What To Read When You Really Need To Smile

by Melissa Ragsdale

Finding a book that makes you smile is like finding a new best friend. Don't get me wrong, I'm always up for a good book-induced cry. But there is something particularly wonderful about a book that puts a grin on your face. Some books are like portable bundles of joy, and when you soak them in, the world becomes a little brighter.

I'm definitely one of those people who is prone to laughing out loud at the book she's reading, making me look a little crazy to anybody who happens to be around. But I don't care! When a book is able to spark that energy in me, it feels so good.

Even on the hardest days, reading can be the best medicine. By opening up a book, you can step away from your troubles and let the author take the reigns. And for me, some of the most fun books are the ones that talk about life's challenges and put their own humorous spin on them.

No matter what life's thrown your way, here are some books to put a smile on your face. Whether you're looking for a memoir or an epic adventure, any one of these books is sure to light up your world.


'This is Just My Face' by Gabourey Sidibe

Delightful, honest, and buzzing with energy, this memoir is out-of-this-world smile-inducing. Sidibe's effervescent personality shines through her writing, and you'll feel like you're having a one-on-one talk with your BFF as you read her life story.

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'Sofia Khan is Not Obliged' by Ayisha Malik

This fresh and fun novel will light up your world this summer. After a break-up, Sofia decides to swear off men... until her boss convinces her to write an expose on the Muslim dating scene. Described by readers as the "Muslim Bridget Jones," this warm-hearted, hilarious novel is sure to become one of your favorites.

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'We Are Never Meeting In Real Life' by Samantha Irby

As the jacket copy says, "Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire." In this collection of essays, Irby tackles even tough subjects with an attitude that is whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.

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'The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet' by Becky Chambers

This book has been described as "feel good science fiction," and it won't take you long to understand how apt a description that is. This novel is filled with amazing characters, interesting worlds, and a universe that is just a little kinder than our own.

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'Hot Dog Taste Test' by Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt, the art director for BoJack Horseman, explores foodie subculture in a book of funny and engaging comics. Hanawalt's style is utterly distinctive, and her observations are hilariously spot-on.

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'The Book With No Pictures' by B.J. Novak

I know this is "just" a kid's book, but I dare you to read it out loud without bursting out into laughter.

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'My Lady Jane' by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Three stellar YA authors teamed up to pen this novel, a satirical fantasy that will have you giggling long into the night. The book retells the story of Lady Jane Grey, who is being married off and is destined to become the Queen of England.

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