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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This weeks theme is:
July 14: Books That Make Me Smile
This one was hard to narrow down, because I’m forever smiling and making heart eyes at cute moments in stories.
But I’ve picked ten books that I remember made me grin with wild abandon.
My So-Called Bollywood Life
*gets out megaphone* I ADORED THIS BOOK. There were so many lovely scenes between Winnie and Dev that made me smile instantly, and the relationship Winnie had with her family was high-key wonderful.
I read this book recently and virtually every chapter made me smile and laugh. There are so many cute, burgeoning romantic moments that made me smile and when I finished the last page I was definietly making an *UWU* face.
You Should See Me in a Crown
This book gave me so many reasons to smile: a warm sapphic romance, a brilliant prom scene, and the main character, Liz, getting a happy ending. It was wonderfully uplifting in so many ways.
This chaotic fun of this graphic novel was guaranteed to make me smile. And it did, many many times. The main characters run from place to place across the pumpkin patch and get into hijinks (such an underrated word?) along the way, and it’s just soft, heart-warming fun.
The Black Veins
What made me smile about this book was the characters and their moments of innocent awe and happiness. Antonio in particular was my favourite and a complete sweetheart. All his scenes and dialogue made me smile. Check out my full review of the Black Veins and Q&A with the author here.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
There were so many moments of pure joy in this book that made me smile unreservedly. A lot of these moments involved Linus bonding with the children, but others included Linus and Arthur getting to know each other, and Arthur’s secret being revealed.
This is an enemies to lovers romance between Jack and Pepper and, as with many enemies-to-lovers books, the moments where they began to like each other instead of despising each other make me grin. A lot.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos
If you want a feel-good, family-oriented, make-you-smile each time you pick it up kind of book, then this is your book. Whether it was Rosa’s bad luck or her plans for the fair/festival, this book was constantly making me smile.
After three or four stories in this anthology, I lost track of how many times I smiled. Some of these stories are sad and more serious, but some are so full of love and light that you can’t help but grin.
The Paper and Hearts Society
This lovely YA story about friendship, family, and finding ‘your people’ has warmth, heart, and upbeat messages about being true to yourself. The road trip scenes and the nods to Shakespeare gave me a lot of reasons to smile.
Which books make you smile? Are there any books that are your go-to reads if you need a cheerful, uplifting book.