Embrace November with These Four Cozy Reads

As the spooky season fades into memory, it’s the perfect moment to embrace comfy sweaters, snuggle under fluffy blankets, bask in the warmth of roaring fires, savor hot chocolate, and indulge in the pleasure of cozy books. If you’re a kindred spirit who adores feel-good, low-stakes, and delightful reads, then these four cozy recommendations are tailor-made for your November snuggling.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Some of you may already be familiar with the title of this book, thanks to the visually stunning masterpiece created by Studio Ghibli, “Howl’s Moving Castle.” If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the film, you’ll know that “Howl’s Moving Castle” is a tale brimming with remarkable characters and captivating storytelling. 

But don’t let the movie fool you! While the film drew inspiration from Diana Wynne Jones’ book, they are remarkably distinct. Jones’ written narrative exudes a sense of tranquility that sets it apart from its cinematic counterpart. The novel offers a more subdued and cozy depiction of the chaos within. 

For those who may be unfamiliar, “Howl’s Moving Castle” unfolds the story of Sophie, the eldest of three sisters, who tries to live a quiet and unassuming life running her mother’s hat shop. All seems well until she incurs the wrath of a jealous and malevolent witch who curses her.

Unbeknownst to Sophie, her hats unknowingly weave magic, encroaching upon the witch’s domain. The curse rapidly transforms Sophie into an elderly woman. She embarks on a journey to seek solace with one of her sisters, but fate leads her to the extraordinary moving castle of the enigmatic wizard Howl. Amidst adventures, love, magic, a fire demon, and swiftness-inducing boots, Sophie and Howl join forces to break free from their respective curses.

It’s undoubtedly a timeless, heartwarming read perfect for the season.

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Step into the enchanting realm of “Legends & Lattes,” where low stakes bring high hopes, and let this book be your ultimate seasonal companion. Within a mystical world teeming with monsters and fairytale creatures, one might anticipate thrilling action and daring adventures. However, for Viv, an ogre mercenary, action and adventure have taken a back seat in her life. After dedicating years to fighting the noble battles, Viv has chosen to retire her sword and embark on a new journey by opening a charming coffee shop.

The narrative unfolds as Viv relocates to a new town, bringing her dream cafe to life and gradually weaving the threads of her fresh start. Along the way, she forms new bonds with kindred spirits, navigates encounters with adversaries, finds support from her helpful neighbors, encounters colossal feline companions, savors delectable pastries, and, of course, brews the perfect cup of coffee. In the midst of it all, a touch of romance adds an extra layer of intrigue, but we’ll keep the details under wraps.

Embark on this heartwarming and cozy low-stakes adventure, and let “Legends & Lattes” transport you to a world where the everyday is extraordinary.

And be sure to mark your calendar for November 7th, when you can purchase “Bookshops & Bonedust,” the prequel to “Legends & Lattes.”

In this new book, Viv finds herself wounded in the midst of battle and seeks refuge in a nearby town. During her convalescence, she stumbles upon a bookshop on the brink of fading away. Viv, not a natural reader, having a preference for hacking and slashing her way through adventures, is persuaded by the shop’s owner to give a book a chance. In just a few pages, Viv becomes captivated by the enchanting world of words. As she slowly uncovers her newfound passion for reading, spiced with an irresistible charm, she becomes entangled in more than just the stories between the pages.

Welcome to Fae Cafe by Jennifer Kropf

Set in fall and early winter, an aspiring writer named Kate Kole inadvertently finds herself embroiled in a curious incident involving a murdered fairy at a quaint coffee shop— an incident that no one else seems to recall. This whimsical tale unfolds as Kate becomes the unsuspecting target of Cress, the fairy prince, and his trio of handsome, albeit charmingly childish and whimsical assassins. When an attempt to enchant goes wrong, Kate makes unlikely “allies” and somehow ropes Cress’ assassins into running her soon-to-open cafe. 

However, the tranquility of her new business endeavor is short-lived as darker forces from their fae homeworld begin to encroach, threatening more than just the success of Kate’s cafe. With the support of her loyal friend Lily and the witty, surprisingly practical, and strangely helpful assassins, Kate valiantly fights for both her future and, unexpectedly, for Cress himself.

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a delightful blend of comedy, romance, the cozy ambiance of fall, the endearing presence of a wise grandmother, and a slow-burning, naturally evolving connection that will leave you utterly delighted to be part of the journey.

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The main character is childfree and sticks to it – a winner for our community!
No main character pregnancy or parenting tropes although there may be touches of it here and there for other characters
Main character pregnancy and/or parenting tropes, but they are relevant to the plot
Filled with pregnancy and parenting or there was a “CF” (childfree) character and they “changed their mind”


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