5 Feel Good Fiction Books for When You Just Can’t
Sometimes life is hard.
Even really good lives in developed countries with garbage pick up can be hard.
When those rough days arrive, there is one life raft I can always cling to
FEEL GOOD FICTION
TO BE CLEAR, books are everywhere, but a GOOD, feel good book is rare. Can I get a tambourine shake on that!?
And of course when you really need it, sifting through page after page on the library website gets tired real fast, so let’s do each other a favor and share. Take a recommendation, leave a recommendation because if not now then soon, we all need a great book.
Critical Criteria- Easy to read, but written well. Feels good. That’s it.
Little French Bistro
Romance, and redemption all wrapped up in a cute little package of a town on the Brittany coast of France.
Like this book’s similarly fantastic predecessor The Little Paris Bookshop, this read is entirely contemporary but the timeless themes of love and loss are explored beautifully with easy to read prose.
From the very beginning, you have a good idea where the primary character, an under-appreciated German housewife, will end up, but the pleasure is in watching the journey unfold.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant does not live an enviable life, but she doesn’t seem to care much until one day she helps an old man in the street and things begin to change.
This is another transformational book, but it has a twist that will grab you by the throat and pull you to the end.
I cannot say more for fear of ruining it, but believe me, you will not be disappointed.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
This lady’s husband up and left her with two kids and the book begins with her seeing him in her local drug store two years later.
For all those mamas and mama-like people who have given so much of themselves they damn near disappeared, this book is for you because we get to watch Amy get her groove back.
Witchy fans, this book is the Nigerian, female, Harry Potter. Need I say more?
Young Adult novels like this one are so damn popular with everybody because the best authors don’t spend a whole lot of time trying to convince us what great writers they are. Instead, we are given a good story to get lost in and this one has magic!
A Man Called Ove
You have probably heard of this one and there is a reason. I overlooked this book so many times and when I finally read it, I was like Ove my goodness, this book is like brownie sundae good. Thank you, more, please.
As I type this last book my heart hurts a little because there are so many more that I want to put up, in fact, you can see my more extensive list here.
P.S. As a Black writer, I am saying to myself, girl, where is the diversity, but look, I chose the first books that came to mind because what you need right now is a cure for what ails. We can get into the whyhow of diversity another time.
For real, though, I’ve read all of these books already and I’m not a do-it-again kind of girl, so please include your feel good fiction in the comment section because when it comes to good books, there can never be enough.