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My Favorite Comfort Reads (ft. Great Romances and Excellent Friendship)

As a bookworm, I tend to turn to reading when I’m feeling sad, stressed, or any other negative emotion.

Of course, I do love venting and talking to friends and family, but after that (or alternatively) it’s so lovely to be able to open op one of my comfort reads, and get lost inside the story.

Our world is, quite frankly, a shit show right now, and I know I’m not the only one to stress and worry about the corona virus, and the way it is affecting the world. Because these books and series have long served as a balm to my heart, I wanted to share them with those who are in need of a good comfort read. πŸ’œ

Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh

Psy-Changeling is a paranormal romance series, with a few sci-fi elements thrown in. It centers around the psy, a group of paranormal beings who have all kinds of powers, and the changelings, who are shapeshifters.

Each book features different main characters, so re-reading works out of order, which means that some of these novels I’ve read around ten (!) times. (Actually, I’m currently rereading one of them, haha.) That may sound like too much, but believe me, these books deserve love and appreciation 1000%.


My Thoughts

πŸ’œ The world building is so so SO good! Even after 15+ novels Nalini Singh is able to treat her readers to quality surprises and show deeper and deeper layers of the already extensive world. I’ve never encountered another series of such length that consistently delivers great content, and reveals new and new things.

πŸ’œ As mentioned above, each novel features new characters – with the exception of the 15th, which treats us to another look into the lives of multiple characters from the series – and these characters are always well-written and fascinating to read about. I’ll admit that not everyone became a favorite, but with so many characters that’d be an impossible thing to ask of Singh. Each protagonist shows unique personal traits and has their own unique problems to deal with and challenges to overcome, so every reader can find their favorites in the series.

πŸ’œ This being a romance series, I do have to highlight that the romance is swoon-worthy and well-written every. single. time. Similarly to the characters, I believe there’s something for everyone in the series, and I’d love to hear which book(s), character(s) and couple(s) were your favorite if you have read the series!

Books by Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan and Lisa Kleypas

The holy trinity of historical romance authors in my eyes right now! They are such massive favorites of mine and they have written some of my favorite romances. What they have in common is that neither writes overly dramatic, or angsty romances – rather, they concentrate on the character and relationship development of their protagonists.

Note that there is anything wrong with drama-filled, ansgty books! They just aren’t my cup of tea, especially right now.

There are some heartbreaking and/or nerve-wrecking scenes in most of their novels, but the conflicts are resolved relatively fast and well. On top of that, their novels tend to concentrate on family and friendship just as much as on the romance, which is another great thing.

πŸ’œ Series by Tessa Dare: Girl Meets Duke, Castles Ever After, and Spindle Cove

πŸ’œ Series by Courtney Milan: Brothers Sinister, Turner, The Worth Saga, and Cyclone*

πŸ’œ Series by Lisa Kleypas: Wallflowers, The Hathaways, and The Ravenels

*Cycline is an on-going contemporary series.

Books by Helen Hoang, Alyssa Cole and Talia Hibbert

If the aforementioned three are the holy trinity of historical romance novels, Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole and Helen Hoang are the holy trinity of contemporary romance. Their works are so entertaining and despite having the tendency to punch me in the feels, they still make me so damn happy! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to reread my favorite scenes written by these three because they always manage to make me smile. Definite stress-relivers, I tell you.

πŸ’œ I’ve written a comprehensive post about Talia Hibbert, that features info about her works, and explains all the reasons why I love her writing – check it out HERE.

πŸ’œ As of right now, Helen Hoang has two novels published, The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, both of which appear next to the word “excellence” in the dictionary. Ruzi and I have discussed The Bride Test HERE.

πŸ’œ Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals is one of my top favorite contemporary series, and yes, I’ve written a whole post about it, which you can see HERE.

YA Novels with My Favorite Squads

I don’t know about you, but great friend groups make me so darn happy! Rereading novels, fantasy, contemporary or anything else that excel in this aspect always puts me in a good mood. Actually, a lot of (if not all!) novels mentioned previously in this post have excellent friendships in them, so this is 1000% something that makes any book better for me.

A few examples I can always reach for:

πŸ’œ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
πŸ’œ Want by Cindy Pon (sci-fi, dytopian)
πŸ’œ The Diviners by Libba Bray (historical fantasy, paranormal)
πŸ’œ Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong (fantasy, paranormal)
πŸ’œ Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Honestly, I could go on and on and on about why I adore each of these novels/series, so if you want to know more, just hit me up via twitter. But, sadly, this post is already far longer than I anticipated, so I have to cut myself off, which is HARD when talking about my faves.

Let’s chat!

