8 More Stress-Free Books // because one list was surely not enough

Stress-Free Books

WELL HELLO 🙂 I have been gone for 100 years. It was a long, completely unannounced, unplanned hiatus. Which is unlike me, as I support announcements and plans.

But I needed a break to treat my mental health, so I thought, what better way to come back than with another list of stress-free books????

If you’re dealing with things like anxiety or depression, you can now have a list of books that are just ~~~nice~~~ to read.

If you want to see 8 other stress-free books, here is my first list

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1.  Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills

Even though this isn’t Emma Mills’ best book, it’s still extremely cute. It’s about a group of friends in a small town, writing Important Emails and just being kind to one another.

Or being mean to each other and apologizing for it with their whole hearts.

This book will hold open its arms and give you a soft hug.

Famous in a Small Town

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2. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Frankly, it shocks and scandalizes me that more people aren’t in love with this book!! It’s highly fun and Alosa is a badass female pirate with mastermind survival skills.

Tricia Levenseller is treating us so well. I don’t even know if we deserve it.

And even though Alosa ends up in stressful situations, they don’t feel stressful because she’s a smart and physically dauntless human being.

I was never worried about her because, holy shit, have you seen her handle things????? COOL AS A CHILLED CUCUMBER.

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

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3. Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

This is my favorite Mariana Zapata so far, it is filled with happiness, DMs, and two people comforting one constantly just because they can and they will.

Then, eventually they meet in person???? And it’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever witnessed.

Dear Aaron

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4. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Even though the rest of this series makes me NERVOUS, book 1 is just about ~friendship and ~being there for one another.

Charlotte is descendant of Sherlock Holmes and you just know she’s going to be fine, there’s no doubts because she’s a corporeal god (of problem solving)

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

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5. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

SUCH A SWEET, ADORABLE STORY. Everything about this is highly underrated, and I go to bed every night wondering why this book isn’t considered a beloved monument????

The story follows the “friend” character and let me just say, he is a bisexual disaster blessing. Elliot is so funny and refuses to cater to anyone.

I read this book in one sitting, over the course of my entire Sunday and it was the warmest, tenderest experience of my life.

In Other Lands

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6. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I wasn’t sure if I should put this on the list, because I’m only about 20% into the audiobook, so what if everything goes down hill very soon???????? But the tone to me feels SO CLASSY and like a fairy tale.

And you know how in a fairy tale, things are intense and maybe even gory, but you feel no stress but “well this is a fairy tale what did I expect, peace and joy?” lol yeah right

That’s how this story feels.

Plus, the main characters are all girls, so things will most likely turn out even better than they were in the first place.

Spinning Silver

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7. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Every time I think about this book I smile with joy, because they love one another so adorably much.

And you know how when you’re reading a book, and there’s conflict and you think “this character should be following my advice, I cannot watch this”

Well, Alex always does exactly what I’ll hope he’ll do, and he saves the goddamn day. I was never worried once because my bisexual hero knows exactly how to handle boyfriends and general life.

I trust my son.

Red, White & Royal Blue

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8. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This story is the epitome of zero stress, just look at how much fun they’re already having on the cover.

So much friendship and lightheartedness.

I listened to the audiobook and smiled constantly, it’s one of those books that leads you to by the hand away from all your issues and instead toward /////////being a villain////////


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Share Your Thoughts!

What are your favorite stress-free books? I have been both physically and mentally exhausted my entire life, I need the gentlest books of all time

Also, who are your favorite characters that are Extremely Good™️ at addressing things?




81 thoughts on “8 More Stress-Free Books // because one list was surely not enough

  1. Emily Nicholas says:

    Daughter of the pirate king is one of my favorites. There’s a lot of others on here that I still need to and want to read.


  2. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Another fantastic post! I love when you talk about stress-free books because I need them so badly right now 🙂 I keep hearing SO SO much Red, White, and Royal Blue, I might have to check it out to see why everyone is loving it so much 😄


  3. Silvia says:

    In Other Lands!!! RW&RB!!!!! I love them both so much!!! I also really need to get myself a copy of Nimona because I feel like it’s my duty to and I also love Noelle Stevenson so much?? ughhh why haven’t I read it yet!!!
    anyway great post and I really appreciate lists like these ♥

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  4. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    HI MALANIE! I’ve been gone from the blogosphere lately too (school has been absorbing ALL my time lately!), but am so happy to see another post of yours! And YAY! I love stress free books so much. Daughter of the Pirate King was such a fun read, and I adore it to pieces. I read it one sitting last year. Hehe. I really want to pick up Nimona and Famous in a Small Town soon, since I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback for both!

