These days I’ve found that I’m having trouble reading books that get my “fight or flight” system going, even though the book may be well-written (Try Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais; I’ll read it when things have calmed down.) I think I am just overloaded with the events in the news. However, I never stop reading; I just turn to my comfort reads.
Comfort reads are very personal. No one can really recommend to you what you would consider comforting. Many times it has to do with something in your childhood. In my case, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is on my list because my father brought it to me when I was sick.
- Agatha Christie
- Jane Austen
- Harry Potter
- PG Wodehouse
- Louise Penny
- Many of my fantasy authors (Hobb, Sanderson, Kay)
- Terry Pratchett
- Patrick O’Brien
I’ve been collecting many of these authors in audio so when my eyes go I can still listen.
There is an blog from Australia about the site’s staffs’ comfort reads: https://www.readings.com.au/news/our-best-comfort-reads
What are yours?