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  • The Book Thief is surprisingly slice of life, considering where it takes place.
  • Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Not so much the Sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • Ulysses: A slice of life cooked so rare the blood is still pumping.
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of books and also the Scotland Street series, both by Alexander McCall Smith, use this.
  • ATLStoriesfromtheRetrofuture on its face may be about solving mysteries and fighting evil AI, but it also has entire chapters focusing on the joys of shopping for clothes, hanging out with your friends after work, and navigating the automated food court robots at the mall. Despite the plot, there is a considerable amount of focus on the tiny details of everyday life in a retrofuture world.
  • A lot of children's books are like this. They may have titles like The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks or Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear, but in the end, they're mostly stories about everyday life happenings, with whatever the title is about in the background as a recurring element, but not necessarily the dominant one.
    • For example, Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear is really about the everyday life of a girl who happens to have a bratty older sister. Some chapters don't mention the older sister at all, though she's still the main conflict in the story, just not the only one.
    • Operation Dump The Chump is about a boy who wants to get rid of his younger brother by pulling schemes like trying to convince a neighbor to adopt him, and things like that. Most of the story is really just about his life and plays out like a series of anecdotes that happen to involve him and his brother.
    • Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade has the underlying plot of a morbidly obese girl who wants to be accepted, and the main character, who gradually comes to accept her, and tries to get others to do the same. But the book is just as much about everyday fifth-grade life portrayed realistically and in a fun way, with the totally random hitchhiking scene out of nowhere.
  • Paula Danziger's fiction.
    • The Amber Brown books are the day-to-day adventures of a young girl who goes to school and has to deal with family, friend and general life problems, which include her parents' divorce, her best friend moving away, and having trouble with school standardized testing.
  • Adrian Mole: slice of British early-teen-to-forties life.
  • Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr is about a Puerto Rican preteen, the eponymous Nilda, living in Manhattan during World War II.
  • Bridge to Terabithia stars two children and their made-of-imagination kingdom and the trials and tribulations of daily schoolkid life.
  • The Anne of Green Gables series is a classical example: a slice of the life of a woman with writing ambitions (and, in later books, also those of her children and acquaintances) in the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Ramona Quimby is slice of elementary school life. The books take place in different years in grade school, from kindergarten to fourth, but all capture that year of life excellently while being very light-hearted.
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  • Despite the horrific murder that kicks of the plot, Boy's Life is mainly about Cory's life in his hometown of Zephyr.
  • Naive Super is a pretty purebred example.
  • Subverted in P. G. Wodehouse short story A Slice of Life. The narrator tells a story about his brother's experiences (an adventure including a Damsel in Distress, a Dastardly Whiplash, and a dash of Mad Science) to show that such tropes occur a lot more commonly in daily life than people think.
  • Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small quartet. Despite the fact that it's about a girl becoming a knight in a fantasy medieval world, there's essentially no overarching plot except for in the final book of the series.
  • Stuck juxtaposes this together with the oddities rampant within Tre's life in Greyson City, which provides a lot of the humor in the first and second episodes.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan.
  • The Babysitters Club: Slice of babysitters' life.
  • Enid Blyton's The Children Of Cherry Tree Farm.
  • R.H. Barlow's The Night Ocean is a slice-of-life story set in H. P. Lovecraft's uncaring cosmos.
  • The Milly Molly Mandy stories.
  • Browns Pine Ridge Stories: In this particular case, a slice of life of a boy/young man growing up in rural southern Georgia during The ’50s and The '60s.
  • Enid Blyton's Noddy books follows the life of a wooden boy who lives in Toy Town.
  • Any of the Busy Town books by Richard Scarry
  • Alien in a Small Town is a rare science fiction example, concerned more than anything else with everyday life in its setting, a Pennsylvania Dutch community some centuries in The Future.
  • The clementine series is the day-to-day adventures of a third-grade girl named Clementine who deals with issues such as a spat with her best friend, getting sent to the principal's office, losing her kitten and worrying about bossy fourth graders during a school field trip.
  • Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama books and the Animated Adaptation are about day-to-day issues of childhood, such as separation anxiety during a first day of school, dealing with a bully, or struggling with sharing toys.
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible tells of a totally average week for mad supervillain Dr. Impossible. There is a plot, but it’s just a typical supervillain scheme of the sort that Impossible has carried out hundreds of times; the real focus is on the character interactions and showing all the complexities behind super-heroism/villainy.
  • Very long sections of War and Peace consist of very little actually happening. The novel is about the small details of its characters' lives.
  • America Is Not the Heart is largely about a Filipino extended family and their friends going about daily life as they adjust to the Bay Area in California, as well as flashbacks from when most of them were back in the Philippines.
  • Although the Mouse Math books do teach math concepts, most of the basic stories about slice of life stuff such as going to school, making snacks, cleaning up a messy room, etc.
  • The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul follows the lives of a group of friends in Kabul, Afghanistan. It includes holidays, culture clashes, and dealing with fears.
  • The Winnie Years: The books follow the everyday life of a preteen/teen girl as she deals with ordinary issues involving friends, family, boys, and growing up.


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