Some days, you just can’t seem to shake your bad mood. Whether it’s the weather, or a string of things that keep going wrong, life can just get you down. So how do you break out of an emotional rain cloud? Books, naturally.
What better place to turn to lift your spirits, than the pages of your favorite novel? From your favorite childhood read, to a tried and true classic, to the guilty pleasure series that never fails to put a smile on your face, there are some books that you can’t read without feeling happy. There’s a reason some of your paperbacks are so well-worn, and there’s a reason you keep that one special book in your purse at all times: reading your favorite book is a surefire way to beat the blues.
I don’t organize my bookshelf alphabetically; I have a specific system. Most shelves are organized by topic (childhood books on one shelf, young adult books on another, classics all together, etc.). But the top shelf is special. That’s where I keep the Most Important Books to me; the ones that always make me feel happy when I read them. So I asked a group of women — what's your Top Shelf book that always puts you in a good mood?
1. The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner
— Tanya, 43
2. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
— Chelsey, 26
3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
— Maddie, 23
4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
— Amelia, 21
5. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
— Rachel, 33
6. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reading in general puts me in a good mood, it's why I love to read! But I will always go to Jane Austen (specifically Pride and Prejudice) if I'm desperate for a feel good story. Lizzy Bennet is my spirit animal.
— Kelsey, 24
7. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
— Hannah, 21
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
— Rachel, 22
9. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
— Kirsten, 52
10. The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster
11. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
— Adina, 21
12. The Shining by Stephen King
— Vanesa, 24
13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
— Amanda, 35
14. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
— Jamie, 23
15. Me and Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews