Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
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This week’s topic is Books That Make Me Smile. I don’t know about you but pretty much all books make me smile, especially when they’re heading in the direction of my bookshelves. However, here are ten reasons a book is likely to provoke a happy reaction. Links from the book title will take you to my review.
- A book with a lovely cover, especially if it features flora and fauna, like The Familiars by Stacey Halls
- A book with an intriguing title such as On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- If a book I loved is nominated for a literary prize, for example Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020)
- A book with a happy ending – spoiler alert – such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Reaching the end of the first book in a new series and knowing there are more to come, such as The Englishman (Raglan #1) by David Gilman
- The arrival of a follow-up to a book or series I’ve enjoyed, such as The Mathematical Bridge (Nighthawk #2) by Jim Kelly
- A book set in a place I’ve been to such as The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill (set on Crete)
- A book that evokes happy memories, like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- A book that was an unexpected gift like Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis (a present from my husband)
- A book bought by a reader based on one of my reviews. Too many to mention I hope!
What books have brought a smile to your face?