Top Ten Tuesdays: Up-lit holiday reads

If you’re new to my blog,  welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. It’s held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about.  This week’s topic is about holiday reads, but I went a different way.

Recently thanks to Sam over at WLABB (which seriously go to her blog for great reviews and thoughtful discussion posts) commenting on one of my posts about it being an up-lit, I did a bit of investigating and yes, there are genres you (read me) probably never heard about and up-lit is one of them.

What is up-lit? I like this definition best: that it’s the type of read that leaves you uplifted and optimistic about the world at large. And these days, let’s face it, that can take some doing.

Things change, life changes and so do your reading habits, I guess. This year has not been the best, so I’ve found myself seeking out more uplifting titles than before.

The Little Paris Bookshop

This is a book about moving past a tragedy, and maybe allowing yourself to, and here’s the thing — I don’t actually remember this being a sad book.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

This is the story, a thriller really, of a search for a young girl, and on the surface there’s nothing remotely up-lit like about it. However, there are two characters in it, two fundamentally opposite characters in everything they do … that somehow find their way to each other, past their difference and the things that separate them. And every time I think of this book, that’s what I think of, that’s what I remember most of all.

Loving Vs Virgina

This is a love story; this is about a couple’s fight to marry in the 1950s in the US – when interracial marriage was not allowed.

When Michael Met Mina

Is a love story of two young Australians: Michael, whose parents oppose refugees coming to Australia and Mina is a refugee.

Max Wolfe series

I am behind on this one terribly, but why I have a mystery/ crime series on this is because of Max and his daughter Scout. He’s a single father, a cop in London and as much as the story revolves around his cases, for Max there is only thing that matters: Scout. Every bit of his character is imbued with his love for her, and their parts always make me smile and lifts me a little out of the darkness of the case.

Recipes for love and murder and The Satanic Mechanic 

These two gems (and the third released in September) are just gorgeous. On the surface they are South African cozy mysteries, but Tannie Maria is such a complex, engaging character. She’s a survivor of domestic violence, and she’s found solace in her cooking and her agony aunt column in the local paper. She’s even found love, but her past and her experiences are holding her back in some ways, but… she’s trying. Even as she’s solving murders and the like, she’s facing her demons and trying to find peace.

The Woman Next Door

This is the story of two women set in their ways in South Africa, one black and the other white. It’s about the two of them finding it within themselves to change, though it is the last thing they wanted to do when the book started. Change is always possible — that’s what I think this book makes me think of, and I find that makes it fit up-lit.

That’s all I have for now. I think if I put anything further on this, you’d be reading about titles from my other TTTs, and even I know when it’s time to stop gushing about certain titles. Ahem.


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