Life is hard, right? Sometimes life throws you curve balls and you just can’t hit them. They smash into your eye, or stomach, and you double over and it’s just hard. I think that’s why I love reading so much, because it’s so easy to disappear to somewhere better. When you pick up a book you know that there’s going to be a plot, and a climax, and usually a happy ending. (In the books I read, everything ends happy.) I love happy endings, especially romantic ones.
Tonight I’ve been thinking about my favorite ‘Happy’ reads, and thought you guys might be interested in my list.
I loved almost this entire series, but Lover Eternal holds a very special place in my heart.
In this world, all the men are as macho and alpha as you can get, but they all turn gooey with their females. Rhage takes everything that extra step further. He’s such an amazing character. He’s so kind and gentle, and his love for Mary was… I don’t even know how to describe it. His love for Mary was so pure and beautiful, it made me ache.
There are so many scenes in this book that make me feel good, like Mary feeding Rhage ice cream or when he brings food to her. Or when Rhage holds the moon in his palm. Sometimes when I’m outside, I hold the moon in my palm in their honor.
When I’m feeling down, I know this book will lift me back up.
I found The Sherbrooke Bride when I was in High School. It was the first Catherine Coulter I ever read. Since discovering Sherbrooke Bride, I’ve read many of Coulter’s other Regency Romances and they were all good, but none of them came close to my first.
Obviously most stories aren’t all happy all the time, you have to get through the rough spots to find your way to the happy place. Sherbrooke Bride was no different, however even through all the drama there was a lightness, a humor, that made this one of my favorite comfort books of all time.
To this day, Alex remains one of my favorite heroines. She was the perfect balance of innocence and bravery. I loved that she was curvy, and small. I loved that she wasn’t described as ‘alluringly beautiful’. I love that Douglas didn’t love her immediately. I love everything.
For me, when I need an old friend, I pick up Alex and Douglas to comfort me.
Eleanor & Park had a really intense subject matter, and I’m not trying to make light of, or take away from, the abuse.
The reason I chose this as one of my Happy books is because of how Eleanor & Park were with each other. This is one of my most highlighted books. There are so many quotes that blew me away, and all of them had to do with the relationship that developed between E&P.
“Park ran his hand out to her hip and back again, catching his thumb under her sweater. She swallowed and lifted her chin.
He pulled her sweater up farther and, then, without thinking about why, he pulled up his shirt, too, and laid his bare stomach against hers.
Eleanor’s face crumpled, and it made him come unhinged.
‘You can be Han Solo,’ he said, kissing her throat. ‘And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.'”
How do you not feel that? How does it not fill you with love and joy?
Okay okay, you’re probably tired of hearing about this book but I can’t talk about stories that make me happy and leave off How to be a Normal Person.
Laughter makes me happy, and How to be a Normal Person is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I laughed so hard from the first chapter, all the way to the end. That alone would catapult this book onto my Happy list, however it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
The real reason I feel so happy would be because of Gus and Casey. Gus is so grouchy, but in the most endearing way possible. I love how intimidated he was by Casey, and that caused him to be extra awkward in all of their initial interactions. I loved how relaxed and laid back Casey was in return. The more awkward Gus was, the more Casey fell for him. Casey was amazing, with his compassion, and sweetness, and hugs.
What could be happier than Casey’s epic hugs!