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

The Harry Potter Series.

Little Women.

Bridget Jones Diary

Valpollicella Sat 08-Mar-14 19:12:17

The Big Stone Gap books by Adriana Trigliani are my hunker down and ignore the world books

Badvoc Sat 08-Mar-14 19:17:21

Pg Wodehouse
Bill Bryson
Lindsay Davis

YarnyStasher Sat 08-Mar-14 19:18:12

The Chronicles of Narnia
Much of discworld

CMOTDibbler Sat 08-Mar-14 19:26:56

In times of stress, its Terry Pratchett, or The Grand Sophy/Henrietta/ or Frederica by Georgette Heyer that comfort me and are guaranteed to distract.

AuntieBrenda Sat 08-Mar-14 19:29:11

Marian Keyes - anything but particularly 'this charming man'. It's about Dv but parts of it are really funny, especially the countryside transvestites
Wuthering heights
Pride and prejudice

JodieGarberJacob Sat 08-Mar-14 19:41:40

Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham. A humorous diary by a fictitious friend of the Duchess of Windsor about events leading up to the abdication and beyond.

Amiawake Sat 08-Mar-14 19:45:07

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

MarieJeanne Sat 08-Mar-14 19:47:19

I was expecting more children's literature

Literally ANY Bill Bryson. His humour is absolutely sport on and cheer a me up instantly. Tragically, I know them all off by heart. Current favourites are Thunderbolt Kid and A Walk in the Woods.

RedPencils Sat 08-Mar-14 19:54:49

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes. I've read it a million times and I still cry when she goes back to NY.

Little women was my first proper book, so always had a soft spot for it. Might get it on my kindle to re read.

magimedi Sat 08-Mar-14 20:10:37

The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy.

I don't know how many times I have read this since my first read (1976) but I always feel taken away from whatever shite I am in & always find something new within it.

If I need cheering up Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (and if I'm feeling too stressed to read an actual book, listening to the audiobook works wonders).

Other favourites to re-read - Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, all of the Harry Potter books and anything by the much missed Iain Banks.

thesaurusgirl Sat 08-Mar-14 20:19:28

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's one of the Little House on the Prairie books and the theme of endurance is really comforting.

Persuasion by Jane Austen. It's the only Austen where both the heroine and the love interest are attractive characters throughout.

Just William, just about any PG Wodehouse, and any Georgette Heyer also great.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sat 08-Mar-14 20:24:33

Terry Pratchett, Joanne Harris particularly Chocolat, I love that book.

Legacy by Susan Kay.

nkf Sat 08-Mar-14 20:25:34

P G Wodehouse
Agatha Christie
L M Montgomery

chutneypig Sat 08-Mar-14 20:26:14

Most Georgette Heyer. Agree with the Grand Sophy and Frederica, also Cotillion.

Germgirl Sat 08-Mar-14 20:27:03

The Malory Towers and St Clare's books. And Bill Bryson 'Notes from a Small Island'. I re read them all at least once a year, usually more often.

ButterscotchClouds Sat 08-Mar-14 20:29:37

Anything by Jilly Cooper.

RockMummy Sat 08-Mar-14 20:32:13

The Poldark series by Winston Graham and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Just love curling up with them especially if a bit down in the dumps.

SuburbanSpaceperson Sat 08-Mar-14 20:33:07

A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan to calm me down. Sometimes just looking at the cover is enough to make me feel a little less agitated.

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie if I need to be cheered up.

Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips for the man I would really like to fall in love with.

chutneypig Sat 08-Mar-14 20:36:12

I forgot Jilly Cooper. But thanks to this thread I've just gone and ordered four Georgette Heyer books for my kindle. Comfort ready to gosmile

TurnOffTheTv Sat 08-Mar-14 20:36:20

Anne of Green Gables.
The Outlander series (can't wait for the next one RockMummy!)
The Time Travellers Wife.

shouldnthavesaid Sat 08-Mar-14 20:36:20

In terms of children's literature - I have a cardboard box under the bed full of children's books that I've hung on to. I have a lot of 'Mog' stories (Judith Kerr) that my grandparents gifted to me as a child. When my cat died about 4 weeks ago or so, I sat sobbing at 2am reading them.

