If you’re in need of some comfort right now, here are my favourite comfort reads. Low stakes, high romance, familiar tropes and loveable characters abound. (Whereas my book The Quiet at the End of the World, about a global virus pandemic that makes humanity infertile, may be less comforting right now….)
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Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley -A retelling of Sleeping Beauty that I’ve read approximately 50 times since I was a kid. So feminist and witchy and unexpected.
The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson (and her other historical romances like The Morning Gift) – wonderfully indulgent and romantic, with lots of longing and happy endings.
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold – Best described as Jane Austen in space, this features genetically modified bugs, clones, political intrigue and more.
The Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens – mid-war boarding school girl detectives with modern values.
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson – The Sound of Music meets Hamilton in early New York, with undercover governesses and magic.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – Guillory’s writing is such a comforting place to spend time. Her characters are all so lovely and real, and her romances aren’t filled with the kind of angsty misunderstandings which are often used to create tension, and drive me nuts. Instead there’s just honest, genuine progression of relationships. (£3 on Kindle)
Think of England by K J Charles – the most excellent English country house heist/murder mystery. (£3 on Kindle)
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – Magical regency romp around the world with magic and science and the boundary between the two. (99p on Kindle)
The Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane books by Dorothy L Sayers (start with Strong Poison) (99p on Kindle)
The Red Dwarf books by Grant Naylor -Silly space antics which are laugh out loud funny. You don’t need to have seen the show to read the books, and I think they’re better and funnier.
Jeeves & Wooster by P G Wodehouse -A foolish rich himbo telling anecdotes about the antics he gets rescued from by his clever and dignified butler. Iconic and hilarious. (75p on Kindle)