7 cozy book recommendations from this year (so far)

Friends, I’m back. Yikes, I feel like I say it every time. I’m sorry for dropping off the face of the earth so often, but as long as I keep coming back, I count that as a win.

It’s all thanks to you guys, who don’t stop commenting even though I haven’t posted in months. When a new comment shows up in my inbox, I always get a hankering to come back. And sooner or later, I always do. So thank you!

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Let’s talk books today. Ever have one of those years where it’s pulling teeth just to read a few good ones? Either the world is LYING to me about good books, or I’ve lost my touch. I prefer to think it’s the former.

Disclaimer, when things get boring, what does little ol’ me do? Pick up kids books. Heh. No surprise there.So you’ll see an unheathly amount of kids books on this list although I threw in some adult picks for good measure. I’m not crazy, y’all. Remember that I’ve read 40+ books this year so far. These eight are only a fraction.

So let’s get into the books. The criteria: cozy, sweet, and guaranteed to pull you out of a reading slump…

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

*coughs* Did I say “sweet”? Meet the one exception. It meets the other criteria though, I promise. Although, I’ll admit, that depends on your definition of cozy.

If cozy to you means sea breezes, a large cast of messed up folks, creepy stairways, and a murderer who has fun turning his victims into crazy people…

I won’t judge. It will pull you out of a reading slump, anyway, if nothing else.

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Once again, I’m in awe of L’Engle’s writing. A Wind is book 2 in the Winkle in Time series.

Warning that this book is slow and sometimes challenging to keep engaged with. Not one to read during a reading slump (the one exception on this list). Getting through it is worth the struggle, however.

I would read it again just for the Fall vibes. *heart eyes*

Ester Ried by Pansy (aka Isabella Alden)

One of my ultimate cozy books that I reread for the fourth or fifth time. It’s a little known classic that deserves some love. Lots of beautiful truths about the Christian life and delightful humor.

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Kathrine Woodfine

Two Edwardian girls who work in a dazzling new department store set out to solve the mystery of stolen jewels and a shooting. All while sipping tea and munching scones.

I loved this, my foray into modern middle-grade mystery. Lots of British humor and fun. Try to get the audiobook. The narrator’s accent adds a dose of sophistication to the story.

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

If you grew up reading Little House on the Prairie, but never read Caddie, then you’re in for a treat. Carol Ryrie Brink knows how to write delightful yet human characters. Plus there is a beautiful lesson about a woman’s place in the family, which I appreciated so, so much.

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Gah, this book! I’m a massive PRG fan so I think all her books are marvelous but THIS BOOK. *sigh* Perfection. Tough foster kid who wants a family and will do anything (or nothing) to get one? You’ll have to read it to find out what that means.

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

The children’s classic that I wasn’t sure if I liked the first time so I’m reading again…

Thoroughly enjoying it so far, however. It’s got all the requirements for a cozy read…a mystery, a train, hilarious British characters, feasting, probably the best mother character in literature.

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Who knows what I’ll be posting about next time. But I’ve done a fair about of re-reads and non-fiction this year, so maybe one of those categories.

Have joy in Christ!

Eliza

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