We’re highlighting a variety of books to help our readers find something “good” to read. And yes, “good” is a relative term, which is why this series includes a variety of selections with a wide range of appeal.
Each post in this series highlights books that share similar appeal (or story elements) like genre, storyline, tone, writing style and/or characters. The selections in this blog post include fiction novels that are relatable (characters) and engaging (writing style).
What does that mean exactly?
Because their emotions and experiences are recognizable, readers are able to identify with these characters and their dilemmas. ~ Novelist
Engaging Writing Style
These books capture the imagination of readers through narrative style, character, or use of detail. ~ Novelist
Descended from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love, twin sisters Margot and Sunshine transform their controversial relationships with a client’s son and an employer into unexpected sources of happiness.
A chance meeting fails to bring the 18-year-old Tess and Gus the love with each other that they deserve, and they wind through lives that bring surprises and divert them from their intended paths, but will they get a second chance at love together?
Returning to her hometown in the hopes of reconciling with her estranged family, a woman who recently survived a brush with death makes discoveries with the potential to heal the rift or permanently separate her from her surviving relatives.
When a moment’s hesitation unravels all of her carefully organized life goals, grad student Hannah impulsively accepts a job in Sonoma, where new friends and an unexpected romance shape her efforts to save a family winery.
An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.
Edsel Bronfman, a single man with a dead-end job who lives in a seedy neighborhood with his spirited mother, wins a couples-only vacation and is given only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.
A collection of 12 interlocking stories is set in Los Angeles and describes a broken family through the homes they inhabit, their estranged relationships and the victimization they endure at the hands of corrupt employers.
The first story collection from the New York Times Notable author since winning the Caine Prize offers a rich tableau of life as an immigrant abroad, attempting to navigate the conflicts of assimilation and difference in an unfamiliar world.
Organizing a group birthday vacation in Mexico for her loved ones, Jenna is dismayed when her friends’ personalities change, her husband begins making clandestine calls and her teen daughter bonds with a local delinquent.
From the author of Playing with Matches, the rollicking tale of a young jewelry shop owner who accidentally leads her Instagram followers to believe that she’s engaged—and then decides to keep up the ruse.