A Fond Farewell to Beyond Bestsellers: Up Lit

By Kristi S.

February is coming to an end, and so is our journey into Up Lit. Have you been uplifted this month? I have a definite tendency to read depressing books, so this month I set all of them aside in favor of something more upbeat.

A life-changing quest

After a glowing review from a fellow staff member, I started with The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. This novel follows an older widower who embarks on a surprising journey to uncover the secrets of a charm bracelet left behind by his wife. It was an incredibly sweet and funny story filled with engaging characters and an ultimately hopeful message. Arthur Pepper is a character I loved rooting for. Check out the list below for more options.

Beyond Bestsellers: Up Lit

A whirlwind romance

I continuously find myself bringing the novels of Janette Oke to patrons in my work with Library on Wheels, so I decided to read one myself. The people I visit are always gushing about the sweet romance and engaging descriptions of the Canadian frontier in her novels, and I find myself quite taken with her characters. I read When Calls the Heart and smiled the whole way through. I’ve never seen myself as a romance reader, but I loved getting involved with these character’s lives and seeing their relationship grow. I then decided to binge watch the series on Netflix, and I was not disappointed. The series is perfectly cast, with sweet romance and friendships that make for an excellent escape from the modern world. For similar options, take a look at my Gentle Romance and Faith-Based suggestions.

Beyond Bestellers: Up Lit, Gentle Romance

Beyond Bestsellers: Up Lit, Faith Based Fiction

And a murder most fowl.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: can murder really be uplifting? Technically, I think not. But cozy mysteries are the most upbeat take on the ever popular crime novel, focusing on quirky characters rather than gruesome violence. I chose Gone Gull, purely because the name gave me the giggles. This was my first foray into cozy mysteries, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is the 21st installment in the quirky Meg Langslow Mysteries by Donna Andrews. In this story, Meg deals with vandals, murderers, and local politics, while her grandfather’s obsessive search for a rare gull pins him as the primary suspect. It was fast-paced, humorous, and puzzling. Just what I needed to finish out a month of uplifting reads. My Cozy Mystery list has more suggestions for amateur sleuths.

Beyond Bestsellers: Up Lit, Cozy Mysteries

Thanks for reading along with us this month. We’re taking a break from Beyond Bestsellers to celebrate Prose Bowl in March, but will be back in April to discuss Historical Fiction.

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