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The topic this week is: books that make you smile.
I really needed this right now. I am so anxious about the upcoming school year and so frustrated with those who continue to deny the reality of what is going on in this country, that I struggle to find joy. Thinking about this topic was a great way to snap out of it for awhile! It even made me realize that I could easily put together a list of picture books that crack me up as an adult reader, so that will be a fun project to keep in my back pocket for the next figuratively rainy day.
A classic that has charm and humor and is not terribly outdated and problematic! Plus, Anne best describes my standard pandemic response to "How are you?"
#BlackJoy at its finest. Doesn't this cover just make you smile?
Oh my gosh, this graphic novel about a gay southern pie baker who joins the ice hockey team at his New England college is so adorable! Now I just need to wrestle book two away from my teen so I can read it too.
Laini Taylor is great at breaking hearts and writing doomed lovers. Turns out, she can also write frothy delightful young love that ends in mutual happiness. I listened to this one on audio, and the accents were so charming! The author's husband illustrated the book (really well!), and check out this adorable dedication:
Okay, so the beginning is rough--Ben's family kicks them out when they come out as non-binary, and it's all pretty awful, but by the end, you'll be smiling, I promise!
It's the otters. Sure, Roz is charming as well, but...the otters!
I love everything Jason Reynolds does, and this middle grade collection of loosely linked stories is terrific. There's a falling school bus in each story, and his characters all have both realistic flaws and hopeful story arcs.
I guess? This is a modern classic? Even though I didn't read it until I was an adult? Which makes me feel really old? Gary Soto's short stories tend to be slice-of-life and unvarnished. This poetry collection, however, is celebratory, which I guess is what makes them odes. Summer is a great time to pick this book up if you haven't before; three of my favorite odes are to the ice cream truck, running through the sprinkler, and fireworks.
I loved this one. Meredith Russo follows her two characters, born on the same day in the same hospital, through several years of birthdays together.
When I finished this book, I gave it a big hug. Not all books get that reaction!
I hope these books bring you smiles as well! If you need some more help, here are a few Twitter jokes I've collected recently. This first one describes me a little too well...
Then we have a book joke!
Finally, a practical suggestion!