The Best Wholesome Books For Adults

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This article showcases our top picks for Wholesome Books For Adults. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

SLOW BIRDING By Joan E. Strassmann

This product was recommended by Rachel Dugan from Penguin Random House

SLOW BIRIDING tells colorful stories of the most common birds to be found in the United States-birds we often see but might not have considered deeply before. Far from stuffy, this easy-entry to birding is full of fun facts and activities about these surprising and fascinating backyard birds. For anyone looking for a digital detox, or simply looking for more excitement on their daily walks, SLOW BIRDING will help you slow down and notice the wonder of the nature around you.

Before The Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This product was recommended by Sonia Singh from Brewing Writer

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi revolves around a little cafe in Tokyo that offers its customers the experience of traveling back in time. However, there are a handful of rules you must follow or you’ll have to face the consequences. One of the rules is that you must drink the coffee before it gets cold in order to return to the present, hence the title of the book. This is a short, quick wholesome read that is separated into four stories. Kawaguchi brilliantly weaves these chapters and invites readers to follow the adventures of four people who desire a second chance at a crucial conversation in their lives. This wholesome read is great for adults who are caught up with their day-to-day routine because it reminds us the importance of relationships we form in our lifetime and teaches us to embrace the present.

How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie

This product was recommended by James Cutajar from The Travel Deck

How to Win Friends and Influence People was written as a guide book for Dale Carnegie (the author) during the seminars he offered and that were aimed at helping people who wanted to learn the topic of self-confidence when interacting with others. The book is about human behaviour that was the same back then as it is today. However certain aspects such as events or characters mentioned have been updated to make the topic more relevant.

Never eat Alone By Keith Ferrazzi

This product was recommended by Rosi ross from A lifestyle blog by Rosi Ross

This is a “to-do” kind of book. You can learn from Keith’s experience as a successful entrepreneur, author, and consultant. In his book Never Eat Alone, he teaches us how to approach those who have something we want—guidance, mentorship, advice, or just someone who can share our ideas with. His advice is simple: be yourself and do it with passion. He’ll also teach you how to: Approach someone who could be an interviewee or your next mentor. Make a good impression without making it awkward. Get past all of the annoying small talks and get right down to the business of connecting with the right people. This is a book for practitioners and doers, if you are thinking of a person that links to practice what you read or learn by example this is the right book to add to your shelf. It has helped my career in a big way and I am sure it will help yours too.

Me Power By LaNysha T. Adams

This product was recommended by Lizz Wangui from Edlinguist Solutions

Empowerment has pretty much become a meaningless buzzword, a seal of approval slapped onto anything we can think of, and is a concept that is incomplete without a clear definition. Me Power presents a new definition of empowerment based on an evolving knowledge of self. It is not something that is given to you, but rather it is a way of being in the world. Me Power is a call to action that urges us to unlock our limitless power of positive change.

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

This product was recommended by Saurav Ahuja from ExcelTrick

This is the most wholesome and heartwarming book I have ever read. The reader of A Man Called Ove gets the satisfaction of witnessing Ove’s cynical façade soften as he reluctantly gets to know his neighbors and gets active in community activities following the death of his wife. To read this book is to prepare to experience a whole range of emotions.

Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

This product was recommended by Saurav Ahuja from ExcelTrick

For a wholesome read on a cozy weekend, you cannot miss reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Every introvert who has ever fought against leaving their safe space can relate to this coming-of-age tale. It’s so relatable to my own experiences with love that every time Cath falls for her crush and realizes her mistake, I end up in floods of tears. Both sadness and happiness are packed into the story’s final moments.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die By Chip and Dan Heath

This product was recommended by Andrew Chen from Videeo

Made to Stick is a timely book on how to communicate effectively. This book is full to the brim with extensive research and case studies on what makes communication memorable and life-changing. This is an excellent read for adults of all ages because it puts into perspective the value in effective communication, which is an essential and non-negotiable aspect of life. Made to Stick will transform the way to communicate, and help you better influence your engagement and interactions with others to foster trust and understanding.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous By Ocean Vuong

This product was recommended by Lessie Blue from Lessie Blue Photography

This debut work by Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong is written as a letter to a mother who cannot read. I cannot express in words how overwhelmed I was after reading it. The novel deftly navigates complex themes like racism, classism, and the construction of masculinity, and it has lines that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

Normal People By Sally Rooney

This product was recommended by Lessie Blue from Lessie Blue Photography

Both Normal People and Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends (2017), are fantastic reads if you want novels with witty, caustic dialogue and stories about realistic, complicated relationships.

A Home Within the Wilderness By Laura Hartley

This product was recommended by Laura Hartley from Wilderness Books

Laura is an indie author from Katy, Texas who writes wholesome romance novels for women who want guilt-free, feel good entertainment that also inspires them to see the good all around them. Readers who need a good laugh and cry will love her books.

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