What’s Your Comfort Book?


I read for all sorts of reasons. For fun, to learn about a particular topic, for language, for the story, for information, for research etc.

Most of the time, no matter what that reason is, I still enjoy the process.

But there are times, when I just want to read a comfort book. One of those times was journey back from Ecuador. It took just about 30 hours of total travel time to get from Banos to Bristol. I was knackered. There were, as usual, airline frustrations along the way. The plane was so old and crappy that it didn’t even have individual entertainment system. So all I wanted was a little comforting distraction.

The most accessible form at the time was reading. So I started reading my favourite comfort series again. J. D. Robb’s “In Death” series. The crimes are interesting, but I must admit, it is the chemistry of characters – the intense relationship between Eve and Roarke, and their relationships with their friends that attracts me to to these books again and again. I care about these characters, I enjoy their company, and so they make a comfort read.

What about you?

What are your comfort reads? And why? Please share your views in the comments below.


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7 Responses to “What’s Your Comfort Book?”

  1. Michael June 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm # Reply

    My comfort books are the old fantasy and sci-fi books I’ve always loved. David Weber’s Harrington books (the early ones), Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, and Elizabeth Moon’s Paksenarrion series would be the ones I turn to for comfort reading.

    • Dolly Garland June 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm # Reply

      I’m ashamed to say that despite being a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, I have not read any of them yet. But they are on my list. Unfortunately, the list is far tooooo big 🙂

  2. Sally November 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm # Reply

    Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series used to be my comfort reading. Then it was Maeve Binchy. Then Alexander McCall-Smith. I’m currently smitten with Patrick Rothfuss, and with the rest of his massive and devoted fandom, await Book Three.

    • Dolly Garland November 3, 2013 at 3:35 am # Reply

      I love love love Patrick Rothufuss’ books. Lack of the third book is annoying me. The writing is just so incredible.

  3. PokeyLokey January 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm # Reply

    I reread Their Eyes Are Watching God annually. The writing is so exquisite and Janie is one of my fav characters of all time. I also love rereading Harry Potter – all of them but especially 1 & 3.

    • Dolly Garland April 9, 2014 at 12:17 am # Reply

      That’s a good reminder. I haven’t read Their Eyes Are Watching God for years, but it’s on my Kaizen Reading challenge list.


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