Adult Book Lists: Feel Good Fiction

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Emma Bull / SF BULL
War for the Oaks
After the split up of her rock and roll group and while looking for another, guitarist Eddi McCandry finds herself caught up in a battle between the Seelie and Unseelie courts of faerie.

Pearl Cleage / FIC CLEAGE
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
After finding out that she has HIV, Ava Johnson leaves her luxurious lifestyle in Atlanta and returns to her hometown of Idlewild, Michigan for the summer. There she finds a group of people with lots of problems and an abandoned baby with drug issues that needs a home. She might even find a love interest along the way.

Jenny Colgan / FIC COLGAN
Little Beach Street Bakery (recipes included)
After her relationship and business fail, Polly Waterford moves to Polbearne, a small town on the Cornish coast. While there, her bread making hobby leads to opening a bakery with some locals, including a handsome beekeeper, and might just turn around the fortunes of the town.

William Goldman / FIC GOLDMAN
The Princess Bride (also on DVD)
Once upon a time there was a story that the author thought needed some tweaking. The results became a story and movie that is beloved by many. There was once a farm boy turned pirate that fell in love with a beautiful woman turned princess. Their adventures combine with those of a gentle giant, a revenge seeking swordsman, an evil prince, a sorta miracle worker, and more...

Jerome K. Jerome (read by Hugh Laurie) / AD FIC JEROME
Three Men in a Boat (only in audio)
Written as a personal travel log, Jerome’s publishers convinced him to print it as a comedic work of fiction. The story has an unnamed narrator, Harris, and George, along with the dog, Montmorency, and it tells of their adventure boating from London to Oxford for health (or hypochondriac) reasons and the problems they face along the way.

Jonas Jonasson / FIC GOLDMAN
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (also in ebook)
Nombeko Mayeki knows she needs to escape what she is certain will be an early death in her South African home town. She works her way up to a position that comes with knowledge of a dangerous plot that includes a “nonexistent” missile. Knowledge of this plot puts her on the run for her life to Sweden and puts her on the path of saving the king, which might just save the rest of the world, too.

Rachel Joyce / FIC JOYCE
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (also in large print)
After receiving a goodbye letter from a past love, Harold Fry decides to deliver his response in person, walking over 600 miles to get there. Along the way, he meets many interesting people, and he and his wife discover a new appreciation for one another.

Kate Morton / FIC MORTON
The Forgotten Garden (also in audiobook)
A young girl is abandoned aboard a ship bound for Australia in 1913. All she has with her is a suitcase of clothes and a book of fairytales. The dockmaster and his wife raise Nell as their own, telling her the truth on her 21st birthday. After learning this, Nell travels to Cornwall and learns of the Montrachet family. However, it is not until after her death when her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search, that the whole truth comes out.

Walter Mosley / FIC MOSLEY
The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray (also in audiobook)
Ptolemy Grey is 91-years-old and suffering from dementia. After his great-nephew’s murder, he is taken care of by his niece’s lodger, 17-year-old Robyn, who challenges Ptolemy to get his life back. He finds an experimental drug that gives him his mind back, but the doctor does not guarantee he will make it to 92. This new clarity leads Ptolemy to look into the death of his nephew.

Spider Robinson / SF ROBINSON
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
Callahan’s is the neighborhood pub of the galaxy. Anyone (time traveler, aliens, telepaths…) can stop by and have an audience of listeners for their troubles or thoughtful discussions with no judgment. The book contains several short stories with the bar as the overall theme. First in a series of nine.

Patrick Rothfuss / SF ROTHFUSS
The Name of the Wind (also in audiobook)
This begins the story of Kvothe, who is known as the most notorious wizard, thief, musician, or assassin (depending on who you ask) of his day. The Name of the Wind is the first book in a trilogy told as a story by Kvothe to Chronicler about his life. This section begins with the tales of his childhood in a troop of players and goes through his years at the university and learning magic.

Anthony Ryan / SF RYAN
Blood Song
Vaelin Al Sorna is only 10 years old when his father leaves him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a brotherhood of “Warriors of the Faith.” Vaelin is confused at his father’s actions, and as he grows, he finds out that his father has nefarious plans for his future. Vaelin’s destiny, however, may be more auspicious and consequential than anyone may ever have suspected. This is the first book in a trilogy, told as a history by Vaelin.

Graeme C. Simsion / FIC SIMSION
The Rosie Project (also in large print and in ebook)
Don Tillman is a professor of Genetics that has an obsession for schedules and people’s BMI. Don knows that he is different (what would be considered Asperger’s Syndrome) and a handful, but he is hoping to complete his “Wife Project” (a list of qualifications for his perfect mate). Along the way, Don meets Rosie, a younger woman with none of those qualifications. Don decides to help Rosie with her father issue, labeling it the “Rosie Project,” and while working on the project together, Rosie turns Don’s life upside down (but in a good way).

Robin Sloan / FIC SLOAN
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (also in audiobook)
After losing his web design job during the Great Recession, Clay Jannon manages to find a job working the night shift for Mr. Penumbra. Clay is forbidden to look at the books reserved for the mysterious “book club” that meets in the store. Using his technical know-how, Clay soon discovers what the club is really up to, and he works with all forms of technology to aid the club members in finding the answers they seek.

Winifred Watson / FIC WATSON
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (also on DVD)
Miss Pettigrew is middle-aged governess that is accidentally assigned to night club singer, Delysia LaFosse, by her employment agency. Within the next 24 hours, the two women make huge differences in each other’s lives.

Roger Zelazny / SF ZELAZNY
Blood Song
Vaelin Al Sorna is only 10 years old when his father leaves him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a brotherhood of “Warriors of the Faith.” Vaelin is confused at his father’s actions, and as he grows, he finds out that his father has nefarious plans for his future. Vaelin’s destiny, however, may be more auspicious and consequential than anyone may ever have suspected. This is the first book in a trilogy, told as a history by Vaelin.

Gabrielle Zevin / FIC ZEVIN
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (also in large print, audiobook, and e-book)