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Low-stakes fiction when you need a break from a high-stakes world

World-saving journeys and dark crime stories can wear you out, so here are some fantasies, mysteries, romances, and more that keep it on the lighter side.
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  • Under the Whispering Door

    by TJ Klune ...
    A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND INDIE BESTSELLEROne of Buzzfeed's "Best Books of 2022"!An Indie Next Pick!**A Locus Awards Top Ten Finalist for Fantasy NovelA Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerul... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

    Series Book 2 - Emily Wilde
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When mysterious faeries from other realms appear at her university, curmudgeonly professor Emily Wilde must uncover their secrets before it’s too late, in this heartwarming, enchanting second installment of the Emily Wilde series.Emily Wilde is a genius scholar of faerie folklore who just wrote the world’s first comprehensive encyclopaedia of faeries. She’s learned many ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

    “This is one of my coziest reads of the last year, and I find myself thinking about its enchanted setting all the time.” - Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling authorA warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family—and a new love—changes the course of her life.As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • A Natural History of Dragons

    A Memoir by Lady Trent

    by Marie Brennan ...
    Series Book 1 - The Lady Trent Memoirs
    Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Remarkably Bright Creatures

    A Read with Jenna Pick

    A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!“Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See HereFor fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlike ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon

    Series Book 1 - Mead Mishaps
    A USA Today Bestseller • An Amazon Best Book of January 2024 • An IndieNext List Pick"One of the freshest voices in fantasy romance! This book has it all: spice, humor, and a world I want to get lost in." —Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling authorSpice trader Cinnamon’s quiet life is turned upside down when she ends up on a quest with a fiery demon, in this irreverently quirky rom-com ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Human

    Series Book 3 - Mead Mishaps
    When a spirited young woman with a penchant for adventure finds herself locked away in a dragon’s tower, she realizes that fate has a peculiar sense of humor when it comes to her romantic prospects, in this laugh-out-loud fantasy rom-com.All children are told fairytales. Some are epic adventures with high stakes and exciting twists, while others are tales of pitiful princesses trapped in boring ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries

    Series Book 1 - Emily Wilde
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north in this “incredibly fun journey through fae lands and dark magic” (NPR), the start of a heartwarming and enchanting new fantasy series.“A darkly gorgeous fantasy that sparkles with snow and magic.”—Sangu Mandanna, author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular WitchesA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built

    Series Book 1 - Monk & Robot
    Winner of the Hugo Award!In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, bestselling Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series, gives us hope for the future.It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.One day, the ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Legends & Lattes

    A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

    Series series Legends & Lattes
    An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2022A Library Reads PickAn Indie Next PickA Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award NomineeThe much-beloved BookTok sensation, Travis Baldree's novel of high fantasy and low stakes.*This new edition includes a very special, never-before-seen bonus story, 'Pages to Fill.'*After ... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

    **A USA Today bestsellerA lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties.**Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady—ah, lady of a certain age—who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Paladin's Grace

    by T. Kingfisher ...
    Stephen's god died on the longest day of the year…Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks ... Read more

    $5.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Princess Bride

    S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

    William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers.A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts—The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea

    by TJ Klune ...
    Series Book 1 - Cerulean Chronicles
    A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!A 2021 Alex Award winner!The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!An Indie Next Pick!One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Curious Beginning

    Series Book 1 - A Veronica Speedwell Mystery
    The New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries returns once more to Victorian England and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell....London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Bookshops & Bonedust

    Series series Legends & Lattes
    An Instant #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Indie BestsellerA Barnes & Noble Best Fantasy Book of 2023**An Amazon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2023When an injury throws a young, battle-hungry orc off her chosen path, she may find that what we need isn't always what we seek.**Set in the world of New York Times bestselling Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree's Bookshops &... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Tress of the Emerald Sea

    A Cosmere Novel

    Series Book 1 - Secret Projects
    #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson expands his Cosmere universe shared by The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn with a new standalone novel for everyone who loved The Princess Bride.The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    Series Book 1 - Wayfarers
    The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series!Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Thursday Murder Club

    A Novel

    by Richard Osman ...
    Series Book 1 - A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
    A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —ParadeFour septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with he... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Swordheart

    by T. Kingfisher ...
    Return to the world of Clockwork Boys in an all new novel of sword, sorcery, and romance by T. Kingfisher!Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle's estate... and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold

    Series Book 1 - Before the Coffee Gets Cold Series
    ***NOW AN LA TIMES BESTSELLER**OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD**AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER***If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet?In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time.Over the course of ... Read more

    $12.49 USD

  • The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

    by Megan Bannen ...
    "A uniquely charming mixture of whimsy and the macabre that completely won me over. If you ever wished for an adult romance that felt like Howl's Moving Castle, THIS IS THAT BOOK." —Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss QuotientHart is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the strange and magical wilds of Tanria. It’s an unforgiving job, and Hart’s got nothing but time to ponder his loneliness.Mercy never ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

    A Novel

    by Elle Cosimano ...
    Series Book 1 - The Finlay Donovan Series
    "Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.A USA Today bestseller!One of Suspense Magazine's "Best Thrillers of 2021"One of New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021Nominated for the Left Coast Crime 2022 Lefty Award for the Best Humorous Mystery“Finlay Donovan is irresistible!”—Janet EvanovichFinlay Donovan is killing it . . . exce... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • That Time I Got Drunk and Yeeted a Love Potion at a Werewolf

    Series Book 2 - Mead Mishaps
    Cheesemaker Brie has the world’s worst luck in love, which is how she ends up falling for a lactose intolerant werewolf, in this raunchy, laugh-out-loud rom-com fantasy by the genre’s freshest new voice, Kimberly Lemming.Brie’s never been particularly coordinated…or lucky. Who else would accidentally throw a drink at someone’s head only to miss entirely and hit a stranger behind them? And who else ... Read more

    $9.99 USD