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Your Top 10 Cozy Books Set in California to Read This Fall

Your Top 10 Cozy Books Set in California to Read This Fall

Discover the top 10 cozy books set in California for a heartwarming fall read. From Monterey to Hollywood, get lost in tales. Team


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October 31, 2023

As the leaves change colors and the temperatures start to drop, there's no better way to spend your evenings than cozied up with a good book. And what better setting for your fall reads than the Golden State itself? From the rugged coasts of Big Sur to the glamorous boulevards of Hollywood, California serves as the perfect backdrop to many heartwarming tales. Without further ado, here are the top ten cozy books set in California to read this fall:

"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty

Set in the tranquil, seaside town of Monterey, this tale of friendship, secrets, and lies will captivate you. It perfectly captures the essence of small-town life while dealing with dark undertones.

"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Dive into the world of Old Hollywood glamour and drama. Evelyn Hugo, a reclusive movie star, reveals the untold stories of her life, her marriages, and her success in this heartwarming tale set in the heart of Los Angeles.

"South of Broad" by Pat Conroy

This one takes readers through San Francisco's beauty, charting the friendships, love affairs, and tragedies of its diverse cast of characters. A touching portrayal of friendship, loyalty, and the charm of California's most iconic city.

"The Girls" by Emma Cline

Set in the late 1960s, this book delves into the world of a young girl who gets drawn into a cult in Northern California. It's a mesmerizing, evocative read that captures the spirit and unease of the times.

"Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins

A quirky love story set against the backdrop of California and its countercultural vibes. This book is both a romance and a philosophical pondering, making it perfect for those cozy, reflective fall evenings.

"The Lemon Orchard" by Luanne Rice

Set in Malibu, this is a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and redemption. As the characters navigate their own personal tragedies, they find solace in each other and the stunning landscapes of the Californian coast.

"Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon

Dive into the heart of Oakland, where two friends run a used vinyl shop. This book beautifully captures the soul of the city, its diversity, and the intricate relationships of its residents.

"Golden State" by Michelle Richmond

A love letter to San Francisco, this novel delves into the complexities of marriage, family, and the decisions we make. Its intricate plot and deeply drawn characters make for an engrossing read.

"The Edge of the Earth" by Christina Schwarz

Journey to a remote lighthouse on the rugged coast of Big Sur in this atmospheric novel. It's a gripping tale of isolation, love, and the lengths we go to find ourselves.

"Play It As It Lays" by Joan Didion

Set in the 1960s, this classic captures the malaise and ennui of Hollywood's glittering world. It's a stark, unflinching look at life in the fast lane, and Didion's sharp prose makes it a must-read.

Each of these novels, in its own unique way, taps into the essence of California, capturing the spirit, beauty, and complexity of this vast state. So grab a blanket, brew some tea, and dive into these cozy reads that'll transport you straight to the heart of California. Fall is here, and there's no better time to indulge in some literary escapism.

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