It’s Halloween season!! And I’m taking part in Bookending Autumn, a blogging event and blog hop hosted by Sam @ Bookending Sam. I’m quite excited to be taking part this year, and have already outlined some fun prompts!
It starts today, October 1st, and today’s challenge is hosted by the lovely Danielle @ Poetry Books YA with the best title ever: Sweater Weather. (I love sweater weather so much.) The challenge is to name some books that make you feel warm and cozy, like a nice sweater in the fall.
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me is probably my #1 comfort read. I remember buying this book when we were traveling out of town, and for some reason I couldn’t sleep or had some kind of anxiety attack, so I took this book and took myself into the hotel bathroom, so I could read and not wake my parents. I don’t remember now if I sat on the (probably gross) cold, tile floor, or if I was perched on top of the closed toilet lid. Maybe I was lounging on the counter, I don’t fully remember. What I do remember is turning that last page, and realizing that I’d spent the time it took to read the whole book sitting in the bathroom, not caring a single iota or feeling too uncomfortable. I went to bed with a smile on my face, fell asleep right away, dreamed that I was the main character, and waking it up, only to read it again in the car that next day.
Since then, it’s the battered copy I turn to whenever I’m anxious, feeling certain strong feelings, can’t sleep or am feeling any kind of way. I’ve read it so many times, I lost count at 14, and I don’t intend to stop. That was even before the second and third (and now novella + fourth) book came out. (Goodreads | Amazon)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
I’m actually rereading the Kate Daniels right now, and I’m all the way through book five 🥰 I forgot how much I absolutely adore this series! Kate and Curran, Derek and Julie and the whole bunch are so familiar to me. I’ve read it like… oh, three to four times? Kate is just so fun and sassy and practical and a literal ninja. Ilona Andrews, a husband-wife writing duo, have this amazing ability for world-building and creating a whole cast of amazing characters to enjoy. This book and this series is an experience and really I enjoy it so, so much. I’m so thrilled to be rereading the series again, because I’d forgotten how amazing it truly is. (Goodreads | Amazon | Review)
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
GAH. This book gets me in the feels every. damn. time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been feeling some type of way and I’ve turned to ACOMAF and read that whole ass tome and was feeling all the feels and GAH. Rhysand. ACOMAF is seriously Ms. Maas’s best writing. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Throne of Glass series (I really love that series), but ACOMAF is a whole other world of amazing writing. After the occurrences of ACOTAR and the battles Feyre fought, she’s very broken in ACOMAF, and her journey and evolution is truly inspirational. (Goodreads | Amazon)
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh
These Psy-Changeling books are serious fun. In the first one, Slave to Sensation, Lucas was a great character, completely at ease with himself and proud of his packmates, sweet, patient and understanding (yet still very dominant) with Sascha. And Sascha herself was a strong, selfless female lead. I loved both of these characters individually, but I loved them together better. They made me laugh, and cry and cringe and swoon, even though they were emotionally scarred, it was amazing watching them heal each other and find their way to happiness.
Ms. Singh writes such vivid characters and oh my god her world-building is undeniably top-notch. We don’t get it all in the first book, but it builds and it builds and it builds throughout the series into a masterpiece. This really is one of my favorite series. With a hate-to-love romance, a whole dynamic cast of characters, and the best damn world-building you’ve read in a while, I really can’t recommend Slave to Sensation to you enough 💕 I promise you’ll be sucked in by this paranormal romance at it’s FINEST. (Goodreads | Amazon | Review)
Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley
Walk Through Fire is another one that I find myself constantly reaching for when feeling stressed or anxious, and I’ve read it at least once (sometimes twice) a year since it came out in 2015. In fact, it was my favorite book of the year that year. The characters in this one are real, flawed, dynamic and so humanistic that at times it literally feels like I can just reach out and touch them. It’s amazing to me that Ms. Ashley made these characters so real and honest that I related to them so heavily. Millie actions weren’t always the smartest, but I always understood them and felt the emotion behind it. I was screaming and crying right along with her at Logan, because WHAT THE FUCKITY FUCK or whatever the instance happened to be. Bottom line, the feels and intense emotions (which ran high for the full length of the book), the amazing plot (with a seriously amazing second-chance romance and hate-to-love romance involved), and great writing style, this book is absolutely unforgettable to me. (Goodreads | Amazon)
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh
Once again, Rock Hard is yet another book I find myself reading again and again. Charlie shows amazing growth throughout the book, and I love the way Gabriel handles it and her. They heal each other, evolve together and it’s beautiful. Not to mention, it’s a slow-burn romance, which will always be my favorite kind. Gabriel’s slow, thorough seduction is thoroughly calculated and hot as hell, and it takes place mostly at work, as it is an office romance (another favorite)! The characters in this one were just so great – very dynamic, and hilarious, I was laughing along, feeling what they were feeling, the whole way. I’ve read this in the upper-teens now, and I feel like I experience it brand-new each time. (Goodreads | Amazon | Review)
Heir of Fire or Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #3, #4) by Sarah J. Maas
You know I love Ms. Maas and the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read them so many times it’s honestly insane. Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows are two most nostalgic reads for me. I’m not saying they’re the best books in the series, but they’re definitely the most “cozy.” Heir of Fire because it’s a lot of emotion and figuring out who she is and *falling in love but not knowing it yet* with lots of feelings of kinship and just an emotional, cozy nest. Queen of Shadows because Aelin is pulling a Celaena and being a badass bitch and, again, lots of emotions and scheming and people coming to terms with who she is now. (Goodreads | Amazon)
Are you participating in Bookending Autumn? What are some books that make you feel warm and cozy? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!