Comfort Reading

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Jarl Lewin, May 9, 2018.

  1. Jarl Lewin

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    Do you have a favourite book or author you like to read when you are feeling down or just want a comforting, literary touchstone? Tell us about it!

    For me it is the Mitford books by Jan Karon. They are about life in the fictional small town of Mitford, North Carolina. They just make you feel good, and are exceptionally easy to read. When I need a break from non-fiction or more complicated novels, Mitford is just what the doctor ordered.
     
  2. Aduiavas Ida

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    Wheel of Time :look Or anything Brandon Sanderson. I have also recently began rereading some of the books I read as a child, including the Animorphs series, and Jenny McGrady series...
     
  3. Leala Gymorraine

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    Wheel of Time for me too. :lol

    I also read the Welcome to Night Vale books for comfort. They accompany my favorite podcast by the same title, and the story plus the narrator's voice does wonders for calming me down. ^^ So, when I read the novels, or the transcripts of the episodes, my anxiety dissipates. It even helps me when I'm in full panic mode (like when I had a tooth extraction last year.)
     
  4. Leira Galene

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    Yeah, WoT. Also The Hobbit/LotR, especially The Hobbit. Reading that always makes me feel like I'm coming home.
     
  5. Jarl Lewin

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    Yes, WoT is definitely comfort reading for me too, especially those first seven volumes. They got me through the worst of my chronic pain, and I will forever love RJ for that :D Also . . . A Crown of Swords is one of my faves because of the Knitting Circle and the Kin ^^
     
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    Tamora Pierce's Tortall books
     
  7. Leira Galene

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    Ooh yeah those are good ones too.
     
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    Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy. It’s a great story, simple plotline but still interesting. It pulls you along, the main character is likable, the magic system is compelling. I like it.
     
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    Narnia, or Little House on the Prairie.

    If I want something familiar but new that's easy to read, I go for a murder mystery or urban fantasy (Dresden, right now). Sometimes romances.
     
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    I need to pick up the Dresden Files again. (I need more Murphy in my life. :lol )

    Maybe after I finish my WoT re-read. :p
     
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    Stephen King books.. I'll go back and read them all one by one. It takes forever, but is satisfying in a way I can't explain.
     
  12. Jarl Lewin

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    *must look into this Dresden Files I keep hearing about*

    I never read the Little House books, but my mother once read the first few aloud to us. And . . . *coughs* I liked the TV series :look

    And hooray for Narnia! :joy
     
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    Sorry for the double post, but my first King novel was The Stand, at age 11. So much of it went right over my head until I read it again in my 20's, but that was probably a good thing :lol
     
  14. Leala Gymorraine

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    I think you'd like the Dresden Files, Jarl. ^^

    I've tried a couple of Stephen King books, but...they're just not my thing. :look I do like the movies based on his books, though.
     
  15. Elania al'Manir

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    Oh right, Dresden. Yes, I'd say that qualifies as comfort reading. Lately I've been fighting the urge to re-read it again...
     
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    I'm the same way, Raevi. IT, The Stand, and Bag of Bones never fail to suck me and make me happysad like nothing else can. If I want something lighter, I'll reread the Murray books by Madeleine L'engle.
     
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    star trek novels are my go to candy reads
     
  18. Elania al'Manir

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    Oh man, totally used to read those as a kid/teen... I forgot about them! Maybe I should see if I can track one or two down for old times' sake.
     
  19. Alora Sionn

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    Yup same :lol they're comfort food books alright hehe
     
  20. LaBelle Maighenn

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    For me, comfort reading is the sevenwater trilogy from Juliet Marrilier. The second book is my absolute favorite!
    I am busy to get all her books..I just want them all. I cant help myself