Books That Will Make You Smile

Happy First Day of Spring, Savvy Readers!

We’re all smiles today because not only is it the end of winter, but it also just so happens to be International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of books that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face 😁😁😁.

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

There are many ways to find “happiness” and Gretchen Rubin has tried them all. After realizing that she wasn’t appreciating the things that really matter in life, Rubin decided to embark on a happiness journey to see what little things she could do to amplify her daily happiness. This book follows that journey and with any luck, can help you discover ways to be happier in your daily life.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

If you loved Simon, you’ll love this pick! British lord Henry Montague is supposed to be a perfect gentleman, but he much prefers to spend his time indulging in his many vices. To have one final hurrah before growing up, Henry decides to embark on a year-long tour of Europe with his best friend (and secret crush). This story is full of friendship and love, and is sure to have you smiling by the end.

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Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Get ready for your heart to melt. This illustrated story follows a lonely alien as he travels to Earth, where he unexpectedly finds comfort with creatures that, just like him, also feel lonely. With themes of love, self-acceptance and friendship, this story will gives you all the feels (in the best way possible, of course!).


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. Simon is the feel good story you need in your life. Following high school senior Simon, the book is the coming of age story of a young, closeted gay student just trying to make it through the trials and tribulations of high school. It’ll have you laughing, crying, cringing, and most importantly, grinning from ear to ear.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This classic definitely had to be included on our list, and if you haven’t already picked this one up for 9th grade English, now’s your chance! While this book explores many heavy topics such as race, class and prejudice, the general theme (that there’s nothing wrong with being different) is one that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

News of the World

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

This National Book Award finalist follows an elderly widower, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them. He travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered money to deliver a young orphan, Johanna, to her relatives. The two set out on a 400-mile journey. The relationship Johanna and Captain Kidd develop will for sure put a smile on your face, and might even make you happy cry!

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist, which has become a modern classic, tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity, and learning to read the omens strewn across life’s past. Most importantly, it teaches us to follow our dreams.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt

A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria VanderbiltThe Rainbow Comes and Goes is a thoughtful reflection on life and love, reminding us of the precious knowledge and insight that remains to be shared, no matter what age we are.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships in The One and Only Ivan. If you’re an animal lover or just adore sweet stories (like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little), you’ll love this one, inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla.

Yes Please

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

In a perfect world, we’d all be BFFs with Amy Poehler, am I right? She’s a little busy, so the next best option we have is indulging in her hilarious and candid book. Not only is this book chock-full of words and wisdom to live by, but it will also (for real) make you L-O-L.

What books keep you smiling, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

HAPPY reading!


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