What's your comfort book?

(181 Posts)
Ellisisland Sun 02-Feb-14 18:47:46

The book you return to again and again. I have just finished reading three new quite heavy books and fancy re reading something that I've enjoyed before so hoping to pick your collective brains grin

Cider with Rosie.

StarsAbove Sun 02-Feb-14 18:50:47

Little Women and I Capture the Castle.

Lots -
Jane Austen - especially P&P, S&S and Persuasion
Charlotte Sometimes
Ballet Shoes
The Secret Garden (Enid Blyton)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
The Little Women series and What Katy Did series
The Dark Tower series
Harry Potter books
Lord of the Rings

I read all of the above again and again. And for non-fiction, Bill Bryson.

elspethmcgillicuddy Sun 02-Feb-14 18:52:45

Mallory towers and St Clare's. Nothing ever goes badly wrong! It feels like a very safe world.

I was first on the scene at a fatal car accident a few years ago. It upset me a lot more than I expected (HCP so used to death etc). I felt very delicate for a few weeks afterwards and didn't want to read anything too 'real'. Mallory Towers got me through it!

The Once and Future King by T.H.White. I love the first part where Merlin is tutoring Wart - there's a lot of wisdom in there.

BabyMummy29 Sun 02-Feb-14 18:54:11

Anything by Barbara Pym. I have all her books and return to them time and time again.

NotAnotherPackedLunchBox Sun 02-Feb-14 18:54:48

Anything by Jane Austen, Barbara Pym or Dorothy L Sayers works for me for comfort reading between more challenging books.

CuriousOranj Sun 02-Feb-14 18:55:05

Illusions by Richard Bach .

HumphreyCobbler Sun 02-Feb-14 18:55:42

Mine are the same as Remus's pretty much, except not read Miss Pettigrew, but with the addition of anything be Mary Renault.

QueenTea33 Sun 02-Feb-14 18:57:16

The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath and Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan.

I'm an incredibly jolly soul.

Olivegirl Sun 02-Feb-14 18:57:51

Ahhhh elspeth, you've bought back memories ...st. Clare's and Mallory towers! grin
Also naughtiest girl in the school and
Brownie tales ...
Read these myself and loved reading them to dds when they were younger.
Could easily read them again .

Hassled Sun 02-Feb-14 18:58:19

Jane Austen, absolutely - when I want something safe and good, IYSWIM.

I haven't read The Bell Jar for years - I must dig it out again.

Oh Humphrey - do read Miss Pettigrew. Tis lovely!

Enid Blyton one is The Secret Island, not The Secret Garden.

Mignonette Sun 02-Feb-14 19:01:53

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Anything by Bailey White.

She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana by Michael Lee West

What Katy Did and the sequels by Susan Coolidge

The Divine Secrets Of The YaYa Sisterhood trilogy by Rebecca Wells

Shirley Goes To Charterton

Yes to Mallory Towers and The St Claire's series. Love them.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 02-Feb-14 19:03:43

Remus I went straight to Amazon after your post and ordered it grin

Mignonette Sun 02-Feb-14 19:04:40

Also try 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson- it is a big warm hug of a book.

To kill a mockingbird

I have a very old copy and it is looking very shabby. H suggested he got me a new copy but I said no... It is my book and I love it.

I am 3/4 of the way through an OU degree so I am reading a lot of study books, TKAM is my comfort blanket book. It clears my mind.

DD1 did the book for GCSE and she was a bit blush about my enthusiasm and ability to talk about the books themes and even quote it!

joanofarchitrave Sun 02-Feb-14 19:09:16

Austen.
Cold Comfort Farm.
Anne of Green Gables.

It has to be a Georgette Heyer for me, followed by a Caro Peacock Liberty Lane mystery. I think I know them practically off by heart now!

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Sun 02-Feb-14 19:16:30

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart (or any of her romances)
Anything by KM Peyton
Ballet Shoes and White Boots
Good Omens

tshirtsuntan Sun 02-Feb-14 19:17:36

I capture the castle

TheBookofRuth Sun 02-Feb-14 19:20:53

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. It never fails to make me laugh.

clary Sun 02-Feb-14 19:21:03

Oooh yy to lots of these.

Dorothy L Sayers (never a good sign when I am reading LPW!)
Jane Austen
Ballet Shoes and What Katy Did yes RemusLupin
Just William books smile

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