Top 5 Cozy Books To Read Over J-Term

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J-Term is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm blanket. But what are some “cozy” books that will fit the wintry mood? We made a list of the best library books to read over J-Term below.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

4 sisters growing up and figuring out life in 1800s New England- what’s not to like? Little Women is a timeless classic about love, loss, family, and following your dreams. If you haven’t read it yet, now is a great time to start!

 

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

If you enjoy books about small towns where everyone knows each other, then this book is perfect for you. A surprising marriage stirs up different attitudes in Cold Sassy, Georgia, and the gossip- and entertainment value- increases.

 

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Dive into the fascinating fantasy world of Redwall Abbey, where anthropomorphized mice fight a villainous rat enemy to protect their land and their values. These books were childhood favorites of mine and still hold up as excellent stories to get lost in today.

 

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Just click the link and look at the cover of this book. If that cover isn’t the definition of cozy, I don’t know what is. Serious Moonlight is a young adult mystery/romance and a light read- perfect for any college students who need a break from heavy textbooks.

 

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Time travel, cloning, and beloved literary characters make this book a fun and familiar read. You’ll be drawn into this clever caper without having to leave your cozy couch.

 

Click on the links to see where each book is located at the library. Happy reading!

Book Review: “Serious Moonlight” by Jenn Bennett

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After I finished reading The Exorcist, I wanted to pick up something lighter- much lighter- to read. So I chose Jen Bennett’s Serious Moonlight, one of the library’s newer Young Adult novels. It has a very cozy cover, so it seemed like it would be a good read for a fall or winter afternoon. Literally, a patron that I helped at the Circulation Desk saw the book and commented: “That cover just looks like Christmas.”

Here’s a spoiler-free description of Serious Moonlight from the publisher: “Eighteen-year-old, mystery-loving Birdie’s new job at a historic Seattle hotel leads her and her co-worker, Daniel, to a real mystery about a reclusive writer who resides there.” I would say this book is more about restarting and repairing the relationship between Birdie and Daniel, though.

Mild spoilers ahead.

What Serious Moonlight does right: It’s cute. Birdie’s love interest, Daniel, is a sweetheart who loves David Bowie- which is a big qualification for a good literary romance. And even though Birdie pushes him away due to her fear of relationships, he still sticks around (which is okay rather than intrusive in this book, since they’re both nice and safe people). It’s a classic trope, but it’s one that works in this story.

Birdie and Daniel quote old noir/detective movies to each other. It’s weird and I don’t know of any teenagers who would do this, but again, it’s part of the book’s charm, just like the setting- Serious Moonlight makes Seattle seem smaller and more local than it really is.

Still, not everything is easy between Birdie and Daniel. Birdie worries that Daniel’s not telling her something (he’s not), and there’s a fair amount of natural miscommunications and missed signals between them. I appreciated these moments of realism (even as I wanted them to figure things out and end up together).

One last thing- if you’re into the Enneagram, this is a relationship between a 6 and a 7. It’s pretty entertaining how the two characters interact.

 

What Serious Moonlight gets wrong: Right off the bat I found out this was not going to be the completely innocent book I thought it would be. Let’s just say that Birdie has a surprise encounter in chapter one that I did not see coming based on her description of herself as “shy” and “sometimes cowardly.”  Later she has some more “encounters”-this book does earn the “Young Adult” sticker that we gave it.

There are also a few typos. This will bother some readers. And the plot’s kind of thin- this book is more focused on character growth than action.

 

Who should read Serious Moonlight: Readers who want a cute romance and a little bit of mystery. This would be a great book for an older teen or a young adult reader.

 

Who shouldn’t read Serious Moonlight: Readers who aren’t interested in romance/drama or would prefer a more chaste romance to read about.

 

Serious Moonlight is available in the library’s Family room.

*Content note: several suggestive scenes, language.