,

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.
1

by
4.23 avg rating — 1,676,061 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.18 avg rating — 339,861 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.18 avg rating — 697,819 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.28 avg rating — 3,729,898 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.25 avg rating — 650,557 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
3.95 avg rating — 498,632 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
3.83 avg rating — 1,220,116 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.06 avg rating — 231,759 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
4.26 avg rating — 852,269 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
3.79 avg rating — 935,089 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
3.86 avg rating — 66,172 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
3.88 avg rating — 129,542 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
4.14 avg rating — 187,260 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.28 avg rating — 283,843 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
4.31 avg rating — 25,927 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.29 avg rating — 877,403 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.33 avg rating — 136,274 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.02 avg rating — 516,387 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.89 avg rating — 47,228 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.88 avg rating — 256,783 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
3.99 avg rating — 787,812 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
4.20 avg rating — 24,443 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
4.28 avg rating — 3,473,458 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.39 avg rating — 114,886 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.18 avg rating — 16,974 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
3.92 avg rating — 862,970 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 669,337 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
4.01 avg rating — 40,229 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
4.29 avg rating — 27,531 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.54 avg rating — 1,062 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.73 avg rating — 193,964 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.29 avg rating — 11,730 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 69,747 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.32 avg rating — 75,492 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
3.60 avg rating — 107,556 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.80 avg rating — 33,885 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.38 avg rating — 92,848 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
4.22 avg rating — 166,328 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.20 avg rating — 71 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.81 avg rating — 3,186,797 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.97 avg rating — 170,775 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
3.98 avg rating — 15,717 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
4.15 avg rating — 58,325 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.86 avg rating — 51,594 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.09 avg rating — 411,445 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.75 avg rating — 32,440 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
3.93 avg rating — 18,366 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
3.99 avg rating — 420,589 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
3.77 avg rating — 163,173 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
3.88 avg rating — 539,453 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
4.15 avg rating — 620,113 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
3.89 avg rating — 96,747 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
3.70 avg rating — 427 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
3.82 avg rating — 78,244 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
3.98 avg rating — 42,186 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.33 avg rating — 823,127 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.22 avg rating — 489,063 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 231,502 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.66 avg rating — 35,834 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
3.77 avg rating — 100,301 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.42 avg rating — 32,016 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
4.73 avg rating — 41 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
4.02 avg rating — 436,646 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.84 avg rating — 356,521 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
4.21 avg rating — 68,409 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.07 avg rating — 461,352 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.90 avg rating — 169,372 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.42 avg rating — 25,566 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.17 avg rating — 50,021 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.54 avg rating — 1,052 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
4.16 avg rating — 24,616 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.02 avg rating — 101,106 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
3.89 avg rating — 15,504 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
4.39 avg rating — 6,011 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.77 avg rating — 21,182 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
3.83 avg rating — 10,266 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.76 avg rating — 38 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.20 avg rating — 15,260 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.14 avg rating — 24,056 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
3.96 avg rating — 14,749 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.08 avg rating — 1,220,296 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
3.80 avg rating — 247,077 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.91 avg rating — 22,948 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.19 avg rating — 1,661,394 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
4.15 avg rating — 34,761 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
3.79 avg rating — 14,878 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
4.10 avg rating — 6,081 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
3.85 avg rating — 39,957 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.93 avg rating — 23,822 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.89 avg rating — 1,368,269 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.40 avg rating — 18,129 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
3.50 avg rating — 119 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
3.89 avg rating — 8,838 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.32 avg rating — 186,378 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.07 avg rating — 726,297 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
4.42 avg rating — 47,319 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
3.94 avg rating — 41,558 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.06 avg rating — 380,692 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.37 avg rating — 795,971 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
3.90 avg rating — 17,804 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
525 books · 505 voters · list created September 14th, 2011 by D (votes) .
169 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


D 1067 books
13 friends
Holly 668 books
34 friends
Ayny 1846 books
46 friends
B. 828 books
9 friends
Dianna 8151 books
61 friends
Justin 20 books
200 friends
Bookishnymph *needs hea* 6053 books
71 friends
Thomas 161 books
1139 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-10 of 10 (10 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

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 Sam (new)

Sam 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 Meli (last edited Jan 03, 2015 02:22PM) (new)

Meli 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.


back to top



Related News

October has arrived, and this month’s batch of incoming titles features some big names, some much-anticipated sequels, and several exotic...

Anyone can add books to this list.