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starchildareyoulistening Thu 21-Jul-16 20:57:00

Which books do you find yourself returning to when you want to snuggle in something familiar? The book version of stew and dumplings? smile
Mine is Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, particularly the City Watch storyline. While despairing over the whole Brexit fiasco I found myself thinking "Sam Vimes should weigh in on this" and ended up re-reading them all.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 21-Jul-16 21:01:19

Currently, The Chronicles of St Mary's.

A decade or so ago, it was Anne McCaffrey.

Sadik Thu 21-Jul-16 22:05:34

Generally Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, then more recently Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter books.

buckingfrolicks Thu 21-Jul-16 22:08:33

PG Wodehouse.

Or Austen

iamEarthymama Fri 22-Jul-16 05:35:53

First port of call is Georgette Heyer, never fails.

Terry Pratchett here too, for the same reasons as OP.

Now for my guilty secret, Nora Roberts, writing as J D Robb. blush
Formulaic, yes; romantic, yes but funny and heart warming too.

Though when I was in a very low place recently, I listened to Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series and it definitely helped so they can be added to the list.

tobee Fri 22-Jul-16 11:53:54

Dorothy L Sayers esp Harriet Vane

KatsutheClockworkOctopus Fri 22-Jul-16 13:08:18

Agree with the St Marys books.

I've recently rediscovered Molesworth, which I read a lot when I was young. It still makes me smile.

ChessieFL Fri 22-Jul-16 20:48:51

The Cazalet Chronicles

BumpPower Fri 22-Jul-16 20:53:30

For me its cheesy regency romance - Eloisa James, stephanie Laurens, Galey Foley etc.

BigginsforPope Fri 22-Jul-16 21:06:42

I love re reading Barbara Pym for comfort. She always makes me smile I love Terry Pratchett too especially the witches, my favourites being 'Witches Abroad' and 'Lords and Ladies'.

gincamelbak Fri 22-Jul-16 21:29:45

Terry pratchett and Pride and Prejudice.

Oh, and The Princess Bride!

Struckbylightning Fri 22-Jul-16 21:33:08

Always The Lord of the Rings. And sometimes Terry Pratchett too

bookbook Fri 22-Jul-16 21:44:32

Oh yes to Georgette Heyer smile
Agatha Christie,
Pride and Prejudice
Bill Bryson

Rassy Fri 22-Jul-16 21:46:51

Alexander McCall Smith - Scotland Street Series or No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Allalonenow Fri 22-Jul-16 21:52:17

Lord of the Rings here too, also the Aubrey/Maturin series, action, plot. humour.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Mon 25-Jul-16 14:26:40

The older Maeve Binchy books. The ones set in the 1950s.

FellOutOfBed2wice Mon 25-Jul-16 14:35:30

The Adrian Mole books
Bill Bryson
Jane Eyre

spookyelectric Mon 25-Jul-16 22:40:10

Vanity Fair (Thackery)
The Crimson Petal and the White (michel faber)
Dorothy Whipple books
George Gissing books
Two Thousand Streets under the Sky (Patrick hamilton)
The Avenue books - RF Delderfield

HopeClearwater Mon 25-Jul-16 23:31:35

Three Men in a Boat smile

Tiggy78 Mon 25-Jul-16 23:32:47

James Herriot books

tobee Wed 27-Jul-16 16:48:27

Can I add Sherlock Holmes, especially the long stories?

cupofrooibos Thu 28-Jul-16 06:21:24

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

ArieltheMermaid1720 Thu 28-Jul-16 08:35:32

Agree with the older maeve binchy books, echoes and circle of friends. Also the Emily series by LM Montgomery. I read them in childhood and am still really fond of them. Harry Potter series.

FeckinCrutches Thu 28-Jul-16 08:38:08

Anne of Green Gables
The Witching Hour
The Outlander Series

MotherofPearl Thu 28-Jul-16 08:55:02

I agree with Biggins about Barbara Pym. Lovely and soothing. I also find any Elizabeth Jane Howard very comforting. I'm blush to say I've not tried Georgette Hayer but think I'm going to after all the mentions on this thread. Lord know we all need some calming comfort at the moment!

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