The Mood Boosting Top Twenty

 It’s finally here, the Mood Boosting top twenty book list for your perusal which, due to several books having the same amount of votes, turns out to be the top twenty two… Anyway, here we go.

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

cold comfort“Cold Comfort Farm is my ultimate happy-making book, and set in the Sussex downs, no less!”

“It’s just a great read and a bit wacky in parts.”

“Flora Poste is my favourite character, she is a fashion icon and a model of social organisation. The commentary on the Bloomsbury Group is fascinating too.”

Terry Pratchett (recommended titles, Witches Abroad, Raising Steam, Wyrd Sisters, Fifth Elephant)

discworld1“He creates a world in which things that should happen do happen. They have a sort of narrative moral order which is very comforting and they are funny.”

“Completely absorbing. Prachett takes you into a fantasy world which is most believable, but reflects humanity.”



The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency & 44 Scotland Street Series – Alexander McCall Smith

Ladies detective“Set in Africa where it’s sunnier and warmer than here!”

“I like this book because of its warmth, wisdom and the positive way it is written.” “Always uplifting and enjoyable. Perfect escapist fiction.”

“Petty aspirations and jealousies (of a group of middle class Edinburgh folk) are revealed with humour and each book ends with an affirmation that friendship is the most precious thing to be valued in all our lives.”

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

hitch“Escapism, a good laugh.”

“It is hilarious… and if you’re ever lost in the milky way, just remember your towel and your babel fish.”

“Just helps me not take life too seriously.”

“They might be a bit dated now, but I remember laughing out loud on the bus whilst reading them.”


Pride and Prejudice and Emma – Jane Austen

“Humour, witty, beautifully written, just a delight to read every word!!”

“I have loved it since I was a child and it is now my daughter’s favourite.”

“I have read it several times since doing it at school. It gets funnier every time and it has a happy ending!”

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

“A very human approach to life and death.”

“This book reminds me to engage with activities I enjoy just ‘cause they make me feel happy and to not worry so much about what others think. Just to enjoy life!”

The Alchemist – Paul Coehlo

alchemist“…calming and uplifting to read.”

“I read one of his books on holiday and it was good. It was the first book I really got a feeling from”

“It’s such a simple spiritual heart-warming story. It simply transforms you and your perception on life. Everyone has a journey in life, Santiago has his, almost a pilgrimage.”

Peter James (recommended title Dead Man’s Time)

peter james“Any Peter James books that are based in Brighton. Escapism and recognising local places in books. I am dyslexic so find reading a bit hard, but these books have short, easy chapters.”



Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee

“Love the period in which it was written.”

“It’s life-affirming, joyous and uplifting.”

The 100 Year Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

100 year old“It is light, witty but also thought provoking. A good take on the aging process.”

 Just William Richmal Crompton

just will“It makes you laugh and takes you back to childhood.”

 Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach

seagull“It helps me be me.”




alice 2Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll




Pam Ayres poetry and The Necessary Aptitude 

pam ayres“Very funny poems. Brings a smile to your face. Very funny poems. Brings a smile to your face.”

“It makes me laugh, I love her wry humour.”



Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

wimp 2“It is very funny and laughing out loud in public whilst reading is good for the system!”

“It makes me energetic and feel happy!”



The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce 

“It was so moving it made me want to set off on a very long walk. Its about achieving things against all odds, funny, very sad and you feel thankful to have read it when its finished.”

“It describes the fragility and strength of the human condition.”

“I devoured it, I laughed, cried and was uplifted! An easy read about a man who sets out to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles, we follow Harold on his physical. emotional and spiritual journey. Give it a try!”

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern 

night circus“This novel is such an escape from reality, filled with magic, intrigue, romance and suspense. It may not make you laugh out loud but it will help you escape the doldrums – enjoy!”



Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

“It’s a tale of friendship, mystery and discovery, well written and  amusing as well as touching.”

           Tales of the City[1] “These books celebrate the differences and diversity of people.   

 Everyone is valued because of their quirks and eccentricities. These books tell a great story as well in sunny San Francisco.”

“Beautiful, fun, happy and touching.”


The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler

“This romantic comedy is well written, funny and poignant. It deals with the ordinary and the extraordinary all in one great read. There is also a great film of the book”

The Humans – Matt Haig

matt haig“It is funny and life-affirming and sci-fi – all winners!”

“Upliftingly observant and bizarrely funny. Reserve it if it’s not on our shelves right now, but you’ll not put it down once you pick it up!”




On the Road – Jack Kerouac

“A crazy uplifting blow-out, an exuberant dream of unhinged, unfettered livingness.”

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simison

rosie project“Recently read it and it made me smile. A feel-good read”


So there you have it, we have finished… The Mood Boosting list of lists, thank you all for taking part or following our blogs on the subject, I hope there are some books in there that you have not read yet and now want to.

I need to lay down for a while as I am feeling a bit ‘listless’… And that’s the last of my bad jokes.

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