Goblin Mode: How to Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck (Hardcover)

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As I read this book, wrapped up in my coziest blankets and surrounded by my favorite trinkets and plethora of craft projects, both finished and unfinished, a realization dawned on me… I think I might be a goblin. Goblin-core is about reveling in your imperfections, embracing coziness, and taking the time to see the beauty and magic in all the little things in life. After reading this I’d definitely like to get even more acquainted with the fun and eccentric lifestyle that is “Goblin-core”. A great read for anyone looking to embrace their goblin side and the perfect gift for your favorite goblin pal to add to their nest made of shiny rocks and cozy socks.
— From Ali's Picks (page 2)


Embrace your inner goblin! Learn to decorate, dress, craft, forage, and live according to the goblin principles of community, diversity, and joyful mess.

Do you ever feel strange, gross, chaotic, underappreciated, or like you don’t quite fit in? Great news: you might be a goblin! That means your imperfections and idiosyncrasies are the most awesome things about you, and you can build a more harmonious life by accepting and honoring them—taking inspiration from the frogs, fungi, moss, rocks, and dirt that goblins love.

Goblin Mode includes life advice for celebrating physical and mental diversity, rejecting prejudice, and generally hanging on to a little joy. Can a mushroom give you fashion tips? Can a snail teach you to be a happier person? You bet they can—and in this book you’ll also learn to:

  • Create a moss garden for your lair
  • Grow and use medicinal plants
  • Forage for berries (even in the city)
  • Mend your cozy sweaters
  • Display your cool rock collection
  • And more!

Featuring 25 whimsical illustrations by Marian Churchland, Goblin Mode will help you rethink your relationship with your self, your home, your community, and the earth.

About the Author

McKayla Coyle (they/them) is a lesbian writer from Anchorage, Alaska. They’re the engagement editor for Literary Hub, and they hold an MFA in fiction from The New School. In their free time they read fantasy novels and make a lot of jam.

Praise For…

“A worthy guide to goblin lifestyle...it also celebrates a distinctive style—and helps people find others who like the same stuff.”—The Boston Globe

“For readers who think Marie Kondo is too spare and hygge is too cute, Goblin Mode could be the lifestyle they're looking for.”—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683693536
ISBN-10: 1683693531
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English