Recently I shared a short list of my favourite standalone books that I would feel comfortable and confident in recommending to people – depending on what they’re looking for. And now I’ve done the same with series!
One again, I did a quick video on for this book stack too if you’d rather watch than read. But if not, no worries! Keep scrolling for my list!
The Storm Crow – Kalyn Josephson
The Storm Crow is an amazing duology that is a fun, light yet in-depth fantasy set in a fictional world with magic and giant magical crows! It’s also a wonderful exploration into depression and other mental health issues that is handled well and realistically. It also explores sexualities and it’s so refreshing to see some asexual representation. I adore the characters throughout this duology and I absolutely treasure this series.
I can’t wait to see what the author does next.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Do I really need to explain why this one is on the list?
This is often touted as the book that gets people back into reading, and that’s also true for me too. It’s cliche, but it’s true. I’m not going to go into what this book series is about…we all know by now. But the fact still remains that the writing is amazing, the characters are really richly developed and, if you’ve only seen the films – you’re in for a surprise!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
Oh this series well and truly has my heart! The first book in the series is a loose retelling fo Beauty and the Beast, and then the other two evolve into their own stories. That’s why I can recommend it to both people who like retellings, and people who don’t.
The world building is rich and lively but the characters are the absolute crown jewel in this series. The multiple POV’s really help get into their head and I enjoyed every page with these characters.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
This was a series that I completely took a chance on when I heard that Netflix were doing an adaptation of it, and fell in love with both. Sure, I prefer the books, but the series is pretty good too.
But this book is so sweet and sugary, but worth it. It’s endearing and just so cute and fluffy. It’s a quick and enjoyable read that never fails to make me smile. I think it’d be great for people to get back into reading if they prefer contemporaries.
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
As much as I don’t think that the first book in this series is particularly strong, the series as a whole is.
It’s one of the earliest YA fantasies I remember reading when I got into book reviewing and it has stood the test of time considering how many I’ve read since. It’s a perfect cross between fluff and sexy (depending on which characters you follow!) and a great fantasy escape!
Honourable mentions – cos I’ve not technically finished the series yet…but I’m counting them anyway!
Furyborn – Claire Legrand
This is a really deeply built-fantasy world and is perfect for those looking for a New Adult/Adult fantasy sereis to get into.
If you are a huge fan of political intrigue, magic, kings, queens, high stakes and world-building for daaaaays then this series is for you. Claire Legrand effortlessly weaves a complex story that spans thousands of years in an understandable and un-put-downable way.
Blazewrath Games – Amparo Ortiz
I do not have enough high praise for this book. I’ve written a full review and you can check it out here if you want.
But to sum it up quickly: THIS IS THE BOOK THAT SHOULD REPLACE HARRY POTTER ON YOUR SHELVES! It’s got representation for DAAAAAAYS and it’s not a tick-box exercise! It’s got witches, wizards, magic, dragons and such a good storyline! In short – it’s AMAZING!
And that’s my list of comfort books!
What books are on your ‘comfort’ list or that you recommend to everyone? Let me know in the comments.
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