There's also a lovely story, I think it's Enid Blyton, about two dolls that gp to catch a train together in to 'toy land' and buy their own wee house. I'm sure one was a fairy? I always loved that story but can't remember what it is!

Adult literature wise, my comforts are Jane Eyre and The Bell Jar (which sounds bizarre, but I heavily relate to it and find the ending very uplifting, I can feel Esther's depression fading as the novel finishes and it makes me feel hopeful, that things can and do get better).

Katnisscupcake Sat 08-Mar-14 20:36:44

The enchanted wood (Enid blyton)
The faraway tree
The folk of the faraway tree

Dd is 4 now so we've got her the newer version and it's just not the same without dick and fanny grin.

Greydog Sat 08-Mar-14 20:40:29

Any of the "what Katy did" books.
Most of Georgette Heyers, and Andrea Camilleri's "Montalbano" books, as there's so much in them that makes me laugh. Another one that I've read til it's held together will tape is "Mist over Pendle"

bringonyourwreckingball Sat 08-Mar-14 20:42:16

Anne of green gables, and the rest of the series

GinGirl Sat 08-Mar-14 20:43:32

Grand Sophy, have it on my Kindle and paperback. I read it at least once a year, my go-to comfort book. But most of Georgette Heyer works, just not as quickly.
Terry Pratchett, usually a Watch one.
3 Men in a Boat
PG Wodehouse

Have lots of my childhood favourites on my Kindle. Anne of Green Gables series, Emily of New Moon and lots of Rosemary Sutcliffe. All are brilliant for escaping into...

EugenesAxe Sat 08-Mar-14 21:17:07

I can supply quite a few children's books, amongst others.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Watership Down, My Family and Other Animals, Bridget Jones 2, Austen generally, Redwall.

ItsAllAboutSheldon Sat 08-Mar-14 21:20:12

Goodnight Mr Tom.
I read it every year and it is perfect.

The whole Jinny and Shantih series.

fairnotfair Sat 08-Mar-14 21:26:18

The House of Mirth
Bill Bryson - A Walk in the a Woods
Love in a Cold Climate
Diary of a Provincial Lady

LeBearPolar Sat 08-Mar-14 21:29:46

I'm with GinGirl - The Grand Sophy is my ultimate comfort read but nearly all of Georgette Heyer works. Other favourites are Venetia, Regency Buck, These Old Shades and The Talisman Ring. DH regularly has to promise to ride ventre a terre to my death bed grin

Parliamo Sat 08-Mar-14 21:31:18

Yes to Jilly cooper. Now I have kindle ones so they won't fall apart!

Anything by Mary Stewart, gentle, well-written romances, but I love the Merlin ones too.

PecanSandy Sat 08-Mar-14 21:32:20

David Lodge, Bill Bryson, Love in a Cold Climate

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Diary of an Ordinary Woman by Margaret Forster - best book ever!

WeAreDetective Sat 08-Mar-14 21:32:22

Any Jane Austin or Harry Potter

Poosnu Sat 08-Mar-14 21:33:14

Anne of Green Gables series.

LadySnapcase Sat 08-Mar-14 21:34:34

Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild

Any Discworld, but particularly Mort as it was the first one I read.

SunnyL Sat 08-Mar-14 21:35:14

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde or Started Early Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson.

FiveExclamations Sat 08-Mar-14 21:35:16

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Also a lot of Georgette Heyer (seems popular)
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers

If I had to pick one, then Night Watch

AcrossthePond55 Sat 08-Mar-14 21:40:29

Gone With the Wind, Harry Potter series, Twilight series (I know, I know!), Anne of Green Gables series, any Jane Austen, & "Gateway to Storyland", a book of children's bedtime stories from which my mother read me to sleep.

