If all the doomscrolling and constant updates about COVID-19 numbers rising are doing a doozy on your mental health, allow me to introduce to you a bit of peace.
Yes, books. I can say with my whole heart that reading has truly gotten me through some of the toughest times this year. There’s just something about cozying up on the couch with a mug of tea and being transported to a place where problems get resolved, happiness is in abundance, and hope and faith in humanity is restored. But don’t just take it from me, there’s actual proof that reading reduces stress, improves your focus and concentration, and gives you a sense of relaxation. I’ve always loved reading, but this year reading has honestly changed my life for the better.
Want to know some of my favorite feel-good books? Make sure you scroll down to keep reading.
If there is ONE book on this list that I think you have to read, it’s The Flatshare. It is quite literally the perfect feel-good romantic comedy book. Tiffy and Leon share an apartment in London, but there’s a catch—Leon lives in the flat during the day while Tiffy is at work, and then Tiffy lives in the flat at night while he works. It’s an unconventional set-up, but it works for them. Through the course of the book, they start exchanging notes and letters to each other, and of course, a romance blooms. The ending left me in a pile of happy tears and even just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. 50,000/10!
If you love twisty, turny, mind-bending thrillers, then Recursion is for you. Yes, it’s about an epidemic, but one that fills your mind with memories that have never existed. It’s up to a New York City detective and a neuroscientist to figure out what’s going on before the fabric of time just … collapses on itself. I literally read this book in less than a day because I could not put it down. And the ending? I was SHOOOOOOK.
Red, White & Royal Blue
Everything about Red, White & Royal Blue is like a giant hug for the soul. The tagline is, “What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?” and honestly, that’s all I want to tell you about this absolutely delightful rom-com, so you can experience the magic of this book for yourself. The characters feel real and it’s not hard to imagine this situation happening sometime in the future or an alternate universe.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Old Hollywood glamour and a beautiful story of forbidden love = The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. If you’re anything like me and you miss gossip and celebrity drama, then you’ll love this book. It’s another book that also made my ugly sob at the end (in a good way). It’s totally not what I expected based on the title. This is another feel-good book I tore through in about two days and was really sad to leave its world when I was finished. You know how some books leave a piece of them in your heart? Well, that’s what this one did.
Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Sometimes, we need a bit of whimsy in our lives, and that’s where Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop comes in. Vanessa Yu has the ability to tell fortunes from the tea leaves left in the bottom of cups but hates how complicated it’s made her life. Her aunt whisks her away to Paris, where she learns that maybe her gifts are a blessing after all. I read this book in the beginning of the pandemic when my stress was at an all-time high, and it definitely calmed me down and transported me to a place where magic exists. Absolutely loved this one!
What are your favorite feel-good books? Let me know in the comments!