    Wonderful post as always, sweets! ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      KELLY!!! i’ve missed you and I can’t wait to read your blog posts too, ILYSM

      I was so surprised that I loved Daughter of the Pirate King, I thought it was going to be cheesy, i don’t know why XD but I’m just so proud of Alosa and her being a ruthless captain c:

      + you would love Nimona and think it was so adorable and v cool, the audiobook had giant sound effects, i had the time of my life ❤

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  5. Sandra says:

    Sometimes we so need an hiatus 😀
    I recently read a book by Emma Mills and by Mariana Zapata and loved them both so I’m gonna check the ones you recommend.
    I have one of Naomi Novik’s books on my bookshelves, just need a little time to read it hahaha
    And I already discovered Red, white and royal blue and looks amazing. I so ned that hahaha

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      i agree so much, I highly recommend hiatuses to every blogger I talk to, it’s so necessary something to prevent burning out lkfj

      + ahh hooray, i’m so glad you love Emma and Mariana!!!!!!!! I still need to read “Kulti” by Mariana, gosh it’s going to be such a good book


  6. Julianna @ Paper Blots says:

    Omg I’m reading RWRB right now and it’s… so good.. I LOVE THE CHARACTERS SO MUCH AND THE Banter Is JUST AMAZING I CAN’T GET OVER IT AAAH!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Also, I cannot believe you put Daughter of the Pirate Queen on there LMAO. I agree overall but that last situation Alosa was in… was so stressful…

    Should I read Dear Aaron? I loved Mariana Zapata's other book, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ISN’T ALEX THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFT???? every time I read an email between them ❤ they love each other so much, it's too pure for our astral plane, and the way they started out as enemies and became FRIENDS and then kind of best friends, and fell in love ❤ dear god.

      + i completely forgot about that scene!!!!! dflkj I think i just knew that Alosa would completely dominate the entire situation so i just was v calm

      + I DID NOT KNOW YOU LOVEd WINNIPEG!! I read that one too but I love Dear Aaron even more, because over half the book is done through DMs and emails, which is my #1 weakness w romance books. And they're best friends first and foremost, which single-handedly attacks my feelings. i think u would love their soft relationship c:

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      • Julianna @ Paper Blots says:

        Alex is. AMAZING he’s so hilarious and I love his friends so much and their banter 😭😭😭😭😌😌😌 SO. WHOLESOME!!!!

        YES I LOVED WINNIPEG but I kind of don’t mark a lot of the romance books I read on gr because ??? idk ???? it’s wild man. AAAAH okay I love reading DMs too but also,,, I’m super unsure about Dear Aaron. ILL STILL READ IT because Mariana Zapata!! even tho I didn’t like the Luka book

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  7. Louise Brady, Author says:

    😀 Malanie’s back! Missed you, but can totally understand the need for a break, it’s so important to take care of ourselves. Hope you’re feeling better?

    I need this list so bad, especially bad-ass female pirates, to escape from the hell of university assignments. I’m currently reading a Cinderella retelling with fandom, text messaging, and a TV show convention instead of a ball. I hate the original Cinderella but I quite like this version, and it seems pretty stress free!

    (Also, I’m getting a Merlin kitten! :D)

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LOUISE ive missed u too!!!!!!!! I’m feeling much better now, mostly due to my exposure to badass female pirates 😭 WE NEED MORE OF THEM IN LITERATURE, where are theyyy????

      + ahh that version of Cinderella sounds so cute, i love text messages in books with my whole heart. I’m still in search of a Cinderella story w a male Cinderella and a girl to play the part of Prince Charming, I just think it would be so new and adorable


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      • Louise Brady, Author says:

        Yay, glad to hear it 😀 My favourite female pirate was Elaine from the Monkey Island video games. All I want is books with more characters like her, because she was bad-ass.

        If you ever find a good male Cinderella story, let me know, that sounds awesome 🙂 (If I wasn’t so enamoured with the new m/m Beauty and the Beast idea I have, I might adopt that one too xD)

        I am so excited and he’s so fluffy and I pick him up in 2 days and I can’t wait (l)

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  8. Sahi says:

    This is such a wonderful list and I really need to read some of them….
    And what I can I say about RWRB that you haven’t already.. it’s the most adorable love story I’ve read in quite a while… Alex and Henry are 😍😍😍

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  9. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener says:

    YESSSSS!!! More books to heal Loretta’s shattered stressed heart!!! 💔❤️ I love this list! I’ve never heard of Dear Aaron before, so now I’m very curious. And I’ve been so flipping excited for Red, White, & Royally Blue and I’m SO HAPPY it’s Malanie approved and stress free!!!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LORETTA, I HAVE MISSED YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY💜 omg Dear Aaron is so good, I think u would really love the main characters,,and they’re strangers-friends-best friends-lovers,,,which DESTROYS my very soul.


