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Cheerful books to read to stay positive in times of Coronavirus scare

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The world is taken over by the Coronavirus pandemic and more and more people are being diagnosed with the deadly virus every day. It is a hard time for humankind when the world seems to have bowed down to a malevolent epidemic.

In this difficult time, books can prove to be a way out of the misery. Books have always been looked as a source of beautiful alternate reality. With people isolating themselves at home in the present times, books could help them cheer up a bit and embrace life as it is.

Here is a list cheerful books to read to stay positive in times of Coronavirus!

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02/10Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A sweet, romantic and brand new novel, the book is absorbing, hilarious and tender. It raises and addresses many important questions- Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Through its stimulating story line, the book proves that true love isn’t always diplomatic.

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03/10Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

This charming, smart and contemporary realistic romance novel was published in 2017. It revolves around Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart, who are the unlikeliest of best friends. However, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing in their lives, and in their relationship. As they try to figure out what they mean to each other and where to go from here, they make a top ten list of counting down th Ba;zere top ten moments of their friendship.

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04/10The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett

In this humorous and enlightening book, Neuroscientist Dean Burnett dives into the squishy science and bubbly feelings of what happiness means. He combines cutting-edge theories of the science of emotions with interviews of dozens of people on the happiness scale, from relationship coaches to celebrity millionaires. The book explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience and in the process discovers something about what it means to be human.

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05/10The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

The book centers on Amy Byler, a single mom who is literally overworked and underappreciated and who is in desperate need of a break. So when her guilt ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for summer, Amy accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City. The book proves to be a laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that leaves the readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine.

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06/10This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

The book is a fresh, charming rom-com about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town. It is a bighearted rom-com that is hilarious and breathless love story of two boys on the path to their happy ending beyond lives up to its title. It proves to be a fun, quirky story that proves romance and love are possible for every single person no matter what.

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07/10Happy For No Reason by Mandira Bedi

The book is about Mandira Bedi, a fitness icon, who in her own way is searching for happiness. Happiness which is not conditional, materialistic or transactional. She herself accepts that she hasn’t cracked the code for it yet, but genuinely believes that she is headed in the right direction. In her own chaotic way, she seems to have discovered some kind of non-scientific, non-spiritual and as-yet-non-existent formula for finding peace in everything and just being happy-for no reason.

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08/10Life is What You Make it by Preeti Shenoy

Life Is What You Make It is based on a love story that has been set in India in the 90s. It has been described by the readers as a book portraying how love, hope and determination can together win over even the destiny. It is a gripping tale of a few significant years of the protagonist’s life.

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09/10A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

This novel is about dislocation and alienation, outsiders and losers, the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories, and the consolations of storytelling. It is unsentimental yet full of compassion, and is written with unrelenting honesty. The book tells two stories: Ritwik, twenty-two and orphaned, escapes from a devastating childhood of abuse in Calcutta to what he considers to be a new world, full of possibilities, in England, where he has a chance to start all over again.

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10/10Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan

An absolutely delightful read, the book offers a refreshing view of village life in early 20th century pre-independence India, seen from the perspective of a ten-year-old in all his innocence. The story is set in the small fictitious town of Malgudi. Excellent description, great sense of humor and the child’s blithe spirit pervades the whole book, bringing the readers laughter, joy, and vexation.

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