Sometimes the events of the world are just too much for me. Combine this with the fact that our days are getting shorter as the sun sets earlier and earlier, and it's nice to read something that can whisk me away from it all. Science fiction and fantasy books are the perfect solution to provide some hope and escapism.
Here are the books I'm turning to when I feel like I need a big literary hug.
Are you looking for a light and fluffy read with tiny dragons? This adorably delightful graphic novel could be just what you're looking for. Truly the book equivalent of being wrapped up in a cozy blanket.
Elder Race tackles some heavy themes, but it remains heartwarming, empathetic, and funny throughout. At only 200 pages, it's accessible even with an intricate plot and worldbuilding details.
This Is How You Lose the Time War
Another novella and one of my favorites of all time. It's poetic, romantic, and absorbing. A reviewer described it as "Killing Eve but they are time traveling pen pals" and doesn't that make you want to read it??
The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers' books are the epitome of cozy sci-fi. They are comforting and inclusive stories about chosen families and friendly weirdos- which is exactly what I need when I'm feeling down.
Light from Uncommon Stars is also a chosen family story about demons, violins, and donut shops. It's bittersweet at times but always hopeful. It might be the darkest book on this list, but there are plenty moments of humor and joy to make up for it.
Freya Marske combines historical fantasy with romance with murder mystery in this charming and whimsical novel.