100 Clean Books that are Still Worth the Read

Sometimes it is difficult finding a good, clean read that still has an interesting, adult plot and keeps you engaged for hundreds of pages. Here are a few of my all time, well-written favorites that I don’t hesitate recommending to even my most conservative friends!

Please note: These are not necessarily for kids or squeaky clean. There are adult themes, heart-breaking situations, some language and romance, but nothing gratuitous that doesn’t doesn’t further the theme and overall important message of the story. I realize we all have a different tolerance. I did my best here, but I do understand that some may still walk the line for certain readers. 

I LOVED all of these books. Click on each title below to read a summary and see if it is what you are in the mood for, or feel free to ask a question or leave other favorites in the comments! Who doesn’t love book recommendations?

One side note, I cannot even express how much I love reading on my Kindle Paper White (no, this is not sponsored!). No glare, doesn’t hurt my eyes or feel like I am reading from a screen, and no notifications or other distractions…plus perfect for travel.  You can share a kindle account with 8 people, which makes the book costs a little more doable! If you are a reader, you will love it! Now, on to my favorites.



(great for Book Club)

The Great Alone

Orphan Train (this one is a bit on the line. If you are very conservative or sensitive, skip it.)

The Orphan Keeper

Lilac Girls 

America’s First Daughter 

The Nightingale

Before We Were Yours

The Light Between Oceans 

The Help by [Stockett, Kathryn]

The Help

Pope Joan

A Thousand Splendid Suns

And a few more for your list….

Sarah *  All the Light we Cannot See  * These is My Words * The Boys in the Boat  * The Book ThiefSara’s Key  * The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet * The Forgotten Garden * Half Broke Horses * The Power of One * The Magic of Ordinary Days * The Rent Collector * Cry, the Beloved Country * The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  * The Chosen * My Sister’s Keeper * A Separate Peace * The Giver  * The Secret Life of Bees * The Poisonwood Bible  * The Invention of Wings * The Winter Sea * Still AliceI Capture the Castle * The Alchemist * Once We Were BrothersThe 80 Dollar Champion * My Name is Resolute

Non-Fiction and Memoirs that Make You Think and Won’t Put You to Sleep

(also great for book club!)


Daring Greatly

Just Mercy

I Like Me Anyway: Embracing Imperfection, Connection & Christ

When Breath Becomes Air

The Glass Castle

Shoe Dog

First They Killed My Father

I Am Malala

Left To Tell

Bread and Wine

And a few more for your list….

Elizabeth Smart: My Story * Being Mortal * Carry On, Warrior * A Million Miles in a Thousand Years  * Life in a Jar * Unbroken * Girl Wash Your Face * 10 Great Souls I Want to meet in Heaven * A Simple Act of Gratitude * Heaven is Here * Outliers: The Story of Success * Nurture Shock * Beautiful Boy * Mountains Beyond Mountains * Night * The Last Lecture * The Hiding Place * Boys Adrift  * The Year of Living Danishly* The Boys in the Boat * Essentialism * An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing after Sandy Hook *


Just for Fun: A Little Lighter, Beach Reads and Chic-Lit



A Man Called Ove

Whistling In the Dark

Lizzy and Jane

Prayers for Sale

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Lucia, Lucia

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

Dandelion Summer

The Goose Girl

Open Road Summer * Blackmoore * When I Found You * The Mark of Royalty * Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen * The Actor and the Housewife * Very Valentine * The Truth about Forever * Garlic and Sapphires * Life Just Got Real * The Secret Journal of Brett Colton * Christmas Jars * The Book of A Thousand Days * The Samurai’s Garden * The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio * Secrets of a Charmed Life * The Wednesday Letters *  Counting By 7s * Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

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