  10. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Welcome back Malanie. 🙂 It’s great to see you blogging again but I hope you had a relaxing unplanned hiatus (I’ve needed to take a couple of those myself sometimes you just need some time away from it all).
    These are some great recommendations. I really need to read Emma Mills’ books so I may save them for when I’m in the mood for some stress-free reading. 🙂 I really loved Spinning Silver and I hope you enjoy the rest of it as well. It definitely has a classic fairytale vibe but as a lover of fairytale retellings I loved that about it.
    Red, White and Royal Blue is high on my TBR list, it sounds so cute I can’t wait to get started on it.
    Great post, and again it’s great to see you back blogging again. 🙂 ❤

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  11. Marie says:

    Good to see you back, love, hope you’re doing okay!! ❤ ❤
    I love this list so much! I feel like Emma Mills' books are the best choice if you're looking for something soft and cute and just heartwarming that makes you smile like an idiot while reading. I LOVE these kind of books so much ❤

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  12. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    Daughter of The Pirate King is really enjoyable to read but I have quite a few problems with Alose ahah! But I LOVE A Study in Charlotte – i really need to read the rest of the series soon! The Summer of Us feels like such a stress-free book to me. i’ve never read an emma mills book because i’m not into contemporary authors too much but I do want to try out at least one fo her books! Great post ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      A Study in Charlotte will forever live on in my heart as one of the best stranger-friends-best friends stories in history c: Their friendship is so pure in book one?????????

      + I just looked up The Summer of Us and it seems so wholesome, THE GIANT FRIEND CIRCLE

      also omg Ilsa I think u would love Emma Mills!!!! Emma sets new standards for contemporary ❤ Start with Foolish Hearts ((((Gideon is a human puppy rainbow slkdjflksdjflkdsjf))))) and you will never go back

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  13. Daria|Bookaholic's Therapy☄ says:

    What a great list for my spring break!!! I would really need some cute books to relieve the stress from my exams😁
    And I really want to read some books by Emma Mills. I heard so many great things about each one of them and the covers are just gorgeous😻😻

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      these books would be so perfect for spring break,,they will erase all stress and replace it with adorable wholesomeness c: c: c:

      + EMMA MILLS OMG,,,,I always say start with Foolish Hearts because Gideon is too adorable for words. he needs to be protected against this cruel world

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  14. Elysa says:

    I love a stress-free book. Fredrik Backman’s books feel that way for me, and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was another one that just felt nice. There’s drama but not too much, and you totally know it will all work out anyway.

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      • Elysa says:

        I’ve read that one and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (my personal favorite of his), Britt Marie Was Here (kind of a sequel to Grandmother), and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. They’re all delightfully wholesome.

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  15. Olivia @ Purely Olivia says:

    MALANIE, HI, I missed you so much!! Seeing this post made me so, so happy, my friend. I hope you’re doing well. ❤

    Thank you for all these amazing recs?!! I recently read Famous in A Small Town and found it properly stress-free and adorable. I think it's actually my fave Emma Mills book, after Foolish Hearts of course! I am literally waiting on the edge of my seat for my library to get Red, White, & Royal Blue because it looks utterly adorable.

    I'm definitely adding all of these to my TBR now- lovely post!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OLIVIA!!!!!!! *wipes tears from eyes* I HAVE MISSED YOU AS WELLLLLLL

      Famous in a Small Town was so cute, and if it weren’t so adorable i would NOT have survived that evil surprise twist at the end????? I WAS JUST SITTING THERE, NEEDING A HUG AFTER BEING SURPRISED.

      + I cannot wait for you to read RW&RB, you are going to love it most of all, I think it might be one of your new favorites 🙂 and I think it’s getting a tv show or movie lskdfj

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  16. Jodi Fisher says:

    Great post!

    I haven’t read any of these books, but they definitely sound like they are worth a read. Hope to check out a few of these books.

    One of my favorite books is Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. It was a great read. And there was a tv series adaptation on Starz that was very well done.

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  17. insidemylibrarymind says:

    *adds all of these to my TBR*

    I have no idea if I even have a stress free book? All of Emma Mills? Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen which was my fave YA when I wad younger? ALL other books I am thinking of are incredibly stressful. Anyways, great post as always, LOVED IT 💕

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      HOORAY, I hope you love themmmm!!!

      + omg you just brought me right back to my Sarah Dessen days & I HAVE MISSED HER, I remember crying at the end of “Just Listen” and thinking,,,,”damn this is the pinnacle of romance it will never get better this”

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  18. Lauren @ twenty-seven letters says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to read some of these books; while sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat books can be beyond exciting, I sometimes need to read a book that doesn’t make me want to pull all of my hair out! I’m definitely adding these to my TBR. Great post!!

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  19. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books says:

    I always feel stressed when reading! 😅 I can’t think of any books that are “stress-free” for me, other than some books I like to reread. Then, I already know what happens, so I don’t have to worry!

    Anyways, this is great list of books! Can’t wait to try them and not be stressed, haha! 😊

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      lol SAME FOR ME, reading just makes me feel so much and sometimes I have to DNF just because a story stresses me out sldkfjlk

      + that’s so true, it’s so comforting to reread and know exactly what’s happening


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