Feel-good fiction in general
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...besides cozy mysteries, what other tea-and-blankie general fiction series/authors would you recommend for a really bad case of the January blahs? (Jan Karon is the first author that pops to mind.)
I am on the fifth title, Dearest Dorothy, Merry Everything! in the Welcome to Partonville series by Charlene Ann Baumbich. Fuzzy, cozy, and there's a grin guaranteed every time you pick them up. Very similiar to the Mitford series, except there's a white-haired, bunco-playing, tank-sized-LTD-driving grandma instead of an Episcopal priest.
I actually think this genre, which I think of as "gentle" reads, is somewhat ignored. I assume that there are many books and authors that fit this category, but they are hard to find.
I agree with you, ToRead, about the 'gentle' reads being a neglected category of books. I dare say all of us have what we consider to be comfort reads, whether they would fall into the gentle category or not.
Another couple of titles that I treasure, most likely out of print and a tetch hard to find are The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman (Appalachian mountain woman) and One Basket, a set of short stories by Edna Ferber.
The Elm Creek Quilt books by Jennifer Chiaverini are more contemporary and I think could fall in the "gentle" category, too.
Looking forward to seeing what others add to the list.
Thrush Green is the village & the books are usually under the author's pseud. of "Miss Read" but I can't remember her real name.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Letters from Skye
Anything by Rosamunde Pilcher, simply for her sumptuous descriptions of the setting...nobody can do it like she can!
The Forgotten Garden...a little gothic creepiness but not much
The Light Between Oceans