Hey there! I don’t know about you but lately, it feels like quite a few of my reads have been romances and have been delivering a level of fluffy that has me looking like a heart eye emoji and gives a belly full of butterflies…and you know what, I’m not mad about this. The fact that many of these have been ARCS also makes me happy because it means that the masses will be getting lighter reading material. As someone who deals with a moderate level of anxiety, it’s been helpful to read books that aren’t super heavy…..and, okay, I will also admit that I also tend to avoid books that could be heavier than I can handle in the moment whenever it is possible (that’s why there are some books in my TBR that I haven’t been able to crack open).
So since everyone could use reads that would give them the warm and fuzzies, I figured I would share five Young Adult books that gave me that feeling. I did a short list of these in my post about POC kids deserving healthy relationships at the end of it but I’m going to speak about some of them here with a little more detail!
Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee: When I read this book, all I could do was fall in love with the two MCs (y’all know that Dual POVs are my jam) along side the gorgeous cover that beckoned me to it. The way that these seemingly opposite kids went from “enemies” to barely tolerated acquaintances then friends was just wonderful. I loved reading their evolutions and getting to laugh the entire way through… my eyes may have gotten glassy a time or two but not in a bad way!
Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle (out 5/31/22): This is a book that I was really excited about and it gave what I hoped it would. First the cover gave me Love & Basketball vibes (its one of my favorite movies) but with music and the book itself was that & Love Jones, but with a male MC I could stand behind. It was the Black Love Story that I wish that I had as a teen! While there were some heart wrenching moments (what romance doesn’t have them), there were more uplifting ones. I appreciated the balance of the MCs and their personal struggles along side their love story.
Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe (Out 5/31/22): This was another book that served classic Black Love Story from the 90s (which is my favorite era of movies). I ate this book up within a matter of hours because I was so drawn to Jupiter and Orion’s story. I loved that it was Dual POV and I felt that I was beside them the entire time as well as the fact that there was a bit of a mystery to unravel. I was just wrapped up in the story from beginning to end and did not put down my amazon fire the entire time.
Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho: This book gave me the right level of K-Drama and K-Pop that just made my heart so happy. It made me happy in the way other books inspired by K-Pop/Drama did and made me want to listen to nothing but K-Pop while reading. I loved that there was some alternate perspectives but I was really happy to read Elena’s perspective because she was so funny and was super relatable. Honestly, I just smiled the entire time I was reading it!
All Signs Point To Yes Anthology edited by g haron davis, Cam Montgomery and Adrianne White (Out 5/31/22): Ok, so if you know me, you know that I love anthologies and this one was no different. It gave me various love stories, from different backgrounds and varying genres based upon the astrological signs! It was a nice mix of fantasy and contemporary that was well balanced out. None of the stories felt heavy or overwhelming nor overpowered the others! If you are into different types of love stories and varying genres, you would likely enjoy it as well!
There are some other books that I’ve read but these five, I definitely felt good while reading. With how things have been in the world and even in my own personal life, it’s been helpful to just be able to read and feel light at the same time…it’s a relief to be completely honest!
Are you into books that give you the warm & fuzzies while reading? Are there any books that gave you that feeling recently? Let me know in the comments or on social media on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic and Clubhouse @bookishgrlmagic where you can find me mostly in book centered clubs/rooms (primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays). Also please subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because it makes me feel like I’ve read a bunch of books that gave me the warm & fuzzies! Yet again, thank you so much for being here and hope you continue to be! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love and wish you happy reading!