Cozy Cottagecore Books

Cozy Cottagecore Books

Is there anything better than settling in with a good book on a rainy day?illustrated stack of books
Or reading a book in a sunny garden?
Or snuggling in bed with a book on a stormy night?
Or just any reason to stay in and read, really?
If you're looking for something cozy to read to get you in the Cottagecore mood,
check out these favorites recommended by our Mythologie Team!

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Delightfully illustrated, this story of two sisters who live in a charming woodland cottage expands upon the classic fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, telling about the sisters' life in their woodland cabin surrounded by magic and mystery.
graphic from snow and rose

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Warning, this one will make you cry. A young man travels throughout Japan, reconnecting with childhood friends and remembering the past with his beloved cat. While a more modern setting, this book includes discussion of gardens and a lot of quiet moments between a man and his feline companion. Bittersweet and charming.

A Time To Keep by Tasha Tudor

This gentle journey through a year on the farm is charmingly illustrated and details, month by month, celebrations of a rural family. It's worth having this book on hand for the pictures alone.
page layout from A Time To Keep featuring kids floating lanters in the river

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

While I would also recommend the movie version of this story (they are very different but both have that cozy vibe), this story is a truly charming tale of a young Sophie Hatter who finds herself magically aged into a little old woman. When she encounters the titular moving castle of the "wicked" Wizard Howl, she takes a job as his cleaning woman--cozy chaos and magic ensue.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

A perennial childhood classic, this soft tale of growing up, finding your place, and the joys of imagination has entertained young and old for over a century.

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Friendly forest animals living in a rural community, having picnics and adventures. What's not to love? Enjoy the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and of course, the incorrigible Mr. Toad as they try to protect the sanctity of their precious Toad Hall.
illustration from Wind and the Willows

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Many of us grew up with this classic about the American frontier. Watch Laura and her sisters grow from children to adults. Full of rich details about day to day life in the 1800s.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

While brought to wide popularity by Disney, the original illustrated stories about a boy and his bear are not to be missed. Filled with gentle hijinks, charming poetry, and cheerful humor, these stories were written for children but still provide a soothing read for adults.
illustration of pooh and piglet in a garden from Winnie the Pooh

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Discover the healing power of nature with three children bringing a neglected garden to life and uncovering the secrets of Misselthwaite Manor.

Pretty much ALL Jane Austen

Tea parties, country manors, and quiet days reading, these books sweep you away to the past, a long time favorite of many Cottagecore readers.

Honorable mentions:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
All Beatrix Potter
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 
Pumpkin Spice Pie Jinks by Selina J. Eckert
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Vincent in Wonderland by C. E. White
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
Pages & Co by Anna James
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  • Laura Schweitzer

    Also the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques! Anthropomorphized woodland animals living peacefully together in a beautiful redstone Abbey, with quests, adventures, and descriptions of scrumptious feasts aplenty? Sign me up!

  • Sarah

    Also all Brambly Hedge stories! By Jill Barklem.

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