Books I’ve read recently that made me feel good

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where a range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

This week’s topic: Some light, fluffy feel good books I’ve read lately. I don’t really read many light, fluffy feel good books. Not because my books are serious, weighty books dealing with “serious” topics. These are the books which made me feel good about reading…happy that I chose that book to read. I’ve read these books within the last six months or so. Lots going on in the world that makes this the perfect time to read light, fluffy feel good books.

Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein

Starman Jones is one of my favorite types of science fiction–a space opera. A space opera book that makes me feel good at the end of the book is a fun adventure with characters I’m rooting for. If it’s part of a series I don’t want it to end on a cliffhanger. I want a satisfying ending with room for future books. If it’s stand-alone I want the “good guys” to win! This fit those parameters. Max Jones in a naive, but honorable young man at the beginning of the book. By the end of the book he’s not as naive, but he’s still honorable and he’s had quite an adventure.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #1)

First in a new science fiction series by Martha Wells (who also writes one of my favorite series–Books of the Raksura). These books are novellas (this one is 144 pages) and two more are scheduled for publication in 2018. The Murderbot is a self-aware security android. Others don’t know she’s self-aware and she hasn’t told them she calls herself “Murderbot.” I love this story and am really looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #17)

Deborah Crombie is one of my favorite authors. She writes a police procedural series set in Great Britain. I love reading about Gemma and Duncan’s relationship, their growing family and their increasingly dangerous police work. I love the series as much for the relationships as for the mysteries in the books. After 17 books everything has changed a lot for them.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

I listened to the audio version of this short book and it was delightful. Tolkien wrote letters to his children at Christmastime as though he were Father Christmas. They are fun and imaginative. This book is a light, feel good book.

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern (The Country Club Mysteries #6)

This historical mystery series (1970’s Kansas City) keeps getting better and better. I love the way Ellison grows in this mystery series. And the way she shows her daughter that she’s a strong woman and that strong women don’t need a man to save them–while also showing that a strong woman can also have male friends. I also love Ellison’s humor and I like Ellison’s relationship with her teenage daughter–not always easy, but honest.

Flash by Donna Ball (Dogleg Island Mystery #1)

I like to read books about dogs–especially smart dogs. I must have read this at the right time, because Flash is an especially smart dog–quite self-aware in his thinking while still motivated by food! I don’t usually like books about animals who are too smart to be realistic (unless it’s science fiction or fantasy!)–and this book was right on the edge and over sometimes. I may not read another book in the series, but this book did make me feel good. I was smiling while I read it.

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #3)

Another series with a smart dog in the book. In this case, Robo is a K-9 dog in a police department in a Colorado mountain town. Mattie is his police partner and I love the bond between them. Robo is much more realistic even though he’s very much a character in these mysteries. K-9 dogs do fantastic things everyday in both police work and in the military and they’re true heroes.

What about you? Are you reading lots of light, fluffy feel good books? What are your feel good books?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “Books I’ve read recently that made me feel good”

  1. The Tolkien book sounds wonderful. I am going to be sure to read that next year during the holidays. I also like that you have lots of books with animals. Happy reading!


  2. I really loved Garden of Lamentations and Cold as Ice. Those are two of my favorite series and these were great additions to them. I really want to read the Margaret Mizushima series. It sounds amazing!


    1. Both the Crombie and Mulhern books were so good. I just love those mysteries. I’m glad we’re getting more Mulhern this year. I don’t know when the next Crombie book will come out.


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