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7 Cottagecore Books to transport you!

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Did you know that the spirit of Cottagecore can also be found in classic literature? Dive into these seven books that capture the essence of Cottagecore and indulge in the cozy charm of a bygone era.


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If you're drawn to the cozy, idyllic lifestyle of Cottagecore, you'll love immersing yourself in the pages of these charming books. From classic children's literature to modern memoirs, these works of fiction and non-fiction capture the spirit of simplicity, nature, and rural living that Cottagecore enthusiasts crave. So brew a cup of tea, curl up with a blanket, and lose yourself in these seven delightful reads.


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1. "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett


This beloved classic follows the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl who becomes orphaned and sent to live with her uncle in England. Mary's life takes a magical turn when she discovers a hidden and neglected garden within the estate's grounds. With the help of her friend, Dickon, and her cousin, Colin, Mary begins to revive the garden, and in turn, the garden works its wonders on their lives. As they spend time outdoors, nurturing plants and exploring the beauty of nature, their hearts and spirits are healed, bringing a sense of renewal and happiness to their lives. "The Secret Garden" is a heartwarming tale of friendship, discovery, and the transformative power of nature's beauty.



2. "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery


In this timeless classic, readers are introduced to Anne Shirley, an imaginative and spirited young girl who mistakenly gets sent to the Cuthbert siblings, Matthew and Marilla, who were expecting a boy to help them on their farm. Despite the initial mix-up, Anne's vibrant personality and charm quickly win the hearts of the Cuthberts and the entire community of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. As Anne navigates her way through life, she finds solace in the beauty of the island's landscapes and the simple joys of nature. Her love for "kindred spirits" and her vivid imagination bring warmth and joy to the lives of those around her. "Anne of Green Gables" is a delightful tale of love, friendship, and the enchanting world of rural living.


3. "The Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Set in the late 1800s, this autobiographical novel follows the Ingalls family as they leave the comfort of their home in Wisconsin to settle in the vast prairies of the American Midwest. Through young Laura Ingalls' eyes, readers experience the challenges and triumphs of pioneering life as the family builds their home and embraces the untamed wilderness. The book beautifully captures the family's strong bond and their reliance on one another to survive and thrive in their new surroundings. As the Ingalls family faces harsh weather, encounters with wildlife, and the struggle to cultivate the land, they learn valuable lessons about perseverance, resilience, and the beauty of a simple life connected to nature.






4. "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" by Edith Holden


This enchanting book is a visual treat, showcasing the nature sketches and observations of artist Edith Holden during the years 1906 and 1907. Filled with delicate watercolors and detailed writings, the diary offers a glimpse into the flora and fauna of the English countryside. Edith Holden's keen eye for detail captures the essence of each season, from blooming flowers in spring to the golden hues of autumn. As readers flip through the pages, they embark on a journey through the changing landscapes and witness the wonders of nature throughout the year. "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" is a celebration of nature's beauty and an invitation to appreciate the little wonders that surround us every day.



5. "A Year in Provence" by Peter Mayle


In this delightful memoir, Peter Mayle takes readers on a humorous and heartwarming journey through his experiences of living in the picturesque region of Provence in southern France. When Peter and his wife decide to move from England to Provence, they are met with the joys and challenges of renovating an old farmhouse and adapting to the French way of life. Through the changing seasons, readers witness the beauty of the Provençal countryside, the mouthwatering delights of the local cuisine, and the warmth of the community. As Peter immerses himself in the culture and traditions of Provence, he discovers the art of slowing down and appreciating the simple pleasures of life, from leisurely meals with friends to exploring the idyllic landscapes that inspired countless artists over the centuries.



6. "The Cottage Kitchen" by Marte Marie Forsberg


This visually stunning cookbook is a delightful blend of recipes, personal stories, and breathtaking photographs. Marte Marie Forsberg, a Norwegian native, shares her love for food and the countryside as she takes readers on a culinary journey inspired by her upbringing and her life in the rural English countryside. The book features a variety of delicious recipes that celebrate seasonal ingredients and the joy of cooking with love and intention. From hearty soups to delectable desserts, each dish reflects the simplicity and warmth of cottage living. As readers flip through the pages, they are treated not only to mouthwatering recipes but also to charming anecdotes and reflections on the connection between food, nature, and the heart.



7. "The Art of Simple Living" by Shunmyo Masuno


Written by Shunmyo Masuno, a Japanese Zen monk and garden designer, "The Art of Simple Living" offers a profound perspective on embracing simplicity and mindfulness in everyday life. The book provides practical insights and gentle wisdom to help readers declutter their minds and create space for peace and tranquility. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese principles, Masuno encourages readers to find beauty in simplicity, whether through the arrangement of a serene garden or the act of mindfully savoring a cup of tea. With a focus on living in harmony with nature and finding contentment in the present moment, "The Art of Simple Living" serves as a gentle guide for anyone seeking to cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling life.


So, why resist the call of charm and whimsy beckoning you to grace your bookshelf? Dive headfirst into these treasured pages, where hope blooms, friendships flourish, and healing magic ignites the soul. Embrace the allure of Cottagecore, let nature embrace you in its embrace, and find yourself enchanted by the timeless allure of these seven books. Whether it's the crackling fire, a soft blanket, or a cup of tea, let yourself be transported to a world of wonder and rediscover the art of simple living, one page at a time.





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