20 Cozy Cottagecore Books To Curl Up With

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Cottagecore books are the perfect books to read if you’re looking to escape reality. It often feels like a big warm hug because of its heart-warming and cozy plotline, characters and illustrations.

The cottagecore aesthetic has gone viral over the past couple of years, especially when people started embracing “staying at home” by making their homes a safe and cozy space to live in.

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Cottagecore hobbies include planting, exploring the wild, cooking/baking, knitting and more. Often set in the English countryside, cottage core is the epitome of living a simple and wholesome life. 

In this blog post on cottagecore books, you’ll find fantasy, romance, graphic novels and a couple of non-fiction recommendations to help you live your best cottagecore life.

20 Cottagecore Books For Cozy Reading Time

1. The Tea Dragon Society by Kay

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The Tea Dragon Society series is a wholesome fantasy graphic novel about tea dragons and their owners. This cozy graphic novel is also a queer cottagecore book as it has diverse representation.

The series gives off cottage core vibes because of the beautiful illustrations, animals and lushes greens that are so aesthetically pleasing to look at. 

Despite this book is light-hearted and cozy, it also touches on important topics such as loneliness, patience, passing down art/tradition to the younger generation and more.

At the end of each book, there’s a tea dragon handbook/guidebook that teaches you more about the species, different type of tea dragons and how to care for them.

Don’t forget to pick up The Tea Dragon Festival and The Tea Dragon Tapestry if you enjoyed the first book in the series.

Read More: Review: The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

2. Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

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Legends and Lattes is a cozy fantasy book for adults. If you love coffee and enjoy the found family trope in books, you’ll really enjoy this one!

We follow Viv, a retired adventurer who finds a new passion – coffee making. She decides to open a coffee shop in a nearby small town. 

You meet a lot of interesting characters when you follow Viv on her coffee shop journey. Plus, the whimsical world-building and nature setting certainly gives off cottagecore vibes.

3. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

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Although this book is the third book in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke Series, it can be read as a standalone.

The Wallflower Wager is a cottagecore romance book set in an English historical setting.

Lady Penelope loves animals. She saves abandoned and wounded animals and keeps them in her backyard. She has very little friends and chooses to be with her furry friends instead of actual people.

Gabriel Duke, a businessman who flips houses has a problem with this. The animals are troublesome and annoying. This is bad for the house he is trying to sell which is located right next door to Lady Penelope’s. He must convince her to get rid of the animals.

The Wallflower Wager is a steamy historical romance read with cottagecore vibes you don’t want to miss out on!

4. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

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Cambridge professor Emily, is on a mission to put together an encyclopaedia of faeries.

She goes to a nordic country for her research and bumps into her insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby.

This book has mystery, romance, and a lot of interesting facts about faeries that readers may enjoy learning.

5. The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants: An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies

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If you’re looking to start embracing cottagecore living by planting your own plants and herbs, this book is for you. 

The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants is a beautifully illustrated gardening book.

Learn about 200 life-saving plants and home-remedies you can make yourself with step-by-step guides in this book! 

6. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a cottagecore fae fantasy with a dash of romance.

You’ll find various magical creatures, fae courts, fae lore, herbs, potions and lushes greens. 

Jude Duarte, a mortal, is forced to live among faes. She aims to make a place for herself in their world and show the Fae she isn’t less than them. 

Prince Cardan of Elfhame won’t let Jude achieve that so easily. He is determined to make her life hell. 

Jude and Cardan will soon learn their fates are intertwined and to survive the war that’s looming over their heads, they must join forces.

7. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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If you liked reading The Cruel Prince, An Enchantment of Ravens is a book to add to your to-be-read list.

This YA cottagecore fantasy book follows Isobel, an artist. Faeries aren’t able to create art themselves. Otherwise, they risk turning to dust, making Isobel very valuable.

However, everything changes after she paints the Autumn prince, Rook. The next thing she knows, she’s taken as a prisoner for painting the sorrow in his eyes. 

Prince Rook and Isobel spend a lot of time traveling together, slowly getting to know each other, and before they know it, they start to fall for each other.

8. Daughter of The Forest by Juliet Marillier

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Juliet Marillier is often described as the queen of cottagecore fantasy.

In this book, we follow a main character who has to leave home and go on a quest to try to save her beloved family from an evil curse. This curse also prevents her from uttering a single word, a common theme in retellings of The Wild Swans.

If you like retellings of The Wild Swans, don’t forget to check out Six Crimson Cranes and books similar to it.

Be sure to check the trigger warnings as there’s SA scenes.

9. A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

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A River Enchanted follows Jack Tamerlaine, a bard who returns home for the first time in over 10 years. He tries to help with solving a series of cases involving disappearing children.

