I’ve never been one for romantic reads, but even the grumpiest of us need a lift and sometimes a sweet comtemporary is the best way for me to boost my mood. For the most part, I tend to stick to the same authors when I’m in a funk or in need of emotional bookish support. So here’s a selection of my favourites guaranteed to make you smile.
The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning This is my first and *whispers* only Manning. I’ve been meaning to change that ever since though, because I keep seeing wonderful recommendations for her other adult books and I really loved The Worst Girlfriend in the World. It’s such a cute contemporary with a real British feel, which regular readers will know had me absolutely sold || Full review
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane If I’m in a reading slump, or feeling down, McFarlane is my go-to girl. I love her books for their light and lovely quality, but am always sucked in by the characters and the very real issues they explore around relationships. It’s Not Me, It’s You was my first of her books, and since then her writing has helped me through break-ups and stressful situations. Another book which feels thoroughly British, scoring extra points for me || Full review
Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison Basically Britain in a book. I found this so funny and cute, it was such a fun young adult read and the dual narratives worked wonderfully. This is definitely a feel-good read and probably one to save for summer. It would be perfect beach material || Full review
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood Of course I couldn’t miss this Aussie book on my list. It’s the sweetest and I just adored Dan, who was pretty infuriating, yet totally loveable. The best bit about this book is it deals with some genuinely tough parental relationships, which I always support featuring in young adult literature. An absolute stunner || Full review
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt Unlike my other recommendations, this was a new read for me but it was one of the sweetest books I’ve read all year. Set among fan conventions with a swoon-worthy romance, this is the perfect holiday read or a book you should save for a weekend when you can just get caught up in the story. It’s kind of like the book equivalent of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s at the end of a hard week || Full review