20 Favorite Pick-Me-Up Books

Posted by Hayley on April 17, 2015
The right book can chase away even the gloomiest moods. In the company of cheerful characters and playful prose, worries slip away and anxiety fades. Everyone should have at least one pick-me-up book. Last week we asked on Facebook and on Twitter: What's yours?

Today we've got some of your top answers, from laugh-out-loud capers to heartwarming stories of friendship and romance. If your favorite didn't make the list, share it with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Glen (new)

Glen Bocox i love 14,000 things to be happy about...i like lists...


message 2: by Claire (new)

Claire My list would include Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Cold Comfort Farm and The Enchanted April.


message 3: by Susan (new)

Susan My favorite book is WHAT GRANDMOTHER'S CAN DO. A great read for the grand babies


message 4: by Ann (new)

Ann No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


message 5: by Viky (new)

Viky S. Deneault Maybe someday didn't make me happy, the whole story is about cheating...


message 6: by Elaine (new)

Elaine The Rosie Project rocks!!


message 7: by chris (new)

chris Anna the French Kiss <3


message 8: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Elaine wrote: "The Rosie Project rocks!!"

Totally!!

14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer looks cute!


message 9: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I should be a very happy person since I've read so many of these!


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richter I would add a new one, The Goblin Emperor. Certainly my favorite this year.


message 11: by Robin (new)

Robin Skolnik Where is Pride and Prejudice? That should definitely be on this list!


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Without question ornmore than a 10th of a second to think about it......

Eight Hundred Grapes A Novel by Laura Dave by Laura Dave a book that'll be seen on many/all comments in posts like this.......

And.....

Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister by Ellen Meister

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester by Alison Jean Lester

A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries, #1) by Tonya Kappes by Tonya Kappes

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han by Jenny Han

And older one I 'always' go back to.....

Way of the Peaceful Warrior A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman by Dan Millman

Soooooo many more, but that's what comes to mind immediately. Even some horror/thriller would be pick me ups, lol.


message 13: by Brandi (new)

Brandi What about Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine by Gail Carson Levine?


message 14: by Mary Eve (last edited Apr 17, 2015 04:41PM) (new)

Mary Eve Melissa wrote: "Without question ornmore than a 10th of a second to think about it......

Eight Hundred Grapes A Novel by Laura Dave by Laura Dave a book that'll be seen on many/all comments ..."


Great picks, Melissa! ! Im going to add each that you recommended that I dont already have on my TBR's because you always recommend great books. You have awesome book knowledge. :)


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Mary wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Without question ornmore than a 10th of a second to think about it......

Eight Hundred Grapes A Novel by Laura Dave by Laura Dave a book that'll be seen on m..."



Mary, I've got a puppy dog, thankful, happy awww! Look on my face. You are so awesome! Thank you and I don't know how, but you make me so happy in feeling like I'm useful to somebody. *you know well enough by now to know my eyes are officially about to spill over*. I'm so blessed to have connected with you. Always a heart of gold and sunshine in every day comes from you.

The books above have all touched me in a way words cannot express. Whether making us feel transported back to teen years "To All The Boys I've Loved Before", reflecting on our lives up until our current age and the what if's "Lillian on Life", to the one that has literally saved me many many times in "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior", Laughs (anr a few tears) which everyone needs in "Dorothy Parker Drank Here", Good ole fun in the cozy mystery "A Ghostly Undertaking", and 'the' one that took me to the place I've ALWAYS dreamed of living in "Eight Hundred Grapes" while also filling me so Beautifully with the Love of family. Eight Hundred Grapes is a work of art.

Thank you, Mary and I truly hope you love them as much as I did. You are an incredible friend <3 Just extraordinary


message 16: by Morgan (new)

Morgan McFinn Anything by P.G. Wodehouse


message 17: by Freda (new)

Freda Malone Mystery On The Isle of Skye by Phyllis A. Whitney!


message 18: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Nothing in this list to brighten my day.


message 19: by Mkittysamom (new)


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) +HP series.

o'course.

^^,

and

+Good Omens.

:)


message 21: by Nox (new)

Nox :)


message 22: by Dmvpapp (new)

Dmvpapp Ann wrote: "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

Agree! Includes one of my favorite female characters.


message 23: by Kay (new)

Kay J Wow finally a list where I read a couple them :)


message 24: by Kay (new)

Kay J This was a good list by the way


message 25: by Emma (new)

Emma Definitely agree with Every Little Thing by James Herriot but the entire collection should be on there. They never fail to cheer me up. Others would be any of the books by Gervase Phinn (dubbed the James Herriot of Education), and Pollyanna. There are probably more but I can't think of them at the moment.


message 26: by Vonze (new)

Vonze Great list! My pick-me-up book is: I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton. It helps me during panic attacks.


message 27: by Susana (new)

Susana Robin wrote: "Where is Pride and Prejudice? That should definitely be on this list!"

I agree!! Great reading, wits, history and romance!


message 28: by Shima (new)

Shima Harry potter obviously, Percy jackson and lunar chronicles.
I would say David Gemmel books but as much as I love them they tend to leave you crying so not exactly pick-me-ups!


message 29: by Sue (new)

Sue A super list!


message 30: by Anna (new)

Anna Anne of Green Gables is my absolute favorite book/series...it is definitely on my pick-me-up list!

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites too...it should be on that list!


message 31: by GracieB (new)

GracieB Harry Potter <3


message 32: by Mary Eve (new)

Mary Eve Melissa wrote: "Mary wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Without question ornmore than a 10th of a second to think about it......

Eight Hundred Grapes A Novel by Laura Dave by Laura Dave a book that'll..."


Awww. Back at ya!!


message 33: by Kayleigh (new)

Kayleigh I think Howl's Moving Castle deserves a place on this list, as well.


message 34: by Janet (new)

Janet I love this list, I have read some of the books and I'm adding the others to my "to read" list


message 35: by Janet (new)

Janet ooo miss pettigrew lives for a day is another great happy book


message 36: by Bob (new)

Bob It's almost a cliché to say so, but I've got John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces as my pick-me-up read. Good on the list maker for including Three Men in a Boat.


message 37: by Jackie (new)

Jackie "Attachments", by Rainbow Rowell is my ALL TIME favorite romance, and definitely a pick-me-up. Makes me smile just thinking about it.


message 38: by Ayala (new)

Ayala Sela really? the little prince it a "pick me up" book? not, like, a book that you cry so much at the end of?


message 39: by Mike (new)

Mike The book version of Princess Bride is actually a bit of a downer, I thought. The narrator's marriage is falling apart, and the ending is a lot more downbeat than the movie.


message 40: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Some really good stuff on this list, and keeping in mind sometimes a good cry can be a pick me up. I would add Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), anything from Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series (funny for men or women), The first four Stephanie Plum stories from Janet Evanovich, and (if you've got the time) my favorite Romance-"Gone With the Wind." And I agree with Robin-where's Pride and Prejudice?


message 41: by Pam (new)

Pam My pick-me-up series is by Dorothy Gilman. I love the Mrs. Polifax books. The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman


message 42: by Craig (new)

Craig Jarvis One that I keep going back to is The one hundred year old man who..... Always puts a smile on my face no matter what kind of mood I am in..!


message 43: by Susana (new)

Susana Dawn wrote: "Some really good stuff on this list, and keeping in mind sometimes a good cry can be a pick me up. I would add Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), anything from Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series ..."

Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), - definitely!


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