10 Books That I Reread Whenever I Want to Smile

Hi Blisses,

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There’s a word, smile, in the title, and yet it seems depressing considering that I have to reread a book just to make myself smile. LOL. I’m here to share another top ten list. It’s been a year since I last posted a Top Ten Tuesday, and to be honest, I wasn’t planning to post for this meme today, but I love the prompt. The prompt is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face and obviously, I put a little twist on it. I took 10 books from my Reread list that are perfect for when someone wants to smile.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl) but created and previously hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Just a heads up! There will be spoilers in this post. I don’t reveal everything about the plot, but there are parts that I did, so be warned. I also included some quotes for each book.

1.) Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is about Auggie, who has facial deformities and has been home-schooled since he was a kid because of his surgeries. But in his fifth grade, his family sent him to school, and it wasn’t easy for him. The truth is, Wonder made me cry more than smile while reading, but after finishing it, I was smiling. Even now, whenever I think about it or catch a glimpse of it on my shelf, I smile. Because Wonder, above all, is a story of hope, courage, love, acceptance, and beauty. It is very uplifting and inspiring. 

Number of reread: 2

“Shall we make a new rule of life… always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

2.) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Okay, Ove is the opposite of Smile. Ove is a grumpy old man who wants to be left alone, but thanks to the family who recently moved in next door, we saw a different side of Ove. Beneath that annoyed façade is a lonely, kind-hearted man who went through a lot. First of all, I want to point out that even if this book is included in this list, some parts of it are sad, even depressing if you ask me. But the author did a great job at making the storyline light, most of the time. The personality of Ove made me love him rather than be indifferent towards him, that by the end of the book, I’m smiling. I’m smiling despite everything. And I love Ove’s interactions with the family next door.

Number of reread: 2

“You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away,”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

3.) Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Well Met features Emily and Simon, two characters that really need to move on with their lives. They might be in two different situations in life but they both need to move forward. And amidst all that’s happening in their lives is a Renaissance Faire. Simon and Emily aren’t friends. Emily is new to town and Simon just never seemed to like her until the Faire. They’re both participating and that’s when Simon shows another side of him. Before the faire, Simon and Emily’s banters are so entertaining but in the faire, my God, the fun is different. Simon becomes a flirt and Emily is wooed. I can’t even decide if it’s more hot or more funny, or equally funny and hot. I was smiling from the beginning till the end. The first line of the book is below.

Number of reread: 2

“I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.”
Jen DeLuca, Well Met

4.) The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club is, first of all, a very refreshing read. It’s nice to read about men who sit and talk about books and relationship. And it’s definitely amazing to see men help each other in the subject of love. That’s where most of the fun happen in this book and what made me smile. They base their advices on a historical romance titled, “Courting the Countess”. But I love the romance too. Gavin and Thea are both amazing characters and I love reading about their relationship and reconciliation. I’m not going to lie, I reread this book everytime I read another installment in the series.

Number of reread: 3

“You guys read romance novels?”
“We call them manuals.”
Lyssa Kay Adams, The Bromance Book Club

5.) Beard Science by Penny Reid

Beard Science is third in a series and it is important to mention that because when I first met the male lead, Cletus, in the first book in the series, I didn’t like him. He called someone a bitch, like just outright said it. The woman is not the protagonist but still, that put a bad taste in my mouth. But then I read Beard Science, and suddenly I understand Cletus. In fact, Cletus is the reason why this book is in the list because despite his personality, he is so much fun to read. Cletus sees the world and everything in it in black and white – go figure. So it’s understandable why he acts like he does. I love his antics and his cruel ways to get what he wants. He’s really funny. LOL. Especially when he met his equal, Jenn. He is so not in control anymore.

Number of reread: 4

“Best to leave farts and the past behind you.”
Penny Reid, Beard Science

6.) Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

This book is probably the most important book in the series because Penelope is a very important character in the whole series. And this book is on this list because of her. I’m a bit sad to say, it’s not Colin’s humor that made this book a part of this list. Don’t get me wrong, he’s funny but he’s more funny in his siblings’ books. Penelope, on the other hand, is the definition of girl power in this book. She’s an inspiration and I love her so much. And the BIG REVEAL in this book makes me smile even now. I really, really hope that the TV show on Netflix makes Penelope’s story the best ever.

Number of reread: 5

“Isn’t it nice to discover that we’re not exactly what we thought we were?”
Julia Quinn, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

7.) A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Actually, all books by Tessa Dare are funny and should be in this list. But I enjoyed this one the most. Imagine a spinster and a rake travelling together for a week. What an unlikely pair, right? Well, Minerva and Colin (another Colin, LOL) did exactly that and not just that, because in one week, they…

• fake an elopement
• convince family and friends they’re in “love”
• outrun armed robbers
• survive their worst nightmares
• travel four hundred miles without killing each other

What a fun!!! 😂😂

Number of reread: 3

8.) Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Love in the Afternoon features the youngest Hathaway, Beatrix, and Christopher, a tortured soul due to war. The number of times I reread this one is unhealthy. I just love the contrast of personalities of the main characters. Christopher didn’t even like Beatrix at first because she’s peculiar. And yet, they fell in love and he didn’t even know it. LOL. But the funniest parts of the story is Beatrix being the best mom to her rescues. Her pets are as peculiar as herself and as tortured as Christopher. This is such a great and fun story I will never ever tire to reread.

Number of reread: 5

“Beatrix, do you know what happens to girls who ask such naughty questions?”
“They’re ravished in haylofts?” she inquired hopefully.”
Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

9.) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I’ve reread The Rosie Project at least three times now. I love Don Tillman and his experiment to find his potential partner, because that’s what people do when they’re in search for the one, right? On the other hand, Rosie is on a search for her biological father. Don ended up helping her. Rosie can’t possibly pass as Don’s ideal partner, his questionnaire would tell him so but we know how these stories end.

Number of reread: 3

“You’re unbelievable,’ said Rosie. ‘Look at me when I’m talking.’
I kept looking out the window. I was already over-stimulated.
‘I know what you look like.”
Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

10.) Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn

Boss Man Bridegroom is a fabulous office romance. It is romantic, fun, a little angsty and really hilarious. The hero, Rath, was in need of a new executive assistant so enter our heroine, Charlee. She loves smiling and always positive, very vibrant and bubbly. She has no filter and has a headstrong attitude. She’s also very quirky. She loves organizing which means she loves lists, planners and all office supplies/stationary. Gosh, I was laughing right from the start. Charlee is so freaking hilarious. One time, Rath fired her but she went to work the next day anyway, even if she knew she was fired. She acted like she didn’t know. 😂😂

Number of reread: 2

“Love is fragile. When it’s broken, it’s very hard to repair.”
― Meghan Quinn, Boss Man Bridegroom

There you have it, Blisses. I encourage all of you to try these books whenever you need a laugh. Life is too short to be sad for more than an hour. LOL.

Have you read these books? Or planning to? Did they also make you laugh? Share your story. Let’s chat.

18 thoughts on “10 Books That I Reread Whenever I Want to Smile

  1. I feel like for a while there I saw SO many people loving on “The Rose Project.” Also, I read one of Lisa’s novels, a Christmas title, and did really enjoy it. One of these days I should try one of her romance novels, too. 🙂


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