Monday, May 17, 2010

Comfort reading

I've just finished the latest Kim Harrison book Black Magic Sanction which is pure escapism. I've read all eight books in the series now. They are definitely comfort reads - they pull me into another world where for a time I can forget about anything that's troubling me. A bit like alcohol but with no side effects and a much quicker recovery rate when real life calls.

Other authors I like for comfort reading are Diane Duane, Tanya Huff, and Terry Pratchett. What are your comfort books? Or do you prefer chocolate? (I like combining the two.)

17 COMMENTS:

JaneyV said...

Oh yes -Terry Pratchet for me too. A Pratchett, chocolate and tea combo is just heaven.

nitebyrd said...

OMG! I jsut LOVE Kim Harrions books with Rachel, Ivy, Jenks ... I do so miss Kisten.

Right now, I'm totally addicted to the Outlander series.

Books have a way of transporting that TV and movies don't have. I think because you actually have to use your imagination and brain!

Old Kitty said...

Oh fairyhedgehog - your blog is crying and all sad! :-(

What a week it's been for you - what a loss, I am truly sorry.

Terry Pratchett and alcohol with chocolate (a chocolate beer!)and endless Frasier re-runs are always, always comforting for me.

And cuddles from the kitty!

Take care and big hugs over the ether.

x

Simon Kewin said...

Yep, gotta concur with the whole Pratchett and chocolate thing. Whisky's good too, I find.

maybe genius said...

I'm partial to Madeline L'Engle and J.K. Rowling - their books always envelop me in a sense of nostalgia and feel-goodiness.c

fairyhedgehog said...

Jane, Simon, and Kitty I'm glad to see that you all agree on Pratchett and chocolate, even if like me Jane is keener on tea than on alcohol!

Kitty, yes I changed the look of my blog to reflect how I'm feeling. I did it at Christmas too but I don't think anyone noticed! Cuddles from my kitty can be a little daunting when he decides to bite!

nitebyrd, I'm glad you're another Kim Harrison fan. I haven't heard of the Outlander series. I'll have to look out for them.

maybe, I haven't read Madeleine L'Engle for a while now but I remember loving her A Wrinkle in Time.

jjdebenedictis said...

Terry Pratchett is one for me, definitely, but I'm currently re-reading the Harry Potter books as a comfort nosh/book.

I always appreciate chocolate, but given its tendency to give me headaches, it's not necessarily comfort food. It's more like alcohol in that sense--getting a painful hangover is a real possibility.

jjdebenedictis said...

PS - The Outlander series is by Diana Gabaldon, and I believe in the UK it's called "Cross Stitch". No one (including Diana Gabaldon) knows why it was given a different name when it was released in North America.

Jen said...

Your blog is cute, I love the rain falling across the page it's so cool!

I love comfort reading, the Harry Potter series is definitely a comfort series for me!

DJ Kirkby said...

Like the new look of your blog! I enjoy reading Terry Pratchett if I want 'junk food' for my brain :) his novels make me laugh and takes me away from the stresses of everyday life.

Robin S. said...

Hot tea, some chocolate (alomost any kind, I'm not picky) and a book to read is the place I always want to be when I need comfort. Under a blanket in cool weather, on the couch, or in summer, wine and chocolate in a lawn chair on our deck. I reread old favorites when I need comfort. Which one depends on what kind of comfort I'm needing right then...

Scarlet Blue said...

It's all changed here again!
Comfort reading - has to be Mavis Cheek and David Lodge.
Sx

fairyhedgehog said...

jj, so you're another Pratchett fan! We've got enough of us in here for a book club. It's a pity you can't use chocolate for comfort but I suppose it's easier on the waistline if you don't. Oh, and thanks for the info on "Cross Stitch".

Jen, thank you for the kind words!

DJK, I'm glad you like the look. I like the way Pratchett makes me laugh, too.

Robin, yay for chocolate and favoutite books!

Scarlet, I don't know either of those authors. I'll need to check them out.

Bernita said...

Eddings, Elizabeth Moon, L.E Modesitt, Jr., and on and on.Lots of comfort reads.In fact any books where good wins, justice is served, and the heroes survive.

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I like Elizabeth Moon too, especially Speed of Dark and Remnant Population.

Lisa said...

perhaps I'll have to check this series out. I currently have in my stack to read the latest book by Lisa Shearin, I've enjoyed her series so far. I really like reading books that are already establisthed, that way I get to read one after the other rather than waiting the next year!

fairyhedgehog said...

Lisa, that's a good idea about established series. I hate having to wait for the next one to come out!

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