Do you ever crave books that make you want to curl up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate? Summer-type weather really hasn’t hit where I live yet, so I keep thinking about books that will keep me entertained on dreary weather days. When I think of cozy reads, I think of books that are perfect for days or time that you can fully dedicate to reading. For me, this varies from rainy days to snow days and nights in. Today, I’ll be discussing books that have made me have all the cozy feels.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
A classic in a Fangirl Fury recommendations post?? Yes, my bookish friends, it’s true! While it took me some time to settle into this story, I Capture the Castle is such an atmospheric read, mostly taking place in a castle!
Talking As Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls by Lauren Graham
I have a love-like relationship with many ‘celebrity’ books and memoirs, but there was just something so inviting about Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast as I Can. I usually find myself just reading the parts I’m interested in, like the Parks & Rec chapter in Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, but I read Talking As Fast as I Can from cover to cover. I’m always recommending it to my Gilmore Girls-loving friends.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
I think there are few things that are cozier than a bookshop, not to mention one in the Scottish Highlands. As Nina runs her bookshop on wheels, she participates in village life -including living in the guesthouse of a very handsome local farmer named Lennox.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Never fear, I will always be shoving this book into every reader’s hands forever recommending TATBILB. I think this series overall is cozy to me because I can see so much of myself in Lara Jean. Not to mention all the cookies involved.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
We Are Okay has the perfect atmosphere for a cozy read, as our main character, Marin, spends her winter break at her upstate NY snowy college. There’s also a ton of exploration about family relationships and friendship. Nina LaCour’s writing style is just so immersive and this book’s shorter length also makes for the perfect binge-read. Its cover also just screams cozy to me.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I think any Rainbow Rowell book can qualify as a cozy read- like Attachments and Fangirl– but I chose Landline because it’s just such a feel good story (although yes, there are some heart breaks).
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I recently came across Jandy Nelson’s Twitter (Penguin Teen recently asked about the color of Always Never Yours’ cover) and I remembered how much I loved I’ll Give You the Sun (and how much I need another Jandy Nelson book!). This book again packs in the feels and is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read. Having Kleenex near by may be another key part of cozy read days…
Lovely War by Julie Berry
I read Lovely War over two nights tucked into bed and it definitely kept me up past my bedtime. Even with four perspectives, this book just feels so intimate. Lovely War also put a bit of a twist on the historical fiction genre, as the book is partially narrated by Aphrodite and other Greek gods.
Have you read any of the above books? What are your cozy read recs? Share in the comments!