For those of you who don’t know me, I love anything cosy. Cosy jumpers. Anything pumpkin. Cosy cardigans. Comfort food. Cosy blankets. Cosy films. Warm drinks. Gilmore Girls. Anything comfy and cosy. I have certain books that I return to every year that give me the same cosy vibe, so I thought it would be a good chance today to go over some of my favourite cosy reads!
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
The Ex Hex is the perfect cosy book for this time of year! It is a small town, small cast, witchy read. Nine years before the novel takes place, Vivi is heartbroken. She drinks some vodka and then places a hex on her ex boyfriend. She isn’t a very good witch, so doesn’t think that it even worked. That is until her ex boyfriend returns to the town, and everything starts going wrong… It is such a fun book that has Halloweentown vibes whilst also having an amazing romance too!
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
This series for me is always going to be a cosy, comfort read! Returning to these books and these characters always feels like a big hug. When I first read them, I wasn’t in to reading and it was what really kickstarted my love for reading. So, I think for that reason it will always feel like a cosy read to me.
Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I read this whole series last July. I don’t normally associate books that I read in the summer as cosy reads, but these books just have this vibe! The cast of character is incredible, and there is something about them that makes you feel safe and warm. Talia Hibbert’s writing style also has this way of making you feel like you are right there with the characters to and for that reason, it feels cosy to me.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Hunted was one of my last reads of 2020, and I absolutely adored it. It quickly became one of my favourite reads and I was stunned after reading it. There was something about the dark and gloomy, yet snowy and sparkly setting that just screamed cosying up next to a campfire during a snow storm. I know this is very specific, yet very vague at the same time, but we are just going off vibes here!
When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher
When I read When the Curtin Falls, I was in a huge reading slump and I hadn’t been able to read a book in a physical format for years. I remember that it was the ultimate reading experience when I read this one – it was during lockdown, so I could sit and read all evening and didn’t need to worry about any plans, I had a big cosy jumper on, a hot water bottle and endless cups of tea. Perfect reading conditions!
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This is a big of a weird one to include on this list, but I feel like it is acceptable because it is one of those books I reach for when I need a good cry. Sometimes, you do just need to cry it out with a good book and a good cast of characters, and with the knowledge that everything ill work out and everything will be okay.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
This has been my favourite book for so long, because when I read it when I was in school, it was such a comfort for me. The story is kind of told in two timelines. It starts off with this man in a care home, recounting his old life when he was travelling with the circus. There is something really comforting about somebody telling you the story, as well as you reading along with what is happening too.
The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
Moving on to a couple of Christmas books now, because there is nothing cosier than Christmas books! The Holiday Swap is one of my favourite Christmas books! It follows two sisters who are both bakers. One is in LA working on a TV show and the other is in their hometown looking after the family bakery. They are both a bit stuck in their lives at the moment. Then the one in LA loses her sense of smell and taste; which then leads to the two twin swapping places. It is a huge Christmas, baking, Parent Trap, mess, but it is so much fun!
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Let is Snow takes place on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm, and honestly what gets cosier than that? What I love about this book is that it is a combination of three authors, all telling their stories with their characters and they all mingle with each other and meet up in some way. It is a lot of fun, an I can’t wait to return to it this year to get me ready for Christmas!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Similar to The Mortal Instruments, this book series is just like a huge hug for me! The cast of characters is what makes this story for me. Sarah J Maas has such a huge talent for writing friendship groups/families and it always makes me feel warm and happy. Also, the setting with this book series being mostly set in the snow and the mountains is also just so cosy… if you ignore the blood, the gore and the war!
I am so sorry for the amount of times I have said cosy in this post… But, if you have any cosy book recommendations, let me know! I am always looking for these kind of books!