The last few weeks have been extremely crazy and hectic. In addition to my own upcoming move across the Atlantic (just a couple of weeks to go!), my parents are also moving. And in a bit of complicated “moving musical chairs,” they are planning to store most of my belongings (including the books left behind), which means I’ve had to pack up my apartment sooner than I anticipated. And I’ve been doing some freelance work in between the packing and the schlepping and the cleaning, so I’ve been fairly busy.
So I’m exhausted. And when I’m tired, it can be difficult to focus on a new (or new-to-me) book. I have a never-ending “to be read” list, and I’m trying to read as many as my hardcover books as I can before they’re packed away. (Thankfully, the e-books will travel with me.) But sometimes, even with a long list of new books to choose from, I just want something familiar.
A comfort book.
For me, comfort books are books I already know and love, so I don’t have to think so hard or even read the entire thing. I can open to a random page and just start reading, without worrying about what I might have missed. Perhaps equally important for a book blogger, comfort books are books I’ve already reviewed, or didn’t plan on reviewing at all. I don’t have to worry about making notes or finding quotes to recall later. I can just read, pure and simple.
To my mind, any book can be a comfort book. It’s all about what make you feel comfortable and relaxed. A comfort book is meant to be enjoyable (which is not at all to say that these are “easy” or “fluff” books). While I’m almost always drawn to historical and contemporary romances, some of my favorites have become comfort books. They provide a sense of familiarity, of returning to good friends after time away. And, for me personally, they almost always involve the countryside or wide open spaces.
This summer, when I’ve needed a comfort book, I’ve picked up my much-loved, slightly battered paperback copies of Sarah MacLean’s Regency books. I also dove into yet another Jill Shalvis series. I even had to pause while packing several times, because I wanted to comfort-read just one scene from a book before it went into the box. (I’m especially guilty of doing this with my Harry Potter books.)
Life will always have stressors and times of chaos. That’s why we need our comfort books. I’d love to know what books are your comfort books. What do you read when you just need something familiar and fun?
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