Comfort Reading

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

  1. Jocasta Braithe

    Jocasta Braithe Novice

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    I find Tolkien's style is one of those love-it-or-hate-it things. I happen to love it. I like writing to be formal and technically correct, it helps me with immersion. If the language is too everyday, it knocks me out of the story. I actually struggle with that a little in Wheel of Time. Jordan is a little too casual with language for my personal taste. Love the story, love the world, love the characters, kind of wish it was written slightly differently.
     
  2. Narysse a'Jahar

    Narysse a'Jahar Aes Sedai

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    Wuthering Heights is still at the top of the list but I want to include a lot of the classic novels (currently reading Huckleberry Finn).........and the John Carter books! Also Wade Davis and other ethnography pieces.
     
  3. Learha al'Senna

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    I read predominantly fantasy, so when I need a comfort read for some reason I turn to a wholly different genre: mysteries. More specifically Agatha Christie. I know, murder mysteries hardly seem comforting, but when I'm extremely anxious or I feel burdened, I know that I can always turn to one of the Poirot novels, for example, and calm down :)


    "Shirley" is my favourite Charlotte Bronte novel, too! I absolutely adore it, I think I read it before I read anything else by the Bronte sisters, which might explain why it's always been my favourite.
     
  4. Autumn Sapphira

    Autumn Sapphira Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    That's amazing, honestly. No one else I try to convince to read it will go past the first few pages. I'm glad I've finally found a fellow fan!
     
  5. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Director of Community Outreach Historian

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    Oooo I've wanted to read Shirley for ages. I'll start it now if y'all recommend it so highly. :)

    I love Poirot too, Learha! I totally get you about them being relaxing.
     
  6. Learha al'Senna

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    I haven't read it in ages, but I remember it being quite descriptive, maybe that's what's throwing people off *shrugs*. On that note, have you read anything by Elizabeth Gaskell?

    Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds them relaxing :lol Do you have a favourite Poirot novel?
     
  7. Autumn Sapphira

    Autumn Sapphira Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    I have not.
    I think most people think Shirley is dry, and it is. And she warns you up front that it's going to be dry.... But once you get past the dry and the political messages, it's NOT dry anymore and there's romance and intrigue and excitement.

    I put a Poirot novel on my Kindle app a while back. I never got around to reading it.
     
  8. Juliya Karisu

    Juliya Karisu Accepted Forum Moderator

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    I've read North and South which is amazing, but that's all.

    Also, Shirley is the only Bronte novel I haven't read yet. I really liked Villette.
     
  9. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Director of Community Outreach Historian

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    North and South was an excellent book. We had to read it in class and I enjoyed writing a paper on it.
     
  10. Learha al'Senna

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    I'm glad you all recommend North and South. I'm currently reading it (quite slowly, to be honest) and it's quite good so far :)

    I haven't read Villette yet but it's on my list.
     
  11. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Director of Community Outreach Historian

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    I'm glad you are enjoying it, Learha. I liked it because there is so much about the political and social atmosphere of that time, and the stark differences between the classes.