Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
I have a few books that I read when I need an up.
Diana Wynne Jones’ The Magicians of Caprona, The Lives of Christopher Chant, and The Dark Lord of Derkholm all make me so super happy to read - the first two because they are just hilarious, the latter because it is an honestly fantastic and interesting book, with all the sadness and happiness that is signature of a good book. (not that the others don’t have that, this just has.. more?)
Mercury Beach by Tessa Duder has the honour of being a book that I loved the happy ending of so much that I memorised it. I also loved that it was set in New Zealand, kind of not far from where my parents grew up.
There are so many books that make me happy; I could just start rattling off names of pretty much every book I’ve read and rated above an 8/10 (which is a lot – my inner critique is a softy and ignores many flaws others might find!)
But I read because I want to read a good story. To feel the characters emotions as they go through a journey of self discovery, of discovery, of love, of loss, of triumph. And after the characters have been run the gamut of emotions, they generally have succeeded in their quest (to beat evil, to win the girl, to win the guy, to stand up for them selves, to be better…) or realised they were questing for something else entirely; and that self recognition and reflection from characters at the end of the story, to see how far they have come – and even if it doesn’t end happily there is always a thread of hope. Hope for the future or whatever, and that can sometimes be enough to make me really ridiculously happy. It really doesn’t take much.