In April I posted Fun and Light-Hearted Reads for Anxious Times, and I thought it would be nice to do a part 2 with books I’ve read in the meantime and some I had forgotten about before. These are feelgood stories I enjoyed and helped bring a smile to my face when I felt anxious or needed to take my mind off something. I think a lot of us could use that!
Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon / Review
This is a sweet romance about Jordan and Rex, who meet in Jordan’s favorite bookstore and immediately dislike each other (while being also really attracted). Rex decides to join Jordan’s book club, where he and some old ladies read romances. It’s cute and with a super satisfying ending!
Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
This is a cozy sci-fi, which is a subgenre I adore. In a small café in Tokyo, time travel is real. If you seat on a particular seat (that is, when the ghost isn’t sitting there), you may go to any time in the past, but you must return before the coffee gets cold. It’s a sweet story about love, second chances and forgiveness. It’s less “fun” than the other stories, but it’s heart-warming!
Beach Read by Emily Henry / Review
This is the story of two rival writers who detest each other but strike a surprising friendship and decide to swap genres. It’s a sweet romance, with surprising depth when dealing with grief, broken marriages, family secrets, forgiveness and even lack of inspiration in creative work.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
This is such a lovely romance between a widow who finds out she’s attracted to women and a young astronomer who’s just had her heart broken. I love, love, love astronomy and science in general, so it was very exciting to see some of that in this story. There is a bit of an age-gap but it was very interesting that the younger woman was actually the experienced one. Also it’s a historical fiction where their relationship isn’t such a great deal and there’s comparably little homophobia. Which was so great for a light read!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I somehow missed this book on my previous list?? This made me so happy reading it, it’s a very popular adorable romance between the First Son of the USA and a British Prince in an alternate universe where the US president elected in 2016 was a Southern woman. This book is so good I got it in eBook and Audiobook both!
When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
This was so adorable! Set in Scotland, a young woman pretends she has a fiancé and writes to him regularly so her family will not make her marry. Years later, a dashing Captain shows up at her door and says he received all her letters and wants to marry her. It’s just so good!!
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I think Jenny Lawson is quite divisive, and now it’s been a few years since I read this, but I was going through a very difficult time in my life and this helped me laugh at it. She’s candid about anxiety, depression and life in general, and absolutely hilarious.
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
This is the second book of the Reluctant Royals series, and I recommend reading A Princess in Paper first, although it stands on its own pretty well – this is my favorite from the trilogy and it has the sunny/grumpy trope which I LOVE, one main character finding out he’s actually a Duke and pretty good representation on anxiety.