We can definitely all use a comfort read from time to time, or in this case probably all spring at least, am I right?
I suspect a lot of us may be looking for a story that is:
a) catchy and engaging, so that the story will pull you in even if you’re distracted by real-world concerns.
b) possibly exciting but not especially stressful, with a guaranteed happy ending.
c) warm in tone, with “warm” as an antonym for . . . I don’t know . . . gritty, maybe. I mean something that feels warm and fuzzy, like curling up in your favorite fluffy robe with a couple of spaniels and a roaring fireplace and a mug of hot chocolate. Or whatever you prefer. That feeling, anyway.
Here are some novels, in no particular order, that to me fit these criteria:
- Chalice by Robin McKinley
2. Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn
3. Fortune and Fate, also by Sharon Shinn, preferably with the original cover rather than the worst cover in the world.
4. Island of Ghosts by Gillian Bradshaw
5. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by LMB
6. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
7. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
8. Oh, yes, The Blue Sword, also by Robin McKinley
9. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
10. And, to wrap it up, of my own books, I think the best comfort-book candidate is:
Also, to be sure, a lot of romances. Nothing like romances for a definite happily-ever-after. I’m reading a very good historical romance at the moment, but for contemporary romances, I particularly favor Laura Florand:
How about you all? What books do you find especially comforting when you want something warm and reassuring to read?