Sure, I like to dress up. But I don’t like scary. I don’t watch horror movies or read thrillers. So if you’re like me, maybe all you want to do tonight is cuddle up with something delightful and happy—something that won’t keep you up late in the night, at least not because you’re scared.
These books are the perfect antidote to Halloween:
- Pride and Prejudice – As long as you don’t accidentally pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you’ll be fine. Nothing beats the “AWW”-inspiring love of Mr. Darcy.
- Kisses from Katie – Maybe you’re in the mood for some non-fiction. This is the true account of one brave young woman’s love for motherless children in Uganda.
- Big Girl Panties – Holly, the sassy protagonist, would never be scared at Halloween. She’s too busy working her *ss off (literally) and pining after the handsome celebrity trainer Logan. Truly chick lit at its finest.
- Bossypants – You can’t be scared when you’re laughing hysterically. You just can’t.
- I’ll Be Seeing You – This story of two pen pals during WWII could be sad and depressing, but it’s heart-warming and funny. Grab your best friend and read it together.
- The Uncommon Reader – Who doesn’t love the royals? This novella pays homage to the joys of reading and writing, while also imagining what life must be like for a living legend, Queen Elizabeth II.
- Anna and the French Kiss – This YA treasure is so much fun. Anna is precocious and adorable, and her story brings back all of the butterflies of your first love. Set in (I’ve heard) the most romantic city on earth: Paris!
- Lola and the Boy Next Door – This is another Stephanie Perkins YA novel that will cheer you up. Lola is a teenager trying to discover her identity, and figuring out where her old crush, Cricket, fits into her new life.
- Fangirl – This book feels like drinking champagne—all bubbly and cute. It’s my favorite by acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell.
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – For avid readers, and especially those of us in the industry, this book puts into words so much of the love we have for the written word.