Light & cozy reading suggestions are a frequent request in the Women in Tech slack I'm in.

Here are a few that have come up a lot, so we can link this post when someone asks again!

  • Legends & Lattes, and it's sequel, Bookshops and Bonedust
  • House on the Cerulean Sea
  • Psalm for the Wild-Built and its sequel, Prayer for the Crown Shy.
    • These are novellas featuring a nonbinary monk in a utopian future, looking for meaning and finding friendship
    • Anything by Becky Chambers really goes on this list, too. A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is about a lovable alien space ship crew having decently low stakes adventures. The whole series is great, though note the second is a little sadder (themes of grief and self-identity, and child slave labor). They are all in the same universe but standalone, so you could easily skip #2.
  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
  • The Ex Hex and its sequel, The Kiss Curse
  • Jasmine Guillory - easy romances
  • Murderbot series by Martha Wells.
    • A series about a genderless AI robot built to be a security guard, who gains self-control and mostly wants to use it to watch soap operas in their head, but keeps discovering the power of real life friendship anyways
  • Killers of a Certain Age, a super fun spy novel about these 4 best friends who became contract killers ("bad guys" only, ofc) together as young women, who have just reached retirement but get pulled into one last big job. Very funny.
  • Little Paris Bookshop
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake "was weird but you might like it"
  • Anything by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Shady Hollow by Juneau Black - cosy murder mystery but everyone's an animal
  • The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
  • "If you're ok with the initial murder premise, I really like the cozies by Abby Collette, Valerie Burns, and Jesse Q. Sutanto. All three have some found family themes, which I love."
    • "(Especially Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers - it was so so great.)"
  • Alexis Hall: Boyfriend Material and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake
  • Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
  • The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

# Nonfiction

  • books by James Herriot, a British vet who tells British countryside vet stories
  • Other Minds, a bit more cerebral, about how cephalopod (think squid) brains work and how smart they are in a physiologically entirely different way than humans
  • The Genius of Birds, continuing on the smart animal theme, on the different ways that birds are actually super smart
  • Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
  • The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker, on considerations and approaches to having really meaningful and fun get togethers from work retreats to dinner parties to whatever

# Contributing

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