I think we are all aware that the past few months have been a difficult time for everyone. Apart from all the difficult things we’re seeing in the news (which I’m not going to talk about because I’m sure you hear enough about it), most of us are spending an extended amount of time at home – at least I hope you are – and boredom has long since become a huge part of life. Regardless of how you’re combating cabin fever (no judgement if you’re watching The Office for seventeenth time), but reading is always a good option. And it’s a particularly good time to pick up some comfort reads. So, today, I thought I’d share some of mine.
These are the books I find myself turning to over an over though the years. They just make me feel nostalgic and cozy, and I think they’re perfect for when I want to read something comforting. It’s like comfort food, but for your brain. I will probably (definitely) be rereading at least one of these in the next month or two.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I can’t help it. I always come back to Pride and Prejudice. It’s such a lovely story, and it always puts a smile on my face. I’m still holding out for my Mr. Darcy, but in the meantime, I can reread this book (again) with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea. I know I’ll be coming back to this book again and again for a very long time.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I had to include Neverwhere, because I just feel so happy even thinking about it. I still remember the first time this book blew my mind, not because of the story (even though it’s really great), but because of the writing. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that inspired me as much as this book did. I have had a strong urge to listen to the audiobook (yet again), so that might be happening soon.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Honestly, the humor in this book is what keeps me coming back. It’s absolutely classic and I love it so much. I read the entire series in high school (fun fact: I asked my date to senior prom by putting a post-it in a copy of this book and giving it to him), and reread it a couple years ago. I love this book/series! Just remember: DON’T PANIC.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Another book I cannot stop rereading. This book has absolutely everything I love in books: history, magic, romance, suspense. It’s basically a perfect book, and I’m going to make everyone read it (just ask my book club). Seriously, though, this is probably a top-ten book for me. Which is saying a lot, because I’ve read a lot of really amazing books in my life.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and that you’re all staying safe and healthy. Stay inside, read a book, and take care of yourselves.
Since we could all use some more comfort reading right now, share your favorite comfort reads in the comments!
(Note: this post originally included a childhood favorite of mine that I have come to realize is very problematic – as is its author. Even though it was a huge part of my childhood and still feels nostalgic and comforting to me, I will no longer be promoting it on this blog.)