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Books for Cozy Escapes

cottage core
Are you craving an escape to the quiet countryside? Well, you’re not alone. The cozy aesthetics, rustic charm, and connection to nature evoke a sense of tranquility that many of us yearn for. But if it’s not possible to hop on a train to a field of lilies, why not immerse yourself in a dreamy cottage core world through literature?

Cottage core classics

Whether you're curled up by the fireplace or lounging in a sunlit garden, here are some enchanting reads that will transport you to idyllic landscapes and heartwarming tales.
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre experienced abuse at a young age, not only from her aunt—who raised her after both her parents died—but also from the headmaster of Lowood Institution, where she was sent away. After ten years of living and teaching at Lowood, Jane decides she is ready to see more of the world and takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Jane later meets the mysterious master of Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester, and finds herself strangely drawn to him. If you’re looking for a book that embodies rainy days in a candlelit estate, look no further! 
“Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones 
This story follows the adventures of Sophie Hatter, a young woman who is cursed by a witch and transformed into an elderly lady. Seeking to break the curse, Sophie sets off to find the infamous wizard Howl, who lives in a magical moving castle. Along the way, Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon powering the castle, and encounters a host of eccentric characters. As Sophie learns more about Howl and his mysterious past, she discovers her own inner strength and resilience. Perfect for fans of cozy, magic nights in with your friends! 
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen 
“Pride and Prejudice” is one of Jane Austen’s most enduring novels, having been widely adapted to stage, screen, and other media since its publication in 1813. The novel tells the tale of five unmarried sisters and how their lives change when a wealthy, eligible bachelor moves into their neighborhood. It’s equal parts romance and social satire, and a must-read this time of year. Prep your running shoes because after reading this, you’ll want to leap blooming fields within a thunderstorm.
“Days at the Morisaki Bookshop”  by Satoshi Yagisawa & Eric Ozawa 
This wise and charming international bestseller is also a  hit Japanese movie. It’s the story of a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort found in books. If your cottage core fantasy entails hiding away in bookstores with a steaming cup of tea and a cat at your feet, this book is perfect for you! 
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Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte

Masterfully written and completely compelling, a novel with supernatural twists and romantic turns. It’s multidimensional — both a woman’s spiritual quest for independence and a love story, a gothic thriller and social commentary.

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Howl's Moving Castle

By Diana Wynne Jones

This entrancing classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. An international bestseller, this much-loved book is the source for the Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa  digital book - Fable

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

By Satoshi Yagisawa

A young woman loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

The novel tells the tale of five unmarried sisters and how their lives change when a wealthy eligible bachelor moves in to their neighborhood.

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