POSITIVELY GOOD READS 

Books I've Read Recently

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Recommended

About a Boy (1998) by Nick Hornby

Absolute Truths (1996) by Susan Howatch

Agnes Grey (1847) by Anne Brontë

Alias Grace (1996) by Margaret Atwood

The Anansi Boys (2005) by Neil Gaiman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) by Ernest Gaines

Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast (1993) by Bill Richardson

Back When We Were Grownups (2001) by Anne Tyler    

Banishing Verona (2004) by Margot Livesey

Barchester Towers (1857) by Anthony Trollope

The Bean Trees (1988) by Barbara Kingsolver

Bel Canto (2001) by Ann Patchett

The Big Sleep (1939) by Raymond Chandler

Blessings (2002) by Anna Quindlen

Bless Me, Ultima (1972) by Rudolfo Anaya

Blue Shoes and Happiness (2007) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) by Thornton Wilder

Brooklyn (2009) by Colm Tóibín

Burr (1973) by Gore Vidal

Cannery Row (1945) by John Steinbeck

A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens

The Chosen (1967) by Chaim Potok

The Cider House Rules (1985) by John Irving

Circle of Friends (1990) by Maeve Binchy

City of Thieves (2008) by David Benioff

Clear Light of Day (1980) by Anita Desai

Cloudsplitter (1998) by Russell Banks

The Club Dumas (1993) by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons

Cold Sassy Tree (1984) by Olive Ann Burns

The Convert (1907) by Elizabeth Robins

Cotillion (1953) by Georgette Heyer

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) by Sarah Orne Jewett

Cranford (1853) by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon

The Dante Club (2006) by Matthew Pearl

The Daughter of Time (1951) by Josephine Tey

A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2001) by Terry McMillan

The Diary of a Nobody (1892) by George and Weedon Grosssmith

Dreaming of Babylon (1977) by Richard Brautigan

Dr. Thorne (1858) by Anthony Trollope

The Edge of Sadness (1961) by Edwin O'Connor

Empire (1987) by Gore Vidal

The Enchanted April (1923) by Elizabeth von Arnim

Evelina or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778) by Frances Burney

Excellent Women (1952) by Barbara Pym

Fanny Herself (1917) by Edna Ferber

Father Melancholy's Daughter (1991) by Gail Godwin

The Feast of Love (2000) by Charles Baxter

Foreign Affairs (1984) by Alison Lurie

Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

The Fountain Overflows (1956) by Rebecca West

Framley Parsonage (1860) by Anthony Trollope

Franny and Zooey (1961) by J. D. Salinger

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café (1986) by Fannie Flagg

The Gate of Angels (1990) by Penelope Fitzgerald

Gaudy Night (1936) by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Getting of Wisdom (1910) by Henry Handel Richardson

A Glass of Blessings (1958) by Barbara Pym

Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

The Grass Harp (1951) by Truman Capote

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008) by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Happy All the Time (1978) by Laurie Colwin

Harry and Catherine (1990) by Frederick Busch

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997) by J. K. Rowling

The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

The History of Love (2005) by Nicole Krauss

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams

The Holy Man (1995) by Susan Trott

Hope Leslie: Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (1827) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

The House on Mango Street (1984) by Sandra Cisneros

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) by Arthur Conan Doyle

The House of the Seven Gables (1851) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

How I Became a Famous Novelist (2009) by Steve Hely

The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea (2005)

I Capture the Castle (1948) by Dodie Smith

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979) by Italo Calvino

I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1967) by Margaret Craven

In Country (1985) by Bobbie Ann Mason

An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) by Iain Pears

The Interestings (2013) by Meg Wolitzer

Jane and Prudence (1953) by Barbara Pym

Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë

Johnny Tremain (1943) by Esther Forbes

The Killer Angels (1974) by Michael Shaara

The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini

Lady Audley's Secret (1862) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867) by Anthony Trollope

Last Orders (1996) by Graham Swift

Less Than Angels (1955) by Barbara Pym

Life of Pi (2001) by Yann Martel

Like Water for Chocolate (1989) by Laura Esquivel

Lincoln (1984) by Gore Vidal

Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott

The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil (1983) by Fay Weldon

Lives of Girls and Women (1971) by Alice Munro

Lolly Willowes (1926) by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lonesome Dove (1985) by Larry McMurtry

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (2008) by Sylvie James

Love among the Ruins (1947) by Angela Thirkell

Lying Awake (2000) by Mark Salzman

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955) by Sloan Wilson

The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) by G. K. Chesterton

March (2005) by Geraldine Brooks

Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) by Ron Hansen

A Month in the Country (1980) by J. L. Carr

Mother and Son (1955) by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Motherless Brooklyn (1999) by Jonathan Lethem

