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Relaxing Reads

What makes a book a “relaxing read”?  For this list, we’ve tried to indicate authors and titles that feature leisurely-paced, heart-warming stories. Family and friendship – and all the humor, sadness and just plain everyday drama they entail – is often a major theme. Some also may include elements of the Mystery, Romance or Inspirational genres. For those times when you’re just looking for a plain old “good story” try one of these! 

Some authors whose works usually fall into this category include:

Maeve Binchy

Sarah Bird

Jennifer ChiaveriniElm Creek Quilts series

Barbara Delinsky

Fannie Flagg

Dorothea Benton Frank

Philip Gulley

Jan Karon

Thomas Kinkade

Debbie Macomber

Joan A. Medlicott

Mary Alice Monroe

Emilie Richards

Haywood Smith

Nicholas Sparks

Joanna Trollope

Marcia Willett

Miss Read


Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen

Save the Date
Mary Kay Andrews

Queen Sugar
Natalie Baszile

The Lost Art of Mixing
Erica Bauermeister

Tapestry of Fortunes
Elizabeth Berg

The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee
Carolyn Brown

The Last First Day
Carrie Brown

Sandra Brown

Necessary Lies
Diane Chamberlain

The Wednesday Sisters
Meg Waite Clayton

Love Saves the Day
Gwen Cooper

Whistling Past the Graveyard
Susan Crandall

Falling Together
Marisa De Los Santos

The Walk*
Richard Paul Evans

The Lost Sisterhood
Anne Fortier

Gail Godwin

Sycamore Row*
John Grisham

Fly Away
Kristin Hannah

The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach

Beautiful Day
Elin Hilderbrand

Looking for Me
Beth Hoffman

Two Sisters
Mary Hogan

Anna Hope

Someone Else’s Love Story
Joshilyn Jackson

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce

The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd

Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver

Made in the U.S.A.
Billie Letts

The Forever Girl
Alexander McCall Smith

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
Edward Kelsey Moore

What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty

Me Before You
Jojo Moyes

Pioneer Girl

Bich Minh Nguyen

The All You Can Dream Buffet
Barbara O’Neal

The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek
Jane Myers Perrine

The Lemon Orchard
Luanne Rice

Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover
Ann B. Ross

Island Girls
Nancy Thayer

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Wendy Wax

Blind Your Ponies
Stanley Gordon West

The Beach Trees
Karen White

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin



* part of a series

Updated 05/14   LBF