Curl up with a good book and a cup of tea! (or cocoa, or coffee!)
Recently I posted a video to my youtube channel with some of my favourite cozy reads for the fall/early winter time when you just want to curl up with a good book and a cup of something wonderful and warm. Here are a few of my top picks from that video – if you are looking for the full list you can check out the video here.
1. Harry Potter
This is the first on the list because it is the most obvious. Harry Potter is the perfect cozy read. It has wonderful characters, and an immersive atmosphere – it’s magic! It is not only a fan favourite, and likely a book you’ve read before, but it is easy to finish in one sitting. Even if you already know how it ends, you’ll be on the edge of your seat.
Plus, every time I read this book I catch new easter eggs and fun things I never saw before.
2. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
I read this wonderful novel back at the end of August and it blew me away. The plot sounded really interesting, but it could have been disasterous had it been executed poorly (cough, cough – this happens way too often), but, oh my, did this book blow me away.
Henry and Flora were great characters, but Love and Death took over the show for me. You don’t get to see them as often, as a reader, but the depth Martha Brockenbroough created within those characters in such a short amount of words has her on my radar.
In terms of coziness, this one is on the list because it is a love story with a lot of kick. Awesome historical aspects and beautiful writing.
3. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This is definitely a December/Christmas read, and one of my favourite ones at that. Between the duel narration (one of my favourite ways to tell a story) and the New York City setting this book pulled me in right away. It reads like a wonderful New York City rollercoaster love story and it will have you laughing-out-loud while holding back dears.
Oh, and did I mention all the The Strand moments? Yeah. Yeah, those.
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This. Book. *swoon*
If you are in university, and still love YA (Yup, that’s me), or if you were, or still are, a huge Harry Potter nerd (Yup, me again), or you like to write stories/fanfiction (Me, again), or you just love a great YA contemporary – this one if for you.
The book boyfriend is to die for. The main character is adorable and relatable. The quirky side-kick is kick-ass and amazing.
Oh, and the whole book is based on a girl who writes fanfiction, and you get to READ IT! Who could ask for more?
5. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
If you are looking to cuddle up with a really quick and engrossing read, this is it.
Not only is this one of the best graphic novels I have ever read in my life, it is amazingly drawn.
This story follows a young girl and her parents through their story. The girl is telling the story to you when she is grown up of how her parents, who come from different planets (literally) and who were meant to kill one another, end up falling in love, and running away from everyone.
Yup, literally everyone wants to kill them and their half-breed daughter.
If you are looking for some more cozy-worthy reads make sure to check out my video! For now, I’m off to curl up under the covers and read.