As it’s the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a blanket on the couch. For me personally, I enjoy reading books that warm the heart and give me a good laugh, especially during this time.
For those who don’t know, I’m an avid reader. I could go as far as classifying myself as a bibliophile, which refers to someone who collects or has a great love of books. This means that I read a lot of books during the year, but just like anyone else, I do have a preference for the genre and type of book I read, which is why this list may be biased towards fiction and fantasy.
One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk is a light, heartwarming romance that develops in the 21st century digital age. I loved how relatable it was for me, as part of Generation Z, especially with all the references to social media. If you’re looking for a lighthearted read set in the digital age, then this is a must-read book for you.
The Hot Damned Series by Robyn Peterman is one of the most hilarious series I’ve read in my life. The first book Fashionably Dead sets up the series really well and makes the characters so loveable. It has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and I’ve definitely gotten some weird looks from my friends when I read these books in public. This is a great series to warm the heart with and get you jolly for the festive season.
The setting description in A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey is what makes it a winner for me. The way Grey describes Vernazza, Italy has made it one of my bucket list destinations and made the book one of the best I’ve read this year. The romance that develops in this book is sweet and perfect for the holiday season.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang won the Goodreads Choice Award 2018 in the Romance category and with good reason. The book touches hearts in the way that it explores Asperger’s and incorporates aspects of Asian, specifically Vietnamese culture. As an Asian Australian, it’s incredible to see an Asian heroine in Western literature and makes the book one of my top reads of the year.
Slouch Witch by Helen Harper is the first book in The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series and another laugh-out-loud series that is one of my favourites. It’s a tale of witches and magic and I definitely recommend the series if you’re in for some humour along with jam-packed witchy action. There’s also a cute, swoon-worthy romance that develops within the series.