If you are in a funk, sometimes the solution is to read it away, but be careful which book you choose. The English comedian Stephen Fry wisely notes: “Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.” No Dostoevsky or Proust. Look for funny, romantic, whimsical.
The lists I found had books I would not necessarily associate with good feelings (like Julia Pierpont’s “Among the Ten Thousand Things”). When I found a list with Sophie Kinsella and Maria Semple, I knew I was in the right direction and Beth Carswell for Abe Books had a list with a mix of twenty-five old and new, Feel Good Reads.
Not all would be on my list, but I plan to try a few, especially the Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson’s Something Under the Bed is Drooling.
What do you read when you need a mood boost?