I first read this book when I was fourteen and instantly got hooked on the whole Gallagher Girls series. These girls not only kick butt on a daily basis, but the warmth of their friendships made me feel so at home in the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women that it has become a great place to escape to when I need a cosy read. With all its toasty fireplaces, meet cutes, best friend goss sessions, secret tunnel hideaways, and girl on a mission moments, this book makes for the perfect cosy winter read. Plus you can’t help but want to be invited to attend the coolest spy school ever!
My go-to comfort books are rarely historical, I can’t always wrap my head around them – but Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series completely changed my attitude on gothic historicals! I absolutely adore the detailed, often gruesome, descriptions and the uplifting approach to women doing more than what is expected of them. Throw is some witty banter and the added bonus of trying to solve crimes before the characters do and you have yourself a winner! The dark and mysterious setting also makes it the perfect book to pair with a hot drink and a warm rug.
A forever comfort read for me. I fell in love with Mare and her fierce determination from the very first page. There’s nothing better than having a main character that actually wants to be part of the team changing her world! No backing down, no wishy-washy views, no ‘what can I do, I’m just a common girl’ attitudes. It helped that there were cool powers, strong friendships and a cute guy or two. And though the series is now complete, I know it’ll always be on my re-read list.
I enjoy reading fantasy but the thing I really enjoyed about this book was the split world that Karou lived in. She’s a feisty artistic character who lives in a society like our own but at home her world is strange and otherworldly. Like me, even she didn’t know at first just how magical her life would become. The blend of recognisable reality with fantasy made this book so enjoyable. I related to her humanity and delighted in her magical. It’s a brilliant start to an amazing YA fantasy trilogy.
I can hear you all judging me and my sparkly ways but I don’t care. I re-read this book once a year and what better time than winter to snuggle up and fall in love with Edward Cullen all over again?
I’m a sucker for contemporary romances and when they’re mixed with my favourite coffee franchise (not sponsored) I fall completely in love! The bed socks are on, my teen pop Spotify playlist is blasting and I’m head over heels for this meet cute.
Okay what’s cosy about a dystopic vision of post-apocalyptic future (that sentence was so year 12 English)? Is it because I fantasize about having free reign on an uninhabited earth and how I would live in a treehouse and befriend the animals and toucans would bring me refreshing and tropical fruit drinks whenever I felt like them? Wait, that’s not what happens in The 100, you say? There’s radiation? I think I base it off that central idea of cosiness - being aware or being able to see another place that is not cosy and feeling even better about where you are at that moment, like looking out a window during a storm. Is there a name for this feeling? There probably is one of those wonderful ones from another language. Someone let me know.
What better to keep you cosy than a book about people with Fire powers? This is book two in a series, the first being the addictive Frostblood. If you’re worried about being too chilly, don’t! Our main character Ruby has serious fire power, as well as a being tough as nails with sass to boot. The only cold thing is the piercing blue stare of Arcus, the exiled Frostblood warrior. I promise it’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy though.
This book brings two of my FAVOURITE things together: a unique fantasy world, and an ensemble heist! The perfect escape on any dreary day. You’ll fall in love with Kaz Brekker, criminal prodigy, orphan and total babe living in the Dickensian city of Ketterdam. Inej, kidnapped slave turned expert spy. Jasper, the sassy sharpshooter and Wylan, the innocent young demolition expert. Add in Matthias, the foreign brooding soldier and Nina, the charming and magical heartrender: You will not want to leave them when you reach the last page. And you won’t have to, there’s a book two called Crooked Kingdom.
ALL THE EMOTIONS! So you have one day you live your best life, I’m stressed at the thought.
We see a lot of stories around high school - the bullies vs. everyone else, this book helps us get a bit of a different look at this world. So why is it a cosy read? I love that we get to delve really deep into Sam’s life and how much our daily actions can really impact on others around us and Sam really gets a chunk of time to go over all of this and I found that idea a bit cosy and comforting. Before I Fall gripped me and didn’t let go.
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