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Comfort Reads on a Dark, Stormy Night

Although Florida is most known for sunny, cloudless days- it also has its share of rain, hurricanes and tornadoes. Who knew, right? So, as I’m winding down from a long day of work- making sure Meow Meow is ok hiding in the extremely small gap between our trundle bed and a filing cabinet- I’m feeling the need for a comfort read.

Meow Meow holding down the fort during a torrential downpour.

I need a story that I know well- one that I’ve read so much that I can say the dialogue by heart and where I skip over the slow parts so I can get to the romantic scenes :). Sometimes, I just need to read a book where the characters are so familiar to me that when I open the pages I feel like I’m visiting old friends that I haven’t talked to in awhile. There’s something so reassuring about knowing how a story will end.

So now you know one of my secret reading habits, here’s a list of my top comfort reads:

1Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier- This book incorporates an old Celtic legend about a girl who must save her brothers after they’re turned into swans by a sorceress who marries their father. Even though there’s so much struggle and pain throughout this story, I love Sorcha’s determination to save her family and the mysteries contained in the labyrinthine forest of her home. Marillier is a master storyteller.

2 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams- I have never been so immediately enchanted with a story as with Arthur Dent’s absurd adventrues. The story is so silly, so crazy and so very lovable. I always enjoy the ridiculous situations, the outlandish creatures and the hilarious wit. When I really start to question life and purpose of it, I often remember that “the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything is 42.” How very comforting. 🙂

3The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale- I think this book was published while I was in middle school, but it’s tale is timeless. I’m a sucker for a good coming-of-age story, especially when the protagonist is meek and passive and comes to find inner strength. Ani is a princess sent to wed her betrothed when her conniving lady-in-waiting leaves her stranded and takes Ani’s place as princess. The prose of this novel flows so effortlessly, blending subtle magic with beautiful imagery. I fall in love with this story every time I read it, feeling happier and lighter when I’m done.

How about you? What are you favorite comfort reads and what makes them so comforting? Do you also read them on dreary days- or maybe on brighter ones?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Love your newly designed blog site:) Of course, I would be a little prejudiced, though!!! Keep up the good work in keeping us up to date with your choices of books. I had a good chuckle at Meow Meow’s choice of spots to hide. Love you:)

    • Lisa

      I love the design, too! Thank my hubs! 🙂

  • What a great piece!
    I am so excited to see HGTTG on your list! You know it is in my ‘top 3′. The fact that he wrote a Trilogy consisting of 5 books exemplifies Douglas Adams’ eccentric style. Be sure to read “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and/or “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul”.

    This post is yet another example of your ever-improving skill as a writer. I am so proud of you (and, of course, prejudiced like Pam)

    • Lisa

      Thanks Thom! It’s a work in progress!