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Feel Good Factor

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1baswood
Nov 22, 2019, 7:52am

After reading the sonnet High Flight posted by librorumamans it seemed to me to have that feel good factor and led me to think about the books I have read recently. There are very few that make feel happy, joyful, delighted, or even hopeful. There are plenty of books that I am glad to have finished but that's another story. There are also many books that I find fascinating, interesting, thoughtful or captivating, but that not the same as those rare books that make feel uplifted. here is my very short list:

Le Grand Meulnes - Alain Fournier

Love Again - Doris Lessing

Platero and I - Juan Ramon Jiménez

Jules Verne - From the earth to the moon

I guess I am not looking to read many books that make me feel good.

2RickHarsch
Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 8:24am

Funny books. Beckett. O'Brien. Mulligan Stew, Sorrentino. Rabelais.

3librorumamans
Nov 22, 2019, 2:38pm

>1 baswood: Me too for Le Grand Meaulnes.

For a long time in my early adulthood I annually read The Secret Garden in an old edition with lovely colour plates, as a restorative.

4Macumbeira
Nov 22, 2019, 2:54pm

It is a difficult one.
The Champagne list at Anselme Selosse's restaurant made me feel good but besides that...?

5Macumbeira
Nov 22, 2019, 3:36pm

got one ! dead souls by Gogolj

6Crypto-Willobie
Nov 22, 2019, 9:28pm

>5 Macumbeira:
A fishing memoir?

7Macumbeira
Nov 23, 2019, 5:39am

>6 Crypto-Willobie: you are right. The Clostermann book for instance https://www.librarything.com/work/7557349

8RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 6:43am

Dead Soles by Gogol

9baswood
Nov 23, 2019, 6:50am

10George_Salis
Nov 30, 2019, 5:25am

Dandelion Wine and a lot of other Bradbury works have that feel good, wholesome vibe, I think.

11librorumamans
Nov 30, 2019, 12:01pm

Thumbs up for Dandelion Wine!

12RickHarsch
Dec 1, 2019, 10:31am

I listened to Hole in My Shoe once, a week ago I guess, and it resurfaced today...I had a hard time locating the source...

13blackdogbooks
Dec 1, 2019, 10:59am

Agree with Dandelion Wine mention - another I've always associated with it, Winesburg, Ohio

14RickHarsch
Dec 1, 2019, 11:17am

Dandelion Winesburg, Ohio. Makes sense.