Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Comfort Fiction-- Part 3

In my series on comfort fiction, I have now covered movies, and television. The next logical place is books, right?

But how on Earth do I choose ONE book that comforts me to write about? I love to curl up in books, it is the best way for me to turn my brain off after a tough day? Reading is also a way to challenge myself, stimulate my brain, get my mind going.

There are just too many that I love too much to pick just one comfort book...
  • I read Ender's Game once a year. It reminds me of my adolesence (in a good way) and always inspires me
  • During tough times, the Sookie Stackhouse novels are incredible ways to turn off the world and escape into some juicy, fanciful, vampire stories
  • When I need reminded of how much power there is in simply being a woman, Margaret Atwood is always there for me
  • When I needed reminding that the the human spirit can prosper and overcome a lot more than one might think, my beloved Sherman Alexie is there for me
  • When I am craving the beautifully weird, hello John Irving
I just can't pick.

So here is what we're going to do-- tell me YOUR comfort fiction. What do you read when life gets rough? Or what book can you read over and over and over again? What book always fills you with some kind of something, or makes you feel infinite?

Post your answers (and the why) below. One lucky commenter is going to win a book... for once, I am not giving away Max and Menna! I am giving away one of my favorite works of comfort fiction, to be chosen based on the particular style of the winning commenter.


  1. Le Petit Prince amazes me in its wisdom. It's this tiny book that says *everything.*

    Mila 18 never, ever disappoints me. The revolution still happens, the hero is still tragic and in the end, there's still hope for a better world.

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being (and to some extent everything Kundera has ever written) soothe my restlessness. I am never a better version of myself than when I'm reading Kundera. I think it's because he makes me honest.

    Kerouac exists to torment me. He's the lover you always threaten to, but never leave. Someday, my death will be his fault.

    No matter how many times I read it, Wicked never bores me. It asks interesting questions in interesting ways.

    The Iliad quells the hockey fan in me during the offseasons. It is epic and violent and gorgeous.

    When I want a heartwarming book that involves organized religion and baseball, I revisit The Brothers K. It is one of only two books that has ever made me laugh so hard I cried.

  2. I had no idea True Blood was based off of a book. My wife is going to flip out.

  3. Chris they are based on TEN books! Charlaine Harris-- delicious mind candy...