If you’re looking for reading recommendations beyond the best seller lists – you’ve come to the right place. The appeal series includes a variety of books that share similar appeal factors (or story elements) like genre, storyline, tone, writing style and/or characters.
In recent years, a new trend has emerged in the literary world and it’s called Up Lit.
What’s Up Lit you ask?
Uplifting and life-affirming stories chock full of humor, hope, kindness, compassion, empathy, love, joy and so on … you know … all those things that make you feel good inside.
The novels in this blog post fall under more than one genre, but all could be categorized as Up Lit (also known as “feel good fiction”).
After his friend, Iris, dies from a terminal illness at age 33, PR genius Smith Simonyi teams up with Iris’ sister, Jade, to make Iris’ final request—to get her blog posts published as a book—a reality.
Entering a flatshare arrangement with a man on an opposite work shift, a heartbroken woman begins exchanging notes with the roommate she has never met and becomes his best friend, and possibly soulmate, through their correspondence.
Banking analyst Allegra Cobb plans to quit the minute her year-end bonus hits her account, finally pursuing her yoga career full-time; but an intense relationship with the Instagram guru throws a wrench in her plans.
When an accident on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life lands her in the hospital with a very uncertain future, Margaret struggles to come to terms with family secrets, heartbreak, and starting over before discovering love in an unexpected place.
A head librarian trying to forget the painful realities of her suburban past unexpectedly bonds with a teenager performing community service, a disgruntled former Wall Street high flyer, and other offbeat regulars who encourage her out of her self-imposed isolation.
An artist reeling from her husband’s unexpected death and an engineer recovering from his divorce follow the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail from France to Spain, tackling challenges and their own difficulties along the way.
A decade after leaving the disinterested father of her baby, Jessica is convinced by her terminally ill mother to make room for the child’s father in their lives and embarks on a summer-long trip to France, where she visits the hotel her ex runs and endeavors to make him love his son, in an American debut from England.
A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past.
A man with a secret rare condition that has enabled him to survive for centuries moves to London to become a high-school history teacher and considers defying his protective guardians’ rule against falling in love when he becomes entranced by a captivating colleague.