Feel Good Fiction

We know being stuck at home isn’t easy, so we’ve rounded up some great feel good fiction to help keep us all happy and occupied. From the hilarious to the heartwarming, some old and some new, these are the best kinds of comfort reads. (Even better: there’s a bit of everything to choose from.)  Below are 9 inspired reads we’re highlighting now; the full list is here.

A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – someone with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Add in boisterous new neighbors and a flattened mailbox and you’ve got the start of a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship mixed with the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. This read is life-affirming, relationship driven, and a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.  In other words, it’s perfect!

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy #1)
Kevin Kwan

A hilarious and crazy fun obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. This bestselling novel turned motion picture darling is an over-the-top romp through the unbelievable jet-setting lives of Asia’s super elite. It’s wickedly funny, decadent, and delightfully soapy. A must read even if you didn’t watch the movie adaptation over and over and over again.

The Girl with the Louding Voice
Abi Daré

A beautiful portrait of a women finding her strength and shaping her own destiny. Trapped in a life of servitude, a young Nigerian woman determined to fight for her dreams and future paints a story of relentless hope amidst the struggles of living in a toxic patriarchy. This bold debut is lyrical in its prose and captivating in its journey. “It will break your heart and then it will put it back together again.”  — Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show

High Fidelity
Nick Hornby

An all too wise and hilarious look at love, heartbreak, and rock and roll—and the basis for the acclaimed Hulu series starring Zoe Kravitz. This highly relatable story brilliantly explores the memories, mishaps and soundtrack of youth. With a parade of wildly offbeat characters, witty dialogue, and ingenious top five lists for days, this charming read is perfect for highly opinionated pop music junkies and anyone just searching for a great read about love, identity and second chances.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Charlie Mackesy

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole. “Kind,” said the boy. This modern fable offering some much-needed inspiration and hope in uncertain times is also our first B&N Book of the Year. With hand-written narratives accompanied by dozens of simple drawings Charlie Mackesy creates a world of infinite kindness, wisdom, and true friendship. In a similar vein to The Tao of Pooh and The Giving Tree, this book radiates with warmth and wit and will be one you’ll find yourself revisiting like an old friend.

Evvie Drake Starts Over
Linda Holmes

A wonderful debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game. With beautifully flawed characters at its core this joyful, hope-filled read will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes. “A quirky, sweet, and splendid story of a woman coming into her own.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
Robin Sloan

So, we might be biased here – a feel-good read about a mysterious, possibly magical bookstore! While all true, this literary adventure is much more than that. Part old-fashioned fantasy, part technological meditation on the quest for permanence in the digital age, this love letter to books is delightfully funny, clever, and just like a great bookstore, one you’ll never want to leave. “A book about passion—for books, for history, for the future…There is nothing about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn’t love.” —Cory Doctorow

Like Water for Chocolate
Laura Esquivel

Earthy, magical, and utterly whimsical, this tale of family, forbidden love, and food in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit. A quick and delicious page-turner that reads like a soap-opera and swirls with the flavors and spirit of Mexico. Lovingly atmospheric, this is a story that will remind you just how beautiful language can be. So, if you’re looking for an epic romance in under 300 pages that’s literally told through food this book is *chef’s kiss*!

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Helen Fielding

A devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a perpetually doomed quest for self-improvement. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation…who hasn’t been Bridget Jones at some point in life? Funny and at times horrifyingly familiar, read this (especially if you’ve seen the movie!) to laugh and recharge.

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