Do you believe in comfort reads – i.e. can books comfort you? Do you have your own list of comfort reads? What books are on it? Have you read anything I mentioned? Share, share!

29 thoughts on “My Favorite Comfort Reads (ft. Great Romances and Excellent Friendship)

  1. Really needed a post like this πŸ’.
    I’ve never read anything by Nalini Singh, but I’ve heard such good things about her books! And Helen Hoang! I need to read The Kiss Quotient!
    I definitely believe in comfort reads! It’s nice to come back to a book and think, β€œthis feels right” πŸ˜…. But, I also don’t reread books as much as I used to. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde used to be the only book I would reread in middle and high school, until I read The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 😍.
    Hope you’re safe and well, Veronika πŸ™‚!

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    1. Ahh, I’m so happy you found the post useful! πŸ™‚
      Nalini Singh is an INCREDIBLE writer, I adore her characters and stories, and the world building of Psy-Changeling is so vivid and interesting. Highly recommended. (Also, let me know if you ever read her! I’ve made a couple of my friends start the series, but I still get so excited when I can discuss it with others, haha.)
      I love The Final Empire!! I need to read more by Sanderson – I finished the trilogy but then haven’t read anything else by him.
      Hope you’re safe and well, too. πŸ™‚

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  2. ooh love love this post! I think we all need some comfort reads rn and The Duchess Deal looks sooo good! *adds to tbr* Great list πŸ™‚

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  3. These are such great recommendations! I think I’m going to be reaching for a lot of romance these days, just for something to cheer me up, and I’ll definitely be keeping these ones in mind (I loved Chloe Brown!). And I absolutely agree that reading about friendship groups is so nice and uplifting πŸ˜€ I also love Six of Crows, and Want is high on my TBR! Thanks for these recommendations!! ❀

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  4. Ahh what a lovely, and much, much needed post, thank you so much for sharing it ❀ I'm so happy to say The Kiss Quotient is on my physical TBR already, I'm excited to read it now! πŸ™‚ and yes yes to the group of friendships, there's something about a great squad in my books that make me so, so happy. I can't wait to read Want, that book has been on my TBR since… forever, ahah πŸ™‚

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  5. This is such a great post idea for right now. I have been sent home from my study abroad program and now I have a lot of time to catch up on reading and will certainly be looking into these books!

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    1. Thank you! Unis switched to online study here, and because they don’t have the experience or the technology, mine just sends notes, assignments, recordings, which is a lot less taxing than actually attending uni, haha. So I relate to the free time!

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  6. ugh comfort reads are a MUST right now while the world is up in flames. i literally cannot focus on big, detailed books right now, i just need happiness and escapism

    i’ve heard so much great things about tessa dare’s books. I havent really read any regency romances but you’re selling me on the character and relationship development. i think i might have to give her books a go!

    HELEN HOANG!!! ugh i need MORE of her books, i loved the kiss quotient and the bride test, they both made me SO HAPPY and the family aspects were just Precious

    SQUADS!!! give me a squad and i am happy. omg foolish hearts!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί emma mills and her contemporaries, truly the best gift we have. i want to read the diviners so badly, i hear the squad is absolutely amazing and it sounds like something that is going to hurtttt.

    this is such an awesome post, thank you for all the recommendations!!

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    1. Same! I do have to read some books for uni and I *had to* read the new Diviners book because I was so excited, but other than those? Gimmie all the romance and soft books!! (Also, I can now confirm that yes, the final Diviners novel HURTS – and so does the third, tbh.)

      Tessa Dare’s books are SO ENTERTAINING, oh my god, you need to read them!! It’s funny because her Castles Ever After series was my introduction to historical romance, so I can attest that she is a good choice to get introduced to the genre.

      I need more by Hoang!! She is incredible.

      Thank you! I’m so happy you found it helpful. πŸ˜€

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  7. An Emma Mills book always leaves me happy! I am all about the contemporary romance trio you featured as well. Oddly enough, I elected to do happy books for TTT tomorrow, and obviously, Emma Mills is featured

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  8. It sounds like romance books really end up being your comfort reads and I have to agree. The books I reread the most happen to be the romance novels I love, because they have happily ever afters and are guaranteed to make me feel comforted and happy. And I love character development and that is something they always promise me. Great post x

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  9. What a great post! πŸ₯° I’ve been curious about romance and historical romance books recently, as some of them sound super fluffy and swoony – exactly what’s perfect for when you need a bit of escapism 😊 A lot of my comfort reads are contemporary books as they tend to be lighter than fantasy books πŸ“š

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  10. Such a good list! And perfect timing at the moment with everything that’s happening. If you’re looking for more super cute romances, you should give Lucy Parker’s books a go. They’re really light and easy reads, but they’re soooo addictive.

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