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) by Elizabeth Taylor

My Antonia (1918) by Willa Cather

My Name Is Red (2000) by Orhan Pamuk

The Nice and the Good (1968) by Iris Murdoch

North of Hope (1990) by Jon Hassler

Norwood (1966) by Charles Portis

Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982) by John Cheever

Old School (2003) by Tobias Wolff

Olive Kitteridge (2008) by Elizabeth Strout

On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon (1998) by Kaye Gibbons

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) by Jeanette Winterson

Out of This Furnace (1941) by Thomas Bell

Paradise Postponed (1985) by John Mortimer

A Peaceful Retirement (1996) by Miss Read

Persuasion (1817) by Jane Austen

The Pillars of the Earth (1989) by Ken Follett

Plainsong (2000) by Kent Haruf

Pnin (1957) by Vladimir Nabakov

Possession (1990) by A. S. Byatt

Practical Magic (1995) by Alice Hoffman

Praisesong for the Widow (1983) by Paule Marshall

Precious Bane (1924) by Mary Webb

The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (2003) by Elinor Lipman

The Pursuit of Love (1945) by Nancy Mitford

Queen Lucia (1920) by E. F. Benson

The Queen of the Tambourine (1991) by Jane Gardam

Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier

The Razor's Edge (1944) by W. Somerset Maugham

The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diamant

Right Ho, Jeeves (1922) by P. G. Wodehouse

The Rise to Rebellion (2002) by Jeff Shaara 

The Road Home (2008) by Rose Tremain

The Road to Wellville (1993) by T. C. Boyle

A Room with a View (1908) by E. M. Forster

Roxanna Slade (1998) by Reynolds Price

Scoop (1937) by Evelyn Waugh

The Screwtape Letters (1942) by C. S. Lewis

The Secret Life of Bees (2002) by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Magdalene (2005) by Ki Longfellow

Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen

The Seven Sisters (2002) by Margaret Drabble

The Shadow of the Wind (2001) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot

The Small House at Allington (1854) by Anthony Trollope

Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) by David Guterson

The Spectator Bird (1976) by Wallace Stegner

The Stone Diaries (1993) by Carol Shields

Stones for Ibarra (1984) by Harriet Doerr

Theophilus North (1973) by Thornton Wilder

Therapy (1995) by David Lodge

Three Junes (2003) by Julia Glass

Time and Again (1986) by Jack Finney

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974) by John le Carré

Toasted English (1949) by Marghanita Laski

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998) by Connie Willis

A Town Like Alice (1950) by Nevil Shute

Travels with My Aunt (1969) by Graham Greene

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James

Uncle Silas (1864) by Sheridan Le Fanu

The Uncommon Reader (2007) by Alan Bennett

Vein of Iron (1935) by Ellen Glasgow

Waiting for the Mahatma (1955) by R. K. Narayan

Walking Across Egypt (1997) by Clyde Edgerton

The Warden (1855) by Anthony Trollope

White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith

Wolf Hall (2009) by Hilary Mandel

The Woman in White (1860) by Wilkie Collins


Some might not find these upbeat

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon

Anna's Book (1993) by Barbara Vine

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) by Dinaw Mengestu

Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) by Kate Atkinson

The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Cold Mountain (1997) by Charles Frazier

The Crimson Petal and the White (2002) by Michel Faber

Delta Wedding (1946) by Eudora Welty

The Girls of Slender Means (1963) by Muriel Spark

Hotel du Lac (1984) by Anita Brookner

Housekeeping (1981) by Marilynne Robinson

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) by Julia Alvarez

Jasmine (1989) by Bharati Mukherjee

The Joy Luck Club (1989) by Amy Tan

Moon Tiger (1986) by Penelope Lively

The Moviegoer (1960) by Walker Percy

Queen Lear (1988) by Molly Keane

Ragtime (1976) by E. L. Doctorow

The Risk Pool (1986) by Richard Russo

The Sparrow (1996) by Mary Doria Russell

Sula (1973) by Toni Morrison

A Summons to Memphis (1986) by Peter Taylor

The Towers of Trebizond (1956) by Rose Macaulay

What's Bred in the Bone (1985) by Robertson Davies

White Doves at Morning (2004) by James Lee Burke

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987) by Michael Dorris


Mixed reviews

The Alchemist (1988) by Paulo Coehlo

The Angel of Darkness (1997) by Caleb Carr

The Archivist (1998) by Martha Cooley

At Home in Mitford (1996) by Jan Karon

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers (1986) by Margaret George

The Best of Friends (1995) by Joanna Trollope

Chocolat (1999) by Joanne Harris

A Conspiracy of Paper (2001) by David Liss

The Crimson Petal and the White (2002) by Michel Faber

Death Comes to Pemberley (2011) by P. D. James

1876 (1976) by Gore Vidal

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969) by John Fowles

The Giant's House (1996) by Elizabeth McCracken

The Golden Age (2001) by Gore Vidal

Henry James' Midnight Song (1995) by Carol De Chellis Hill

Hollywood (1990) by Gore Vidal

How to Make an American Quilt (1991) by Whitney Otto

I Am Abraham (2014) by Jerome Charyn

Innocent (2005) by Scott Turow

The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) by Karen Joy Fowler

The Lovely Bones (2002) by Alice Sebold

The Magnificent Spinster (1985) by May Sarton

Mr. Blue (1928) by Myles Connolly

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989) by Allan Gurganus

Open House (2000) by Elizabeth Berg

The Other Boleyn Girl (2003) by Philippa Gregory

Outlander (1992) by Diana Gabaldon

Peace Like a River (2002) by Leif Enger

Putting Away Childish Things (2010) by Marcus Borg

Quite a Year for Plums (1999) by Bailey White

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2003) by Elizabeth Buchan

The Shell Seekers (1987) by Rosamunde Pilcher

Siddhartha (1922) by Hermann Hesse

The Solace of Leaving Early (2002) by Haven Kimmel

The Thorn Birds (1977) by Colleen McCullough

The Time-Traveler's Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger

The Variations (2012) by John Donatich

Welcome to the Great Mysterious (2000) by Lorna Landvik

Where the Heart Is (1995) by Billie Letts

A Woman of Independent Means (1978) by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey


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