For this week's Reading Monday post I want to talk about comfort reads, books that you either read and re-read because they nourish you, or books you read because they make you forget about the problems in your life.
I have both categories. I have books that I come back to often, some I read every year, some I find on my shelf when I am feeling like crap, some are so delightful that I have to come back.
Some of my re-read comfort books are:
- Illusions by Richard Bach. I have read this book so often that I can just turn the page and know what is on it. It's a comfort read because it is very nourishing for my soul to read. Very dream-like too.
- The Harry Potter series. This is a frequent re-read when I feel like crap.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My husband even knows it is one of my comfort reads. He handed it over when I was feeling depressed and very down about my writing path. Needless to say, the book was exactly what I needed.
- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. I love his Witches, especially Granny Weatherwax.
- The knight in shining armour by Jude Deveraux. This one has been a comfort read for many years, still one of my favourite romance novels.
- Dorothy Gilman's Mrs Pollifax series. Haven't read these in years but I know that the moment I get them, I will curl up and smile.
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, it is a comfort read and a kick in the pants at the same time. Best combination I say.
The second kind of comfort books falls in the genres of cosy mystery and regency romance. I just love to read those series and feel lifted up in seconds. Just losing myself in a book for hours and hours is just what I need sometimes.