I’m doing a twist on a meme I picked up from Chachic’s Book Nook.
Not so much top ten light-and-fluffy reads, but the top ten for comfortable books when you just don’t want to read some complicated politics-heavy epic, or figure out a new complicated secondary world. You know, the kind of book you pick up one more time because you know you can open it anywhere, fall right into the story, and will wind up reading the whole thing again even if you didn’t really mean to.
For me, those would be — and I’m going to be pretty casual about lumping multiple books into one category, here — in no special order:
1. Anything by Robin McKinley, especially The Blue Sword and Beauty
2. Anything by Sarah Addison Allen, but especially The Girl Who Chased the Moon
3. Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, but especially The Sharing Knife series
4. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
5. Jhereg and Yendi by Steven Brust
6. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
7. Watership Down by Richard Adams
8. Anything by Gillian Bradshaw, but especially A Beacon at Alexandria and Island of Ghosts
9. Chanur’s Legacy by CJ Cherryh — this one, on a smaller scale and with less at stake than the original Chanur series, works for me as a light comfort read.
10. Anything by Terry Pratchett, though for me a lot of those are books to listen to, not books to read. Just finishing the last Tiffany Aching book now!
Oh! And one more because why not?
11. Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn
How about you, what’s your top comfort read? Any of the above?