It’s currently snowing and you know what? Watching the flakes drift down, inhaling the steam from my spicy orange tea, it’s the perfect time for a cozy read. Yes, please. These ten books are all tried and tested favorites. They usually only come out when life is sucking major donkey balls, I’m sick, or it’s a snowy day like today. I can guarantee you that after creating this list I’m going to sit down with one or five of them for a re-read.
1. THUD! Terry Pratchett. What isn’t cozy about an intimate and piercingly funny examination of racism and entrenched bigoted thinking being brought down in rioting pieces by our own Captain Sir Samuel Vimes?
2. The Circle of Magic series, Tamora Pierce, but specifically The Will of the Empress when grown up Daja, Tris, Sandry and Briar kick some Imperial ass. Yas, honeys, get it.
3. ‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King. No matter how bad some of my days can get, at least I’m not crawling into a booby-trapped basement packed full of bloodthirsty vampires, okay? This book helps me remember that it could always get worse and oddly enough that makes me feel better.
4. Harry Potter, JK Rowling. If we’re talking comfort reads I like the Chamber of Secrets. “Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies?”
5. Matilda, Roald Dahl. Matilda is me, only with nasty parents and a crazy Headmistress out for blood. And a mystery to solve. And also those telekinetic powers. She’s a bookworm, is what I’m saying.
6. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien. In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. And there’s something so wonderfully comfortable about this old-fashioned, sweet adventure.
7. The Hating Game, Sally Thorne. All the squishy, squirmy feels. This book is so good. It immediately earned its spot on my favorite re-reads shelf the very first time I read it.
8. The Governess Game, Tessa Dare. Funny, fluffy, brain candy. Perfection on a cold, snowy day. I just love Dare’s silly humor and sassy heroines.
9. When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James. The hero (Piers) is based on Dr. Gregory House and is just as rude as that jerk, and really what more do you need to know? Linnet knocks him on his grumpy ass from their very first meeting.
“’I didn’t realize you needed a response. When Hamlet is giving a monologue, he just goes on and on by himself,’ she said.”
10. Demon from the Dark, Kresley Cole. Or really any book from the Immortals After Dark series. Yummy, angsty, sexy goodness in crazy-sauce with a side of paranormal.
“He’d swiftly collected those monsters’ heads, tying them together with a piece of the rope she’d hoped never to see again, then strung them over his shoulder. Periodically, he offered his catch to her.
“No, no, I have a pair just like them at home,” she’d said. “I would just regift them.” –Kresley Cole