For every reader, books are so much more than just words on a page, but instead are words that help make our lives better and spark happiness from the very characters we read about. Since August is recognized as Happiness Happens month and yesterday was National Book Lovers Day, for today’s prompt let’s talk about books that make us happy and bring joy to our hearts!

When I find a setting and/or characters I enjoy, I love reading more about them. However, I don’t reread much. So, most of the time, bookish happiness for me is getting a new book in the series.

Book series:

1, Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

I love Librarian/spy Irene Winters and the rest of the cast. I have just one more book to read but I don’t want the series to end.

2, Discworld by Terry Pratchett

The various Discworld books flit around the Discworld and characters. I particularly love the Witches books and I’m happy to see Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg visit in a book.

3, Swordheart by T. Kingfisher

I don’t usually read romance but this fantasy romance was delightful even if it does use some romance tropes. I enjoy the rest of the World of the White Rat fantasy romances, too.

4, Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

The delightful Phryne Fisher mystery series is set in 1920s Australia. I love both Phryne and her circle of close friends.

5, The Long way to the Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
While I enjoy the exciting, explosive science fiction a lot, sometimes I just want people to get along, even in (especially) SF settings. Chamber’s books are perfect for that. This book is more of a series of vignettes starring the different characters of the spaceship Wayfarer.

Comics:

I reread comics a lot more than books. Here are my favorites:

1, Excalibur by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis

Rachel Summers (Phoenix), Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), Meggan, and Brian Braddock (Captain Britain) are Britain’s new superteam. When this comic first came out in 1998, many of the other superheroes were grim. Excalibur combined humor with exciting superheroics across the world and various universes.

2, Avengers by Kurt Busiek and George Perez

Busiek’s Avengers’ run starting in 1998 was a love letter to the characters and the whole genre.

3, Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini

Elfquest was the first fantasy comic I read. I fell in love with these ferocious, short elves with their fierce wolves.

4, Fantastic Four by John Byrne

Byrne’s FF are not just superheroes, although they do their fair share of that, too. But they’re first explorers and adventurers. They travel through space, time, and alternate universes.

5, X-Men by Chris Claremont and various artists

My first love among superheroes! It could be sheer nostalgia on my part, but his run gave us the Dark Phoenix Saga and the Days of the Future Past. He also introduced us to many classic conflicts and characters.