Books That Make Me Happy: Fiction Edition

Of all the books that spring to mind, I have to say the vast majority of happy-making books are fiction. It may seem like I'm not taking the world seriously enough, or that fiction is about the need to escape reality through story. The truth is, it's all about imagination for me. It's the same reason I love poetry.

Fiction opens doors, and dimensions, and deep places in my heart. If I am behaving like a skeptic again, it is most likely because my imagination has gone stale through lack of imagery. Fiction, (and poetry of course,) are the wells of restoration for my tired mind. They are the seeds for new experiences, new courage, and new ways of looking at a thing.

My belief that there are many ways to look at a thing has been cultivated by stories. If I don't depend on imagination, the panic will cave me in, and I will find myself groping about in dark desperation.

Stories are essential.

I think one of my very favorites, (and I have a lot of favorites and am learning to just go with what speaks to me in the moment, knowing it doesn't have to be a permanent favorite,) is Anne of Green Gables. We are kindred spirits, and I say this with utmost confidence. She mirrors the same attachment to inner child and inner wise woman that I feel inside myself. And she has enough blunders and wild flights of fancy that we could be peas in a pod. Even down to the periodic identity crises:

There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.
— L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

My sentiments exactly.

If you haven't yet read the book, please do. If you've read it once, then maybe it's time to indulge in a reread. Or in my case, a rererereread at least? ;) I can't help it; it makes me so happy.

Let yourself enjoy the book with the spirit of a curious child. L. M. Montgomery was before her time in cultivating empathy through her characters and stories. She's up there on my best authors of all time list. And Anne is at the top of my best fictional friends forever, no contest.

Who is your Best Book Friend Forever (BBFF)?

Jamie Bagley