His homeland is divided between two groups of people who despise each other. You’ll find magic, elemental spirits and adventure in this cottagecore fantasy.

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Uprooted is a standalone fantasy that follows, Agnieszka. Her village is sacrificing her to the evil dragon in the woods.

However, the dragon turns out to be a magician. She follows the magician to his tower and that’s when things start getting complicated.

The story is full of lush scenery, beautifully written and set in a magical forest. Plus, there’s also a dash of romance in this cottagecore fantasy tale.

11. How To Be A Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy

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How To Be A Wildflower is a cottagecore aesthetic books, fully illustrated with lots of rich colours. Reading it makes you feel like going outdoors!

Discover quotes, mediations and encouraging self-discovery prompts through encounters with nature. This is a great book to start with if you’re looking to connect with your cottagecore self. 

12. Flowerheart by Catherine Bakewell

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If you’re looking for cottagecore fantasy romance books, Flowerheart will not disappoint. 

Clara’s enchanting flower magic has always been wild. However, when her magic accidentally poisons her father, she is desperate to find a way to heal him.

Fortunately, Xavier, her sweet and shy childhood bestfriend who is now a mysterious and handsome young man, is willing to help her.

13. Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian by Tim Probert

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Lightfall is a middle-age graphic novel series. However, graphic novels can be for all ages (it can be a cozy and soothing read for adults).

Bea’s adoptive dad is missing. She embarks on an adventure with a creature that is said to “not exist anymore” to find her father.

She lives in a cute little cottage in a forest, giving us readers cozy vibes.

14. Shady Hollow by Juneau Black 

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Shady Hollow is a trilogy that follows a fox detective who solves crimes in the woods. 

She wants to be a top-notch in her field of work, so she embarks on different adventures by solving different crime cases.

Because it is set in the woods, the story embodies cottagecore vibes.

15. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a fantasy romance read with the found family trope.

In this cottagecore witchy book, witches have to hide their magic. They are also forbidden to spend too much time with other witches because it’s risky and might expose their identity.

However, Mika embarks on an adventure when she receives an invite to a house, where she has to teach three budding witches about witchcraft.

If you like cottagecore books with a witchy vibe – cauldrons, potions and witchy ingredients, you’ll enjoy this book.

There’s also an enemies-to-lovers romance between a sunshine witch and a grumpy librarian.

16. The Little Book of Cottagecore by Emily Kent

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The Little Book of Cottagecore emphasizes the impotence of traditional skills for a simpler life. It teaches you everything from bee keeping to bread-making.

Learn everything you would need to know to make your home cozy. Unwind and relax with this easy to follow cottagecore manual to live your best cottagecore life.

17. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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In this book, we follow Mary Lennox, an orphan who comes to live at her uncle’s house on the Yorkshire Moors. She slowly discovers secrets about the mansion. 

Besides the fantasy and mystery element to it, as you read further into the story, this book will make you want to start your own garden!

18. Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulson

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Garlic and the Vampire is a cozy cottagecore graphic novel. This novel is great for overthinkers and anxious people, as we follow Garlic, who suffers from catastrophic thinking.

Garlic lives in a gardening community with all her little veggie friends. One day, they realize that there might be a vampire roaming the village and that Garlic is the only one that can protect them from the mysterious vampire.

This slice-of-life cozy fantasy novel will be sure to warm you up on chilly autumn nights.

19. The Moth Keeper by K. O’Neill

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If you enjoyed reading The Tea Dragon Society, you might like The Moth Keeper as it is written and illustrated by the same author.

This cozy character driven cottagecore graphic novel has great diversity and representation, just like the author’s previous books.

The Moth Keeper follows the journey of Anya, the protector of the lunar moths that allow the Night-Lily flower to bloom once a year. 

This novel encourages us to be our authentic self, educates us on the importance of companionship and how it is okay to ask for help at times.

20. Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods

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Hakumei & Mikochi is a wholesome and cozy manga about wood-like creatures that live a cottagecore life.

They pick their own food, forge their own things, and ride on the backs of insects and animals.

These creatures are precious and adorable, they’ll make you crave the cottagecore life.

Wrap Up: Cottagecore Books To Curl Up With

Here are some of my favourite cottagecore books, some of these books i’ve yet to read, but they’re on my list of cozy reads – especially for days where life seems a little bit harder to get through. I hope these books bring you joy!

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  1. I fully and completely agree with the first two and The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches. I also enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens, though it felt more autumnal to me. And I really want to read Flowerheart. I hope I get a chance to pick it up before spring comes to a close, because it seems like the perfect book for this season and I need SOMETHING to make me enjoy spring more haha.

    1. Ahh there’s so many cozy books to read! Yeah, Flowerheart sounds perfect for Spring, I should add that to my spring reading list.

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