Choose a comfortable video game and get a book recommendation

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It’s never a bad time to spend an evening with a comfortable video game. What I look for in a video game above most other qualities is how heartwarming it is. I love games that offer a little break from real life stressors. This year I even downloaded the mobile version of Stardew Valley to my phone if I’m having trouble. The idea is that I can decompress with five or ten minutes of farming escape and get back to what’s troubling me with a clearer mind. So far it has worked wonderfully.

If you like books as comfortable as the games you play, you’ve come to the right place for recommendations. Here I’ve collected eight games and paired them with books that offer a similar feeling. Are you also looking for comfortable game recordings? I have also included a brief description of the games mentioned. You might find your next favorite book and game all in one place.

Once you’ve browsed through the entries here and found plenty of recommendations, you can discover more wellness recommendations in this roundup of book club uplifting readings. Each is perfect for chatting with a group. Nothing better than a book that makes you happy, except a group to share it with.

If you like cozy groveLily…

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Welcome to Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald

Cozy Grove takes place on a haunted island, where it’s the player’s job to take care of the spirits that inhabit the place. In this warm and thoughtful novel, however, the heroine is a ghost trying to take care of the life she left behind. After the death of Henny, an employee of the Pine Away Motel, she decides to stay a little longer as a spirit in order to comfort her friends and her community in any way possible.

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The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: A Journey Down the Appalachian Trail by Derick Lugo

A Short Hike is a beautiful and heartwarming video game where players can explore trails, connect with hikers, and simply enjoy their virtual outdoor time. In this warm and humorous memoir, comedian Derick Lugo reflects on his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail (including how he got the trail name “Mr. Fabulous”).

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Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Like Coffee Talk, Legends & Lattes is a thoughtful story about a slice of life that takes place over a fantastic coffee. Viv dreams of opening her own cafe and saying goodbye to the barbaric life. Unexpected setbacks and frenzies from her warrior past threaten to hold her back from her dream, but she’s determined to build the life she’s always wanted.

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Archival quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz

In Spiritfarer, players are ferrymen whose job it is to guide the spirit to the afterlife and, in the meantime, provide for it. Although Archival quality takes place in the archives of a museum, the heroine tries to understand and cure a ghost. When Celeste “Cel” Walden begins her new job as an archivist at the Walden Library, she begins to dream of a woman who, though she has never met, feels compelled to help.

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From Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower

Have you ever said to yourself, “I love the farming setting and tight-knit community of Stardew Valley, but what if it added a little…murder?” Then this cozy mystery is all for you.

After Shiloh Bellamy returns home to operate the family farm, she becomes the prime suspect in a murder case when her investor is found dead under suspicious circumstances. To clear his name, Shiloh must immerse himself in this small town community and find the real killer while working hard to keep his farm afloat.

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Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Garden Story and Garlic and the Vampire Follow the brave fruits and vegetables on a mission to protect their garden community from harm. When a suspected vampire takes up residence in the abandoned castle in the woods, Garlic is chosen from among his friends in the garden to hunt him down. After all, vampires are afraid of garlic… right?

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Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q.Sutanto

Later Alligator is a comedy game in which the player helps an alligator named Pat to solve a mystery on his birthday party. If you like stories full of mystery and humor, Dial A for Aunties is the perfect choice for your next read. It follows the misadventures of Meddelin “Meddy” Chan, his mother and three aunts as they try to cover up Meddy’s accidental blind date death at a destination wedding.

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If you like Abzutry…

Book cover of What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins ​​by Jonathan Balcombe

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe

In Abzû, players can venture into the depths of a virtual open-world ocean. If the game leaves you fascinated by marine life and want to learn more, you’ll want to check it out. What a fish knows. In it, ethologist Jonathan Balcombe explores the inner worlds and complexities of fish around the world.

Looking for more books like your favorite heartwarming games? Check out these book recommendations for Animal Crossing fans.

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