I was thinking about two (fairly) recent books I've read: Educated and Where the Crawdads Sing (book review here) and realized the similarities between them.
Both were inspiring stories of strong, intelligent women who had suffered simply awful childhoods, one through physical and psychological abuse by her family and the other through neglect and abandonment. These women succeeded in rising above their horrific early years to build a successful life and make solid contributions to society. Their stories were totally engaging; they were the kind of books you wanted to read in one sitting because you couldn't bear to put them down.
Both books spent long periods on best seller lists, so I am not the only one who found them so captivating. Fascinating that they were both published in the same year. I wonder if, if these dystopian times, there is a heightened appetite for uplifting tales.