Feel-good books must be hard to write because well-written ones are hard to find. Here are some books I have enjoyed. To be a feel-good book it must give an affinity for a place or a situation, without challenging prejudices. The stories may even, for example, embrace things like how lucky we are that rich, white, heterosexual men have gone to lots of trouble to gain control over all of us. I can’t write stuff like this, but It is important not to read too many books that make you feel unworthy. Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido I may be wrong, but I think this is an exception to the rule that feel-good books support our prejudices. Barbara makes inclusiveness feel great. I love this book. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson Behind every curmudgeon like me, there is a nice bloke trying to get out. Girl Waits With Gun (Kopp sisters) by Amy Stewart For people who don’t feel they fit in, this is a wonderful story of someone who does not accept their prescribed role. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox This book is at the dark end of “feel-good” books. Don’t get put off by the start. It does lighten up and has diverse and sympathetic characters. Pope Joan: Translated & Adapted from the Greek byby Emmanuel Rhoides, Lawrence Durrell (translator) This book is a joy! The humour is irreverent and twisted, but I love that. Sacred Hunger(Sacred Hunger #1) by Barry Unsworth Barry writes great page-turners, like this one, which explores universal issues such as exploitation of power, domination, and greed. Am I jealous? Yes! Of course! The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat (The Supremes #1) by Edward Kelsey Moore This is a delightful story about friends who are there for each other. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson This is a wonderful story, but you have to ignore the racism, or when it talks about Jews, substitute Trump. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows This life-afirming story, is about love and friendship. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A well written and charming story, but Amor Should have been a lot more balanced in his treatment of historical events. Other book recommendations Reviews and recommendations Bolas buys By Kenneth R Vickery16/02/2021 Poppy By Kenneth R Vickery16/02/2021 Speculative Fiction Books That Convey An Insightful Knowledge Of Human Existence04/02/2021 Books I recommend about the world around us15/12/2020 Recommended feel-good books24/09/2020 Recommended classic books to read17/09/2020 Red Rising: Red Rising Series 1, by Pierce Brown16/01/2020 The Lost Man, by Jane Harper19/12/2019 The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke12/12/2019 Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton07/11/2019 Categorybook reviewsTagsfeel-good books recommended books Post navigation Previous PostPrevious Recommended classic books to readNext PostNext Is saying “that’s a cliché” clichéd? How to avoid being clichéd.