Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

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As soon as I saw the topic for this week’s list, I couldn’t help but smile *pun intended.* Usually, the books that make me smile are ones that don’t put my heart through the wringer and choose to give me a happy ending that’s full of banter and lovable characters. These were the first book that came to mind and made me smile.

1. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: All you have to do is just mention Michael and you’re guaranteed to put a smile on this readers face. It’s a tender and heartwarming romance between two of the most endearing characters you’ll ever encounter. I dare you not to smile while reading the book. 

Related Post: The Kiss Quotient Review

2. The Deal by Elle Kennedy: This is the book to read if you want laugh out loud moments courtesy of one of the most entertaining friendship groups I’ve ever encountered. The Deal is a straight-up romance, but the banter between Garrett, his friends, and Hannah was just pure gold.

Related Post: The Deal Review

3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: This book gets a mention for two reasons. To start, it was one of my first forays into contemporary YA fiction, so the nostalgia is real. Second, the slow-burn romance just feels so innocent.

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: Truthfully, any Morgan Matson book would fit the brief. Her books are a summer staple and have plenty of character. The Unexpected Everything gets the spotlight purely because of the summer plans gone amiss, the shenanigans of dog-walking, and our delightfully awkward author Clark. It’s just an all-round fun reading experience.

Related Post: The Unexpected Everything Review

5. The Scorpio Races by Maggies Stiefvater: This one gets a mention because of its atmosphere and quirky personality. This is such an immersive reading experience and the inhabitants on the island of Thisby are such an eccentric bunch. The Scorpio Races themselves are magical and captivating. It’s such a wonderful book that I smile thinking about it.

6. Boomerang by Noelle August: This book does not get the attention it deserves. Boomerang is low on drama and takes place within a dating website company with our leads vying against each other for the last open position at the company. Coupled with their rivalry are the sizzling tension, brilliant banter, and a whole lot of fun.

7. Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen: Who doesn’t want to read about a grumpy farmer and bubble aspiring chef falling in love? The personality clashes between these two make for great banter, but also highlight just how well they balance each other out. Factor in the Vermont setting, a cider-making business, and a lovable cast of characters, and you can’t help but smile.

Related Post: Bittersweet Review

Have you read any of these books?
Which books make you smile?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

    1. I would love to get another Huntley Fitzpatrick book. She seems to have fallen off the radar at the moment, which is a shame cause her books are so sweet. Helen Hoang has easily become an overnight favourite.


  1. The Deal was the book that got me into romance – I still go back and read it as a way to get out of a reading slump. The Kiss Quotient is one of my favorites of all time. Fantastic list – Just followed your blog – seems like we have similar taste in books!

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    1. Same. I loved how light-hearted and fun the Deal was, even when dealing with tough subject matters. The Kiss Quotient is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. It’s so lovely. Thank you for the follow. 😀

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  2. My Life Next Door was so compelling and I just love the wholesomeness of the family next door! Great choice for sure!!! As for Morgan Matson, like ALL of them make me smile haha some also make me cry (thank you, Second Chance Summer), but your choice is also good!

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      1. Did you ever read The Boy Next Door by Fitzpatrick? It just didn’t feel the same as My Life Next Door
        Second Chance Summer is just sad. And I feel like you notice how it’s one of Morgan’s earlier work. Take that as good or bad, however you will.


  3. What a wonderful list, Lois! I feel all nostalgic thinking about My life Next Door as well, I love this book so, so much. And any Morgan Matson read always makes me happy 🥰🥰

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