Can we brainstorm some good "happy" books? Not saccharine or optimistic stuff necessarily, but things that challenge the idea that all literary fiction is dour and soul searching.
I feel sorry for the groke :( do you remember the part where she and moomintroll have that unhealthy relationship where he brings out the hurricane lantern for her to stare at? Moominpappa at sea is a legit classic. Unappreciated moominmamma disappearing into the garden she's drawn on the lighthouse wall, little my and the ants, the seahorses friend zoning moomintroll, moominpappas midlife crisis.... Good shit
Herman Hesse's books can be both uplifting and soul-searching.
A good combination, imo.
>mrw finding happiness through understanding pain
If you consider comedy to be happy, then the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's pretty good at it. At least until the 3rd book. The amount of seriousness in the last 2 books is kind of off-putting.