and she does so by choosing an unknown magazine reporter and we follow both women as Evelyn's life story unfolds.

I really, truely, whole-heartedly LOVED this book to its core. Evelyn is complicated, lovable, loud and at times even awful. She is undoubtedly flawed, but also brave and compelling and ambitious. She clawed her way through grit to get to get where she wanted to be, and she never gave up. She dominated the big screen for more than 4 decades; every woman wanted to be her and every man wanted to be with her.

This is the perfect book to get completely immersed into and just forget about everything else going on. The book is so full of drama that it's hard not to be drawn in and it's one that I would read over and over again.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book is centred around Ove, who knows what he likes and knows what he doesn't and is a bit of a grumpy sod. On the surface he is miserable and rude and likes to point fingers at people. But behind the cranky exterior there is a true sadness about Ove, and we see this unfold when his two next door neighbours move in with their two young children and accidentally reverse their car into his letterbox. It's a tale about unexpected friendships and a bitter old man who's life is about to be changed forever - whether he likes it or not.

I feel like everyone knows an Ove. A grumpy, witty, to-the-point person who comes across a bit blunt and a bit rude. But you might not *really* them, and that's what this book explores, but it does so in such a beautiful and entertaining way that you never get bored of reading about the grumpy old man. I found that after I had finished a chapter I needed to read another one straight away because I couldn't get enough of Ove's story and everything that led him to where he is and how he is today.

This is such an utterly heartwarming story and one that will certainly have your smiling from ear to ear the whole way through.

What books have you been reading to take your mind off things?

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