Best Lighthearted Literature

These works of literature are effervescent as well as wonderfully crafted. They exude a general feeling of joy and good cheer, even though the heroes and heroines may be confronted with obstacles. These works might make you laugh, smile, or just feel good. A happy ending isn’t sufficient to get a book on this list if it is otherwise mostly dark or brooding; nor is a humorous and giddily happy story sufficient if the writing itself is lacking in literary merit. The authors’ excellent literary craftsmanship is as important as the joyfulness of their stories. All genres and all subject matters are welcome, so long as the works are beautifully crafted literary confections, which leave a delightful aftertaste after they have been consumed.
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message 1: by Libbye (new)

Libbye I find it ironic that Catch 22 is third on a list of lighthearted books.


message 2: by MomToKippy (last edited Mar 22, 2014 06:57PM) (new)

MomToKippy Cold Comfort Farm is listed twice. Who created this list? I love the description at the top!


message 3: by D (new)

D MomtoKippy wrote: "Cold Comfort Farm is listed twice. Who created this list? I love the description at the top!"

Thanks. I'm glad you like the description!


message 4: by Jacob (last edited Aug 13, 2014 07:32AM) (new)

Jacob Seager WTF, how are The Catcher in the Rye and Catch-22 lighthearted? Did someone miss the points of these books?


message 5: by Samantha (new)

Samantha It's summer and I'm in the mood to laugh and be happy, so this list is invaluable to me... a LOT of Jeeves... should be a funny Summer!


message 6: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Guys the title of this is light-hearted LITERATURE. We've got some work to do. (Much Ado About Nothing should definitely be closer to the top!)

Still, great list!! Great idea for a list! Excited to start reading :)


message 7: by Mel (last edited Jan 03, 2015 02:22PM) (new)

Mel Libbye wrote: "I find it ironic that Catch 22 is third on a list of lighthearted books."

Agreed...
Although the writing is humorous, the story itself isn't so much.


message 8: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Hmmmm. I have a favorite well-written light hearted book that I would like to add but it's non-fiction. Does literature just include novels?


message 9: by D (new)

D Elyse wrote: "Hmmmm. I have a favorite well-written light hearted book that I would like to add but it's non-fiction. Does literature just include novels?"

"All genres and all subject matters are welcome, so long as the works are beautifully crafted literary confections, which leave a delightful aftertaste after they have been consumed."


message 10: by Elyse (new)

Elyse D wrote: "Elyse wrote: "Hmmmm. I have a favorite well-written light hearted book that I would like to add but it's non-fiction. Does literature just include novels?"

"All genres and all subject matters are ..."

OK - I'm adding A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - he sure can turn a phrase. I try to keep to the spirit of the list description to a T when making additions.


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