Joyce Saricks describes gentle reads as "feel-good books...cheerful, hopeful stories, told from a peaceful, soothing perspective. They project a comfortable sense of well-being." Gentle reads also are limited in their depiction of sex, violence, and shy away from profanity.
- A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman - a heartfelt story about a curmudgeonly man dragged into friendship with neighbors
- The Storied Life of A J Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin - a cantakerous bookseller starts caring for a small child in a story filled with charm and old-fashioned values
- The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George - haunted by heartbreak, a Parisian bookseller works to make peace with his past