Curl Up With a Comfort Read
Comfort reads are a powerful thing. I always find that I come back to certain books time and time again that just feel good. Whether that’s a favorite book from childhood or one that I fell in love with more recently, there’s nothing more comforting than returning to cherished stories and worlds that you’ve already explored. It’s like coming home in a sense, and this time of year there’s nothing I love more than curling up with a book that feels like home.
Here’s a list of the stories that top my list of comfort reads.
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Ah, Harry Potter. If you know me then you know that there is no single book or book series closer to my heart. They are the books that made me the reader I am today and opened my world up in so many ways. To this day I can still find myself getting swept up in the magical world that J.K. Rowling so masterfully created. I know a lot of people who do an annual re-read of these books and to me nothing sounds better than curling up on a cold, winter day with Harry and friends.
2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This is the first YA romance that I fell head over heels in love with. Remy and Dexter’s romance was so relatable and real to me. I loved their banter, Remy’s resistance to his affections and how closed off she was to love. I fully related to her desire to hide her own fears and insecurities under a tough exterior. It was heartwarming to watch their romance unfold and to see Dexter break down her walls. Sarah Dessen is the master of contemporary YA romance but for me this is undoubtedly her best work and will always be one of those books that I come back to time and again when I’m craving a solid and simplistic love story.
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My favorite types of books are the ones that speak to you, move you and make you deeply sad when they come to an end. That’s how I felt about Fangirl. I went into it thinking that it would be a cute, fun read after really enjoying Eleanor & Park, but it was so much more than that. This isn’t just a quirky, quick read with a great cast of characters and a love story that makes you swoon. It is all of those things and more. It’s raw and honest and cleverly written. I fell so hard for this book and it quickly became a favorite of mine that I plan on re-reading for years to come. I’m still waiting for a guy like Levi to show up on my doorstep with a gingerbread latte.
4. Practical Magic by Alice HoffmanThis one might seem like the kind of book you dig into during the Halloween season, but for me it is the kind of magical book that appeals to me any day of the year. Alice Hoffman is a favorite author of mine and I could pick up any one of her books and lose myself in its pages, but this one was the standout that really captivated me. Not only do I love her ability to breathe life and magic into her stories, but the main reason why I find comfort in her books is because she is a family favorite. My mom has an impressive collection of Alice Hoffman books and she was the first author we bonded over, so her stories will always hold a special place in my heart.
How about you, Swooners? What are some of your favorite comfort reads?