Do you have a comfort book?

(90 Posts)
MarieJeanne Sat 08-Mar-14 19:07:24

Do you have a book that you regularly reread or is your literary comfort blanket?
Mine is The secret diary of Adrian Mole - the first one

notnowbernard Tue 18-Mar-14 21:39:59

The adolescent Adrian Mole diaries

To Kill A Mocking Bird

CaptainTripps Tue 18-Mar-14 21:38:25

On audio I love the Dean Koontz thriller House of Thunder. Mel Foster's amazing narration soothes me to sleep at night. And I mean that in a good way.

highlandcoo Sat 15-Mar-14 23:50:40

The More Famous Jack .. I have been recommending it wrongly for years blush

highlandcoo Sat 15-Mar-14 23:46:46

Yet another vote for Pride and Prejudice.

And Ballet Shoes, which takes me right back to how much I enjoyed it over 40 years ago when I read it for the first time.

Not a classic but I also really like Other People's Marriages by Rosie Thomas - not my usual taste in reading but very good of its kind .. a spookily accurate reflection of a few marriages I've observed in RL.

And Brother of the More Famous Jake by Barbara Trapido bears a few rereads.

Jinsei Sat 15-Mar-14 23:36:34

Pride and Prejudice.

Or Winnie the Pooh. It has so much wisdom in it!

80sMum Sat 15-Mar-14 23:28:00

Pride and Prejudice.

Springcleanish Sat 15-Mar-14 23:26:08

Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice. Only books I read again and again, except for Of Mice and Men for work!

KurriKurri Sat 15-Mar-14 23:21:11

My adult choices - Emma, or My Cousin Rachel.

The ones I loved as a child and still love now - The Moomin books - I love reliving that childhood feeling of being drawn into this strange and magical world, and there is so much love in the books.

PetiteRaleuse Sat 15-Mar-14 19:39:59

And Harry Potter.

PetiteRaleuse Sat 15-Mar-14 19:39:44

Jilly Cooper Rutshire series. The first four especially.

EugenesAxe Sat 15-Mar-14 19:32:47

Waving to MonkeyMess - by the time I get to Larry 's analysis of the Dodo/ Alecko confrontation I have a stitch from uncontrollable giggles.

letsgotostonehenge Fri 14-Mar-14 20:19:50

IT-Stephen king wink

exexpat Fri 14-Mar-14 20:16:25

I think mine would have to be Pride and Prejudice, though some of the novels of Carol Shields would come a close second - Republic of Love, Happenstance, Mary Swann. And then Hitchhiker's Guide.

There are also some books of poetry which probably fit the definition of 'comfort reading' even more closely for me (Eliot, MacNeice, various anthologies).

Slugsalettuce, echoes is an unrecognised masterpiece imo!

Mumbledore Fri 14-Mar-14 19:31:21

I find James Herriot's books really comforting and lovely.

ImAMonkeyMess Fri 14-Mar-14 19:21:05

My Family and Other Animals. Lovely in every way.

jellyhead Fri 14-Mar-14 19:20:15

Stephen King. .so loved his books as a teenager find rereading them a true comfort

Oh yes to Little House on the Prairie

Agatha Christie smile

slugseatlettuce Fri 14-Mar-14 19:15:20

Maeve binchy! Especially echoes. Katherine by anya seton. The farseer trilogy by robin hobb.

aoife24 Fri 14-Mar-14 19:11:10

Oh, forgot, another one which is embarrassing but hey ho, The Beach.

Any Maeve Binchy

The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder ( little house on the prairie!)

Little women (though it is still wrong Jo did not end up with Laurie)

I read these for comfort. They are like old friends really.

aoife24 Fri 14-Mar-14 19:00:44

The Secret History grin

MrsFreddieThreepwood Tue 11-Mar-14 09:51:46

Wodehouse or Arthur Ransome, especially those with the 'Norfolk Coots'smile

Amiawake Tue 11-Mar-14 09:48:22

nanetta it does feel like that! I read it on journeys or if I'm away on a course. It's a journeying kind of book.

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