Comfort Books

January 30, 2018

Some books just feel like home when I open them. A combination of familiarity, love, the story-atmosphere – I don’t know what all. But there’s something about these books, because the idea of having comfort books is not something I came up with; reaching for a well-read book came naturally when I was tired, or sick, or just not doing well that day.

Right now, those books are The Hobbit, The Goose-Girl, The Last Unicorn, and A Tale of Two Cities for me. There are other books I’ve read again and again, other books I’ll read for certain moods or times; but these four are books where every word is familiar, and still I love reading them. The funny thing is that I haven’t read any of those all the way through very recently. I tend to read the first few chapters at night, or in a blank interval between work, and then put it back down. By the time I come back, weeks or months later, I start at the beginning again.

When I do make my way all the way through one of them, that generally either means I have time on my hands and nothing in particular to read, or that it’s a stressful period. Then I’ll pick up the same book every day for a few minutes at a time, starting where I left off until I get all the way through.

Where do you come home? Do you have a title, or a handful of titles, that you come back to again and again? Do you have ‘comfort books’ at all?

5 Comments

  • Laura February 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    The Hobbit (and the Lord of the Rings) is definitely a comfort book to me too, and so are the Harry Potter books. They just seem to take me back to my childhood and simpler times, which can help I think when youโ€™re stressed.
    Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bernadette Holmes February 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you!

  • Daniela Ark February 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    wow this is not an easy question! I guess I’ll have to say some classic like the Little Prince, Little Women and Gone with the Wind. Also Paul C’s the Alchemist ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bernadette Holmes February 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Ooh, I love those first three! (I really need to get a copy of the Little Prince to reread…) I’ve never read the Alchemist, though, so I’ll have to add that to my TBR!

  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction February 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I almost never reread, so I can’t really say I have books like this. There are definitely books that bring me that comfort feeling when I think of them, though.

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