Comfort Books

While much of the East Coast of Australia was pounded with storms and rain over the last weekend, it seemed a perfect time to snuggle up with a favouite book! This morning we came across this neat little post over on Tentacles and Chocolate ( great blog name BTW!) all about the blogger’s comfort books- those books she keeps turning back to, often resulting in ragged, shaggy tomes. She cites Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series as her favourite comfort books and includes a pic of her well-thumbed copies to prove it! She’s also got a soft spot for Sara Douglass’s Wayfarer Redemption which gives us a little happy.

Are comfort books necessarily ones you read as a child or teenager; something with an element of nostalgia, or do you think a new book could become a comfort book? What is it about them that draws you back to them? Tell us about your comfort books!

Here’s Mark’s well-loved copies of Necroscope II & III  from 1994!

3 Responses to “Comfort Books”

  1. Tsana says:

    For a long time I used to only reread Discworld books while I was studying for exams — because I had to read something before bed to be able to sleep, but if it was something new and too engrossing I'd end up staying up too late. (And now that I don't have exams any more I've only reread a few favourite Discworld books, mainly Nightwatch.)

    I haven't reread any books in a while, partly because I'm studying overseas at the moment and most of my books are back in Australia. But also since I've been book-blogging I feel like I have too many new books demanding my attention. But aside from those hurdles, my comfort books definitely change with time. For a few years in highschool, they were Traci Harding's Ancient Future series but I don't like them as much now. My most recent comfort reading has been Jennifer Fallon's Second Sons and Hythrun Chronicles. And I'm chomping at the bit to reread Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkorsigan books… just as soon as I can justify not reading from my overflowing TBR.

  2. Zephyr says:

    For a long while "The Folk of the Faraway Tree" was like chicken soup. It is one of my most cherished books.

    I also love to go back and read "Restoree" by Anne McCaffrey, "The Barbed Coil" by JV Jones and "Threshold" by Sara Douglass. All are stand alones, but I love them to bits.

  3. Gillian says:

    I have a whole shelf of comfort books. I also have comfort books scattered through my other books. Mm. I maybe need to haul one out (it's been a tough fortnight).

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