By special request, Gentle Reader, here’s a curated list of my favorite feel-good books!
These are books I go to for comfort and they always leave me feeling happy. I sorted them using my own books as ciphers. So you can scan through for your favorite of mine and pick accordingly.
I also added a few things to watch in there, in case you really just need to veg TF out.
Books That Make Me Feel Better
If you love the Parasol Protectorate series:
Ridiculous! by D.L. Carter
Hilarious cross-dressing regency romance. Fall in love with Mr North, I did. (Amazon only)
Sorcery & Cecelia by Wrede & Stevermer
If you are a fan of my books and haven’t read this wonderful gaslight double shot regency romance, honestly I have no idea what you’re doing with your life.
Goodreads has a list of other people’s suggestions of “Book like the Parasol Protectorate series” which you can add too, if you like. (I’m rather honored that I rank a list all my own, thank you Goodreads!)
If you love the Finishing School series:
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
The princess and the dragon become BFFs. Suitable for a wide range of ages.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Possibly the tightest best stand alone novel ever written. And one of the few where the movie is as good as the book, it’s very different but still excellent.
If you love the Custard Protocol series:
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
In regency times, Newt must track down a missing emerald. As it is much easier to get around alone as a mustache-wearing man, so Newt dons the mustache with gusto.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
If what you really want is a seriously heavy dose or found family? This is your book.
If you love How to Marry a Werewolf or Poison or Protect:
Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
Culture conflict between an invading nomadic army and a settled alt medieval land. A woman who knows how to heal. You think it’s going to be every romance trope in the book, it defies every single one of them.
Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis (ebook only)
Magic and romance in regency London, plus dress pins… lots of dress pins.
If you love Romancing the Inventor:
Ambereye by Gill McKnight
Moody werewolf boss meets her match in the form of bossy human PA. The two go home to meet the pack for the holidays. Everyone assumes they are mates.
Watch? Tipping the Velvet
If you love Romancing the Werewolf:
A Minor Inconvenience by Sarah Granger
A solid upright soldier returns home from war, falls in love with a male spy.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
One of the world funniest books, it isn’t strictly gay… although it really also is.
If you love the San Andreas Shifters series:
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
The funniest piece of gay fantasy ever written, and likely the funniest that ever will be written.
Here are more from me if you love the San Andreas Boys…
Watch? Love, Simon, Latter Days, anything from this list: 8 Queer Romantic Comedy Movies That Gail Carriger Loves
If you love 5th Gender:
Paradox series (3 books) by Rachel Bach (first book Fortune’s Pawn)
High action and lots of fun in epic space battles, fast paced and tight with a nice little het romance (low heat).
Earth Fathers Are Weird by Lyn Gala
Human military dude accidentally becomes surrogate for tentacle alien children. All the feels. Found family, adorable squidies. Gah. So cute. Her Claimings series is also brilliant.
Here are more from me if you love the 5th Gender…
Watch? Men in Black, erm?
Other Delightful Reads
I just love these books SO MUCH. I reread them regularly just because they make me so happy.
Granddad’s Cup of Tea by Amy Rae Durreson
Bisexual grandpa finds love with the neighbor at the top of the hill, over daily cups of tea.
A Fool and His Manny by Amy Lane
Eldest son is all grown up, meets up again with ex-nanny. It manages to not be incestuous at all, mostly because the poor manny has no idea what is going on. Gah, so achingly sweet.
For the Littles…
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Picture book I grew up with. It’s charming and amazingly well drawn.
Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod by Brian Kesinger
It is what it says, amazing images and a few words about a forthright young steampunk lady and her precocious pet octopus. There is also an adorable coloring book of these characters. So very me-ish in every way.
As always, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s more rec lists:
- 20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies
- Comforting Books for Hard Times: Soothing Reads in Every Genre
- 10 Funny Mystery Authors Like Janet Evanovich
- 31 Queer Books With Happy Endings
- 20 Must-Read Happy Queer Books
What do you read or watch that makes you happy? Any suggestions?
Why We Need Queer Escapist Lit from The Lesbrary
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BOOK DE JOUR?
Defy or Defend, a Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!
Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.
It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!
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Tisane of Nifty
“The book still has a wonderful and warm and calm ending, which these characters absolutely deserved. How to Marry a Werewolf is an emotional journey that I found incredibly rewarding and is probably one of my favourite books by this author.”
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