Comfort book recs


It’s funny how our minds work. The calendar moves along, announcing a new year, and suddenly there we go, hoping that magic will make things different.

How naïve we are! 

It’s February now, and 2021 seems to have taken a few pointers from 2020, continuing along those tough lines. And when things are hard, and I’m tired of the daily battle of trying to be a better sister, daughter, friend, ally, and general human being, I need to take a moment for myself, a moment to take care of myself, a moment to regenerate the energy I need to start the day anew. So, with that in mind, I realized I needed to stop going for comfort food each time world or personal angst tried to pull me under. Instead, I built myself a comfort book list.

I’ve chosen the books that are closest to my heart, those books that are like warm hugs for the soul, and I plan on reading them for 5-10 minutes on crazy days (or longer if I have the time). I’m not much of a re-reader, so it’s only 9 books long, but when looking for comfort, the familiar soothes my heart. I thought I’d share them with you, in case you didn’t know them, because even if they don’t make it to your comfort book list, they’re still too amazing for words.

Fair warning: My favourite books are fantasy books, so it’s 89 % biased in that direction. Also, links go to their Goodreads pages.

  1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune – Do you like PIXAR movies? Because this book is exactly that, but in a book version. Get the feels, the joy, and the wonder while still learning how to be a better ally for those who have no voice.
  1. Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians (Series) by Brandon Sanderson – This book is a middle grade book but as with anything by Brandon Sanderson, be prepared to get your mind blown even if you’re not a kid. Do you like adventure, special powers, breaking of the fourth wall, and tearing down conspiracies? If the answer is yes, then this book series is for you. (There are 5 books as of this email with a last one coming in 2022, I believe. They’re all fantastic!) 
  2. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings – This book is all epic fantasy, with burglars, Gods, a book, and a talking cat. The authors had me at cat! I read this book when I was 15, and it remained my favourite book of all times for 15 years. I love the way the characters fight even when facing of the unmaking of the world.
  3. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – This is the only non-fantasy book that made it to my list. Be prepared to open your heart to this group of anxious people while trying to make sense of a crime that didn’t happen. It is fun, heart-warming, and lovely from wherever you look at it. Don’t miss out on it!

How about you? What comfort book would you recommend?

I hope we don’t have to regularly use these comfort book lists, but if we must, then I hope the books give you as much comfort as they have given me.

Till next time.


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