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Have you ever found yourself trapped inside on a cold, snowy, or rainy day? Or perhaps you need another cosy read before you go to bed? I often find myself scrolling through book lists and Goodreads to find the perfect cosy read to lose myself in. I have found 8 books that you will love! They aren’t all bestsellers, but they are the best cosy reads I have found so far.
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
This story is a bit different from the rest and has not been recommended enough! Based in Botswana, the story follows Mma Romatswe – the only female private detective in the country. She can solve anything! From con men to missing husbands, she’s can get to the bottom of it. This is such a brilliant read, and it is part of a series! If you haven’t read it yet, then take this as your sign to buy it.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
An absolute classic! This is one of my favourite books! The perfect read for a rainy day, or when you are wrapped up in a blanket but still need an adventure. If you are a lover of fantasy but you don’t feel like dedicating yourself to a huge read or a big series, then this is perfect. The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who is taken on an adventure to take back the home of Dwarves from a greedy dragon. Sounds perfect, right?
The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore
Do you like stories set in the countryside? What about stories filled with the perfect amount of intrigue and romance? Then this is the book for you. I’ve read a few of Santa Montefiore’s books, but this is my favourite so far. The story follows two women who live in a country house in Devon, UK – Miranda Claybourne in 2004, and Ava Lightly in the 1980s. When a french gardener visits them, in both time periods, both women find their life-changing – and possibly for the better.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
Top London PR Agent to local Cotswolds Slueth, this story follows Agatha Raisin as she moves to the Cotswolds from London and becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. She puts her top notch investigating skills to work and tries to clear her name. This story is charming and absolutely love the rest of the series. I highly recommend it!
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
Based in the last year of World War 1, this book is a heartwarming story with a bit of adventure and lots of love. It follows Emily Bryce as she tries to make a difference for her country after leaving the comforts of her family estate and her strict parents. She becomes a land girl, falls in love and finds an old mystery. This is such a beautiful story, and one I would recommend reading for your next cosy read.
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
Another book by Alexander McCall Smith! This book is very different to the other book written by McCall Smith, but it’s just as good. Based in Edinburgh, this book follows the adventure of Isabel Dalhousie, the editor in chief of ‘Review of Applied Ethics’, after she sees a man fall from the upper circle of a concert hall. Of course, she must investigate, but she also must do this against the advice of her close friends and family. This book is also the first in a series! So if you loved this one, you’ll have other stories to fall in love with.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Do you like heartwarming stories? Well, do I have a story for you! This was first recommended to me by my mother and I am glad she did. This is a fantastic read, and one that can be read in a day or two. It’s the 1960s, and Lily Owens, a resident of South Carolina, lost her mother when she was young. After Rosaleen, her stand in mother, is arrested, Lily sets them both free and sets off to Tiburon, which might have the secrets to her mothers past. Intrigued? I bet! This is such a beautiful book, and a perfect cosy read.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Another classic! You may have seen the Narnia films, or have heard of them. Have you heard of the books? This book, which the first Narnia film is based on, is such a brilliant cosy read. It is an adventure from start to finish as the Pevensie siblings are sent away from home during the London Blitz and then as they discover the world of Narnia. As one installment in the Chronicles of Narnia, there is more to be explored, but this story is the perfect choice for a cosy read.
Did you like this reading list? I hope you found your next cozy read. Let me know your thoughts! Have you read any of these, or do you have any cozy book recommendations?