Quarantine Queen | 5 Comforting Reads To Get You Through Tough Times

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Well, friends, we are in the midst of hard times and, as we all know…it is a truth universally acknowledged that hard times call for a healthy dose of escapism! And, when you can’t exactly leave your house, what better way to escape than through a good old fashioned book? So, today I’ve gathered up my books and selected five that I find oh-so-relaxing to share with you, dear friends!

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Your Soul Is A River by Nikita Gill

Evocative and emotional, Nikita Gill’s debut poetry collection is a stunning, must-have addition to any library. Centering on the theme of emotional healing, Gill uses nature and celestial imagery to paint vivid messages about self love and healing with her poetry. With its gentle imagery and soothing messages, Gill’s poetry is a great option if you are in need of a piece of literature which will leave you feeling safe, loved, and empowered all at once.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat of a literary experience, look no further than Mooncakes! This free webcomic (which is also available in graphic novel form) is, in the words of its creators, “A (queer, Chinese-American) paranormal romance,” but in, like, the cutest, coziest way ever? *squeals with delight* Like, usually, paranormal romances are all dark and ominous in terms of atmosphere, but Mooncakes is like a crisp and cozy autumn day all wrapped up into one adorable webcomic! If you’re in need of a cute pick-me-up, definitely give Mooncakes a look!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Looking for something hilariously fun and quirky? Check out NimonaNimona is the tale of the “evil” (*cough* Actual Big Softy™ *cough*) scientist, Ballister Blackheart, and his overzealous assistant, Nimona, and their quest to “thwart” Ballister’s “nemesis,” Sir Goldenloin. Eagle-eyed readers may recognize the art style in Nimona and that’s because Noelle Stevenson also is the writer and artist for the Netflix reboot of She-Ra. Stevenson brings that same energetic flair to Nimona, creating a comic which manages to be both humorous and heartwarming at the same time. Nimona is a must read for all!

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

When I think of “fluffy fantasy,” there’s one book that instantly pops into my mind: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho! Oftentimes described as “a K-drama in literary form,” Wicked Fox is set in Seoul and tells the story of two Korean teens, Miyoung and Jihoon, but here’s the catch: Miyoung is a gumiho—a nine-tailed fox shape-shifter from Korean mythology who devours the souls of men. Wicked Fox is the story of Miyoung and Jihoon’s budding romance and magical encounters—and it’s so freakin’ cute!!! This is the perfect piece of fluff fantasy to settle your soul with a dose of adorableness!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling is an OG YA book, but it’s also one that’s maintained its status as A Really Good Read™ through the years. It follows Katsa, a young woman in a world where some are gifted with magical “graces.” Katsa is gifted with the grace of killing and thus is tasked with being an assassin. Graceling is a little slower in pace than most current YA fantasies, but I’d argue that’s what makes it so comforting. It takes its time letting readers get to know the characters and the world, and it works. If you’re looking for a more measured fantasy, Graceling is it.

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So, that is all for today, my dear friends! I hope this post was able to help you find a good ol’ relaxing read to snuggle up with or, at the least, brought a little extra cheer to your day.

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I’m gonna sign off for now, so until next time friends…

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Spill The Beans, Friends!

  • Do you read to relax?
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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

7 thoughts on “Quarantine Queen | 5 Comforting Reads To Get You Through Tough Times

    1. i know right?! lol! i first read graceling when i was about 14 (i’m astonished it was so long ago!) and re-read it about 2 or 3 years ago and was surprised to see how good it and its sequel (fire) were! and the great thing is that, despite the time it was published, there’s no sexist/racist/homophobic undertones or offhanded comments!


  1. Nimona is definitely a fun, relaxing read!! Also, I did not know that Wicked Fox was a fluffy fantasy kind of book, I have it on my TBR shelf and I think I’ll have to move it up! Such a fantastic list of comforting reads Lila, I’m looking forward to read a lot of the ones featured here. For me, I’d say Anna-Marie’s books are comforting reads! 😍💖

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    1. aaaah! thank you so much! i’m so glad you got some good recommendations from my post ❤ i've never read anna-marie mclemore's books, but they're on my tbr—i might have to move them up on my list, though, especially if they're comforting reads!

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  2. Yes! Nimona is the absolute best! I’ve actually been debating rereading it! And Mooncakes was super cute! I think my comfort reads are Fangirl, Red, White, & Royal Blue, and Th Kiss Quotient. I either reread specific sections of those books or reread those books in their entirety several times each!

    I’ve never heard of Your Soul is a River before but it sounds really good! I’ve been wanting to read more poetry, but I’d just love to know if there’s any triggering content in there that you can recall before I pick it up.

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    1. i’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply (i totally thought i already did—my bad)! i read FANGIRL a while ago, but that’s a great pick for a comforting read! i’ve also had my eye on RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE and THE KISS QUOTIENT for a while too—they both sound so fun! i don’t recall there being any triggering content IN YOUR SOUL IS A RIVER, as far as i remember, gill is pretty good at keeping her poems safe! thanks for dropping in! ❤

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