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. 💜
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%.
💜 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.
💜 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.
💜 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.
*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.
💜 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.
💜 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.
💜 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:
💜 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
💜 Want by Cindy Pon (sci-fi, dytopian)
💜 The Diviners by Libba Bray (historical fantasy, paranormal)
💜 Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong (fantasy, paranormal)
💜 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.
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!