Ever had a bad day and asked yourself what’d make you feel better? We might have a cure for you! Six people tell us what books make them smile, and why. The titles are making us look forward to updating our to-read list. Here are the best ones:

If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India by Srinath Perur


From conducted pilgrimage tours across India with old couples to sex tours to Uzbekistan, Srinath calls out the absurdity in the human condition of a particular cultural milieu – the travelling Indian – but without othering his subjects, both poking fun at them and empathizing with them in equal measure.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

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Told through the eyes of a child – funny and amusing observations, the book takes you on a nostalgia road trip. If you’re looking for an easy weekend read, let this be it.

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

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It reminds me of my childhood, and that makes me smile. Of course, there’s also the fact that it’s a very well-written book that consumes you whole. If you’ve not read it yet, read it now!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Little Prince is one of those children’s books that make for an appetizing read for adults as well. I, for one, love it because it reminds me of a simpler times, but it’s much, much more than that.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley


Because adulting is hard and can sometimes be overwhelming. Reading Sloane’s personal essays provides some comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in this.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a story of illegal immigration but it’s also a quirky take on human fallacy. The book is full of not so politically correct instances, and yet, the book manages to make you giggle as it tries to explain why people behave the way they behave. I really thoroughly enjoyed Valentina juxtaposed against Nikolai’s daughters as nearly all their encounters lead to comical situations. It’s one of the best social satires I’ve read in a long while!

Tell us yours in the comments!


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