Gentle Reads for the Cozy Season

One of the most requested kinds of books that we get asked about is "gentle reads." These kinds of books can offer refuge from stress and tend to have fewer adult themes. They are books that inspire a feeling of hope and end happily (or at least come to a satisfying conclusion). "Gentle Reads" appeal to our emotions. They tug on heartstrings, present peaceful perspectives, and are often set in small communities. These books have been described by fans as “warm milk” – satisfying, calming, and comforting.

“Gentle Reads” can be found in all genres, including historical, mystery, literary, suspense, and relationship fiction. They are not all cheery, breezy stories, there may certainly be tragedy and struggle. The key is that characters overcome these challenges through positivity, kindness, love, strength, and compassion.

You might be a “Gentle Reads” fan if you like these authors:

  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Andriana Trigiani
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Elizabeth Berg
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Ivan Doig
  • Jan Karon
  • Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Joanne Fluke
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • M.C. Beaton
  • Maeve Binchy
  • Richard Paul Evans
  • Sarah Addison Allen
  • Sheila Roberts
  • Susan Wiggs

Try These Next:

How to Find More:

  • Use keywords in your catalog search such as: heartwarming, inspiring, gentle, and cozy.
  • Check out the community and staff lists on the library’s catalog that also include books you liked.
  • Explore NovelistPlus for more suggestions and discussion of ‘gentle reads.’