Joy in the Morning - Betty  Smith I think this is one of those weirdly conditional books. When I read this book I was in high school and liked it just fine. I could see reading it when I was in my early 20's and really liking it. Now I'm not sure if I would like it more or less than I did when I actually read it. I am pretty sure I would have liked it more if I had been in a different place in my life. This I think does actually raise it a little in my esteem.