16 Books That Will Turn That Frown Upside Down

Good days, bad days, ehhh days. They all come without warning. Fortunately though, we have these wonderful, humorous literary works to bring even the tiniest of smiles to our faces. May they shed some light on your day, no matter what kind you’re having.

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Beloved comedian Mindy Kaling keeps it 100 with us as she invites readers into her compelling mind. With advice on what constitutes a good best friend to unfiltered opinions on the realities of being a woman of color in Hollywood, we can count on Miss Kaling to remind us that even if you’re rich and famous, life is still a crazy rollercoaster. You can also check out Mindy’s equally as awesome books, Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself, Matt and Ben, and her newest work, Why Not Me?


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2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is just like you and me. You’ll feel like you’re on a wellness journey with her as she chronicles the whirlwind, though positively transformative year where she simply tried to be happy everyday. If you’re a Winston Churchill lover or in the mood to learn more about the man behind the vastly complex life, check out Rubin’s other book, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life.

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3. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Who didn’t love Amy as Regina George’s ostentatious mom in Mean Girls? Or as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation? Filled with personal stories and advice on parenthood, sex, as well as other life experiences, if you didn’t love Ms. Poehler before, you will now.


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4. 14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Quirky, cute, and richly entertaining, this is one that will do you well by carrying it on the go. You never know when you’ll need a small pick-me up. These 14,000 things such as strawberry ice cream and gazing at the newly risen sun will help you remember what makes life worthwhile: the little things.


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5. You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice by The Believer

If you’re being really hard on yourself today, stop it right this second and pick this book up! The author has gathered short stories, quotes and more from widely enjoyed entertainers such as writer/director Judd Apatow, in addition to comedians Sarah Silverman, and Zach Galifiankis that will make you feel all the better. You’ll be so captivated by their unbelievable experiences, you won’t even remember why you were upset in the first place.


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6. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Jenny is basically the girl next door. Who happened to grow up in a small town in Texas. As she speaks on her awkward teenage years, you’ll reminisce about your own. As she authentically, though humorously, talks about her marriage, it’ll make you envision and ponder your own. Ultimately, Jenny brings us back to this truth: the things we most want to forget are sometimes the very things that define us. If you cannot get enough of Jenny, check out her second and most recent work: Furiously Happy, in which she provides a witty and vulnerable account of her battle with anxiety and depression.


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7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Now, it’s not everyday where we think about the emotions of our coloring utensils. Today is the day to do just that! In this thoroughly light-hearted adventure, author Drew Daywalt takes us away from our blah adult troubles, into a world where you’ll weirdly start to wonder if maybe everything inanimate understands what you’re going through. Fun for all ages!


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8. The Bro Code by Barney Stinson

We can all rest our souls. Our favorite ladies man from How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson, gives us access on how his womanizing ways have served him well. Now, I don’t think it’s meant to be taken too seriously but to my guys out there, I’ll leave it up to you if you want to take notes. (Wink)


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9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Think your day couldn’t get any worse? Meet Alexander. Your feelings are totally valid, but trust me, after reading about his day, you’ll agree, it really was a terrible, horrible, no good and…just very bad day. Of all the bad days, Alexander’s takes the cake.


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10. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is an older gentleman who doesn’t have the greatest reputation for being one. He’s stuck in his ways, speaks his mind, and if you offered your opinion there’s a high chance he might tell you to stick it somewhere unconventional. When a young couple unexpectedly moves in next door, what begins as a group of bitter feelings on Ove’s end, turns into a beautiful and touching friendship. A sweet story of loss, loneliness, and friendship.


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11. Damn You, Autocorrect! by Jillian Madison

The title says it all doesn’t it? You won’t be able to control your facial expressions or laughter as you take a look at some of the worst autocorrect disasters of all time.


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12. Do It Well, Make It Fun: The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between by: Ron Culberson

Raise your hand if you feel like you’re totally winging this life thing. Ron Culberson understands and he’s here to help. Not like the usual self-help book, this one provides an interesting perspective that doesn’t put too much pressure on having an action plan. It teaches us the right way to plan what we can and how to adapt to what doesn’t go according to script. All the while ensuring we enjoy the ride all the way.


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13. I Could Pee On This: and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

Maybe, just maybe, we should accept the fact that cats will eventually take over the world. Forget about the zombie apocalypse. We should all begin begging for meowcy now. You’ll get way more than a few giggles out of this one. Poetic souls these kitties have.


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14. Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Joshua Glenn

No more sitting around blankly staring at your phone or tablet. We now have a guide that has revolutionized the way we look at our boredom. Now, what are you still doing here? Go have some serious fun!


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15. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Wonderful tales from the life and career of Tina Fey. How could that not be interesting? I would highly recommend Tina’s book for those who are also fans of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Margaret Cho.


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16. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is something very calming about the works of Shel Silverstein. He makes you feel like you’re writing the story and sometimes we just need an escape from a world where we don’t have much control to a world where we do. Nothing beats a good poem.


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These books are guaranteed to give you the happy feels. Whoever said you can’t buy happiness, must not have been a bookworm. I hope you enjoyed reading through these book suggestions!


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