As a writer and an English teacher, I'm sure that some folks assume that my favorite authors hail from antiquity: according to them, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Cather, and Poe should be my go-to reads. I'm hesitant to break the bubble of assumption, but here it goes.
I love Maud Hart Lovelace. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lois Lenski. Sydney Taylor. And the list goes on. Give me a 'feel good' book over a classic any day! It's what makes me happy, keeps me steady, gives me purpose.
Before you 'poo-poo' the idea of books creating the ultimate in happiness, consider this: What book- quickly - reminds you of childhood? Find a copy and read it. Read it aloud. To yourself. To your children.
And relive the magic of becoming one with the story.