There’s nothing like curling up with a feel-good book to lift up your mind and spirit and leave you with a positive outlook on life and the future long after you’ve put it down. Whether you’re looking for tales of redemption, stories of love, or moving family dramas, we know of a book you’re going to love.
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World’s picks for the best feel-good books.
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Feel Good Books A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove — Fredrik Backman
Curmudgeonly Ove is "the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window," so imagine his displeasure when chatty new neighbors move in and accidentally flatten his mailbox in the process. Little do they know their "neighbor from hell" is harboring a deep sadness that is lifted after the Ove forms an unlikely friendship with the family next door. It's a "comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations."
Where to buy: $10, Amazon
Feel Good Books Dumplin Julie Murphy
Dumplin' — Julie Murphy
Julie Murphy's novel follows "self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson," whose beauty queen mom calls her "Dumplin'." Will takes a job at a fast-food joint where she meets Private School Bo, a hot jock that, to Will's surprise, takes a liking to her. Their relationship causes Will to doubt herself, who then seeks to gain back her confidence by doing something crazy — namely entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant. Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston star in the Netflix adaption of Murphy's book.
Where to buy: $7.98 (originally $9.99), Amazon
Feel Good Books Good Guys Love Dogs Inglath Cooper
Good Guys Love Dogs — Inglath Cooper
Ian McKinley and his delinquent son trade their fast-paced New York City lives for a small town in Virginia called Keeling Creek. There, Ian is surprised to find himself falling for Colby Williams, a small-town vet with a love for animals and her teenage daughter. But Colby is a woman very different from Ian's romantic type. "What else could Ian and Colby possibly have in common? Dogs? Yes. Love? Maybe."
Where to buy: $15.19, Amazon
Feel Good Books The Light We Lost Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost — Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost is a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that follows Lucy and Gabe, who first meet senior year of college. A year later the pair are on different continents; Lucy is working in New York City and Gabe is a photojournalist in the Middle East. "What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love."
Where to buy: $12.17 (originally $16), Amazon
Feel Good Books On Turpentine Lane Elinor Lipman
On Turpentine Lane — Elinor Lipman
Thirty-two-year-old Faith Frankel returns to her hometown and a peaceful life in her new bungalow on Turpentine Lane. But not everything is as cheery as it seems; Faith's husband is off on a work trip, too busy to respond to her texts but not too busy to post photos of himself with other women. And Faith's parents aren't much help, either. So when she finds mysterious artifacts in the attic, Faith starts questioning her life. "What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence..."
Where to buy: $9.10 (originally $14.99), Amazon
Feel Good Books The Friend Sigrid Nunez
The Friend — Sigrid Nunez
The Friend follows a woman who's just lost her lifelong friend and gained the dog he left behind, a traumatized Great Dane. The only problem is our protagonist lives in an apartment that doesn't allow dogs. Pet lovers will love this story of friendship, healing, and the special bond between a dog and a woman.
Where to buy: $11 (originally $16), Amazon
Feel Good Books You Me Everything Catherine Issac
You Me Everything — Catherine Isaac
Jess and her 10-year-old son, William, are off to spend the summer in France visiting Adam, Jess' ex-boyfriend and William's father. Seems idyllic, right? It turns out Jess has the unenviable task of making Adam fall in love with William.
Where to buy: $10, Amazon