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Comfort Food

Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?

(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)

Great question again this week, over at Booking Through Thursday. Wow, I certainly hope that none of these (much less all of these!) happen to me. Although, I can remember when our beloved Sally dog passed away nearly 4 years ago. I was beyond despondent, but I really didn’t want to “curl up with a good book” for a while. Now, if it’s cold and raining, I do love to snuggle up under a blanket with a book and a mug of hot cocoa, so I’m going that route 😀

For me, a comfort type book is something light and easy. Something engrossing. A favorite author, part of a favorite series. I don’t tend to reread books, so my choice would probably be something new that I had not read before. Maybe a book by Nicholas Sparks or John Grisham, maybe a women’s fiction book by Debbie Macomber or someone like her, or perhaps one of my new favorites – a cozy mystery. I’m really enjoying this type of book lately, as well as just other murder type mystery suspense or thriller books. I just don’t like them to be very gory or overly descriptive of violence.

On a side note, we’re hoping to get some rain later today and maybe tomorrow. Tropical Storm Humberto is headed this way from the Texas coast, and we’re really hoping to get some good rain. My grass, flowers and trees and shrubs are beyond dry. We could really use the rain.

  1. stephanie Said,

    I’m all about a good cozy on a rainy, dreary day!! Speaking of which, I had a couple hours to kill yesterday, and I stopped at a little used bookstore I frequent. Came out with 5 cozies!! Guess I’m stocking up for those dreary days!

  2. Karen Said,

    Lately, my escape books have been Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. I just can’t wait to crawl into bed and read a couple chapters before falling asleep. I have some serious reading books on the stack and just can’t seem to get myself to pick them up! Funny, I seem to do better in the summertime wtih more serious reading because my days aren’t quite so hectic. At the beginning of the school year I just want something easy.

  3. gautami tripathy Said,

    After reading quite a few entries, I deduce we all haveour favourites. In a way, books are very personal. Something works for one and does not do a thing for another.

    To each his own. We all hve our own coping mecanisms. Books or no books.

  4. Coach J Said,

    Yes, I know you could. And the forecasts I’ve seen show you getting your fair share with the line of storms stopping just south of me. Sigh. Only time will tell…..
    As for the QOTD, I have no idea what I’d pick up to read. Probably some light Christian romance by Lori Wick. I can whip one of those out in an afternoon.

  5. Gail Said,

    Well that Humberto has dumped some rain so far, rained on me ALL the way home and still raining at home!
    I like light and easy books, Macomber is good and right now I’m enjoying the Beverly Lewis books of yours too!

  6. Shayna Said,

    Good question! When I am having a bad day, or a bad year as this past was from time to time, I stay away from any “deep” fiction and reach for fluffy sometimes a teensy bit trashy chicklit! I like light reading when its dark and dreary!

  7. Chris Said,

    Cozy mysteries are a popular choice!

  8. booklogged Said,

    I don’t tend to reread books either. If I was really down and out I’d watch a DVD. If I felt like reading I’d hope their was a Jan Burke, Dean Koontz, or another favorite author’s book available. So, yeah, we are in agreement on this question.

  9. BookGal Said,

    I’ll but anything in a favorite series is a popular choice too.

  10. Melody Said,

    Nicholas Sparks! I love his books. Anything light works for me under this circumstances.

  11. alisonwonderland Said,

    we have very similar answers to this one. it’s a good thing that i enjoy so many different series/authors that there is likely to be a new release almost all the time!

  12. Shawna Said,

    If it had to be fiction (which I would probably be reading one of my non-fiction, inspirational stories-type books — Chicken Soup-type), I would probably pick something light and fluffy, heavily laden with God’s hope or something along the lines of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants where I didn’t have to think too much.

    Of course my first mind numbing task would probably be watching a light hearted movie over reading.

  13. theresa Said,

    oh gosh that sounds like a country song or a life time movie- I would like to read a light hearted book with no romance, something like “My Cat Spit McGee” by the author of My Dog Skip. It was a good for the soul type of book

  14. kathy m Said,

    Ok, if that was my situation, I think that I would want some escapist type of reading material. I’m really into In the Company of Cortesans right now. That would fit the bill.

  15. Debi Said,

    Hope you get your rain! Not only will it help the yard…but it’s a good excuse to curl up with a book, right?

  16. JennaG Said,

    I think I would probably pick up a Mitford book–I’m not really one to re-read books. I do enjoy a good Karen Kingsbury book too.

  17. SnoopMurph Said,

    I don’t reread books either, but one of my favorite cozy books is actually reading poetry, like Maya Angelou or poem collections. I also love a fun mystery book to read.

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