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Comfort reads

I’ve been re-reading Watership Down this week, because it resonates somewhat with my current project, which isn’t something I do a whole lot. Re-read that is. There are so many new books I want to check out that it’s hard to find time to go back to old favorites. But reading it reminded me of what a wonderful feeling it can be to immerse yourself in a familiar world and experience a story you know you love over again.

Just as there are comfort foods, I’m sure most avid readers have comfort reads: books you go back to when you’re down or out of sorts. Mine tend to be humorous novels–The Princess Bride and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are my standbys.


As a kid I read my all-time favorite novel, Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Changeling about a million times, because I so wanted to be part of that world, and when I was reading it I sort of was for a little while. (I talk about my love for it more here.)

What are your comfort reads? What books to you find yourself coming back to again and again?

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



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Feb. 10th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I adored The Changeling too. In fact, my copy is right at my left hand, because I was using it to make an Apex blog post a while ago. The insights and storytelling in that book were just *wonderful*. So honest, without being harsh. I'll go look at the other entry of yours about it <3
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so happy whenever I find another person who loves THE CHANGELING--it seems so few people have even read it!
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Here's my Apex blog post--about when Ivy says that Martha, too, may be a changeling:

Apex Book Blog: Changelings
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small quartet -- and many of Mary Stewart's romantic suspense books :)
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, I've started reading Mary Stewart because of your recs in the past! Enjoyed TOUCH NOT THE CAT and... I forget the title, the one set in Greece, and have THIS ROUGH MAGIC in the to-read pile. :)
Feb. 11th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
TNtC is my favorite of hers :) The Moonspinners and My Brother Michael are both set in Greece -- and both good :) I'm glad you're enjoying them!
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
I keep wanting to reread Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell for the third time, but I resist ...
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it is a long one! I have it on my shelf but haven't gotten to it the first time yet... It's a little intimidating!
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It seems like people either love it or hate it. I loved it!
Feb. 11th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
I reread A Wrinkle in Time, Winnie the Pooh, the Velveteen Rabbit and anything by Nora Roberts ;-)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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