‘Up Lit’ is a literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels focus on kinder, gentler human connections, but have an element that preserves realism. They do not shy away from dark themes or real-life issues, they just preserve an element of hope.
A recent comment on my blog spurred me to revisit the increasingly popular “UpLit” genre of fiction. Back in April of 2018 I did a post on UpLit. Since the worldwide Covid pandemic many readers are turning to UpLit more and more.
I thought I’d provide a brief list of titles that fit in the ‘UpLit’ genre for those who are looking for kindness and hope in fiction. This list is by no means inclusive, but just a small scattering of what is available. Enjoy!
“The Art Of Arranging Flowers” by Lynne Branard
“Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You” by Annie Lyons
“Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes
“The Keeper Of Stories” by Sally Page
“The Lido” by Libby Page
“Little Beach Street Bakery” by Jenny Colgan
“The Littlest Library” by Poppy Alexander
“The Love Story of Missy Carmichael” by Beth Morrey
“Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance” by Frances Maynard
“Soft In The Head” by Marie-Sabine Roger
“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg
“The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin