Your current state of mind can turn a great book into a boring one, or an unappealing book into a fascinating one. Sometimes nothing looks good! To help you, here are some of my favorite stories that you might like—depending what mood you’re in!
Funny, fascinating time travel… Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
In 2025, when you major in history in college, you are required to travel in time to observe your period of study. In this story, Kivrin misses her target by a few years, and lands in the middle of the European plague.
A moral dilemma… A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
Hank and his two feckless friends accidentally find a wrecked small plane and its dead pilot in the woods. They decide not to tell the authorities about the $4.4 million stuffed into a duffel bag. Oh, what a tangled web we weave!
Heartwarming historical fiction… Pied Piper by Neville Shute
When an elderly Englishman takes a holiday in France during WWII, trying to get over his son’s death, he is talked into leading a band of children across the country on foot. They are strafed by German planes during the day, and hide in barns by night.
Nail-biting suspense… Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
A gripping, haunting exploration of love and our need for it, of the damage done when we go long without it, and the deeds we might be driven to in its name. It’s a novel that peers into the lives of three dangerously lost people… and the ominous haven they find when they find each other.
Poignant humor… The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world.
Total creepiness… Under the Skin by Michel Faber
This book is odd, weird, strange, and bizarre. It is also highly disturbing. It begins with a girl named Isserley, driving the Scottish freeways daily to look for hitchhikers.
Quirky but lovable characters… The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
Smithy is a 279-pound, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, 43-year-old misfit who works in a factory putting arms and legs on G.I. Joes. When his parents and only sibling unexpectedly die, he finds peace by riding his bike across the country eating bananas.
Hope you enjoy some of these! We’d love to hear about some of your favorite books!