Lakota Sat 08-Mar-14 21:44:50

The Outsiders or Tex by SE Hinton

lemonmuffin Sat 08-Mar-14 21:57:21

oh ballet shoes, yes! love it.

also sophie kinsella shopahollic series, great comfort reading.

Stockhausen Sat 08-Mar-14 21:59:59

Anything by mitch albom!

Please.. read him!

LinghamStyle Sat 08-Mar-14 22:05:40

Black Beauty!

curlyclaz13 Sat 08-Mar-14 22:16:02

Charlie and the chocolate factory.
Bill Bryson.

SerenaJoy Sat 08-Mar-14 22:30:10

The Lord Of the Rings, the Harry Potters, lots of Bill Bryson, 'Changing Places' by David Lodge, and The Earth's Children series by Jean Auel.

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Sat 08-Mar-14 22:35:33

Waves to Parliomo nice to see another Mary Stewart fan on here.

Also The Secret History
Anything by Susan Howatch
Good Omens
Noel Streatfield
KM Peyton esp the Pennington books

SerenaJoy Sat 08-Mar-14 22:53:52

Just re-reading previous posts - Goodnight Mister Tom is a wonderful book, I just about knew it off by heart when I was a teenager. I still think of pyjamas as 'pie-jarmers' grin

MarieJeanne Sun 09-Mar-14 08:02:59

This has given me lots of inspiration for re-reads.
Think I'll start with 'Anne of Green Gables' . I loved those books.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 09-Mar-14 08:08:56

You can buy a whole bundle of Anne of Green Gables for 77p on the kindle here

nkf Sun 09-Mar-14 19:18:47

Thanks for the Anne heads up. I've just bought them. Cosy night in for me.

eatyourveg Sun 09-Mar-14 19:28:25

A very old and battered but much loved copy of a Childs Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Tales of the City series

EvenFlo Sun 09-Mar-14 19:49:31

It's Adrian Mole for me too!!

lellibobs Sun 09-Mar-14 19:56:37

Emily, Bella, Octavia , Imogen Prudence and Harriet all by Jilly cooper. Had to buy a complete new set a while ago as they got borrowed and not returned!

Also any agatha Christie

For sheer joy and pleasure in every line I go back time and time again to Lord Peter Wimsey. Especially 'Murder must Advertise'

For regressing back to happy childhood it is the wonderfully disturbing 'Marian's dreams'

I agree, though, for perfect relaxation, I get those nice people at Audible arrange to have someone read it to me. Derek Jacobi reading Sherlock Holmes is PERFECT!

BlueJean Sun 09-Mar-14 22:25:44

The Miss Read books.

Thrush green or Fairacre series ,I am not fussed.

Either will do and I can pick up any book and instantly know where I am in the story. Perfect for a non stressful read.

VanitasVanitatum Sun 09-Mar-14 22:37:40

Georgette Heyer, Anne of Green Gables, Enid Blyton (I know I shouldn't..) or the chalet school.

HopeClearwater Sun 09-Mar-14 23:13:25

Lucky Jim smile

NanettaStocker Sun 09-Mar-14 23:17:02

Another one for American gods. It feels like going on holiday to your favourite place.

MarieJeanne Mon 10-Mar-14 08:26:12

Thanks Lumpy. It's on my Kindle now.

sami1985 Mon 10-Mar-14 17:08:04

Twilight... sorry! Team Edward! Lol.

Also Harry Potter.

Sophie Kinsella and jodi picoult are also favourites.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Mon 10-Mar-14 18:57:02

Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye, or Dervla Murphy's travel writings.

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.

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

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

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

The Secret History grin

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 19:11:10

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

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

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

Agatha Christie smile

Oh yes to Little House on the Prairie

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

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

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

My Family and Other Animals. Lovely in every way.

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

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

Slugsalettuce, echoes is an unrecognised masterpiece imo!

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).

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

IT-Stephen king wink

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.

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

Jilly Cooper Rutshire series. The first four especially.

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

And Harry Potter.

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.

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!

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

Pride and Prejudice.

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

Pride and Prejudice.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

The adolescent Adrian Mole diaries

To Kill A Mocking Bird

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