Do you have a stack of comfort books? Books you return to time and again, especially in the winter months when your body only wants to crawl beneath a cozy quilt and read, read, read? Or it that just me?
I call these my macaroni and cheese books, rich and satisfying to the soul, and as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. I can easily slip into the pages and lose hours. Much like comfort foods, comfort books satisfy some deep craving. The good news? Books are fat free (unless you snack on chips while reading). In fact, you’ll burn calories while reading. I know because my Fitbit tells me.
The best news? You’ll feed your brain and expand your world.
Yes, I have stacks and stacks of new books to read, so I may not re-read all my comfort books each winter. But even reading a few paragraphs or chapters allows me to tap into a special place. Especially during the cold, cold night.
Here are a few of my favorite comfort books… I believe if I studied the list long enough I could come up with an overall theme incorporating nature and history and the search for something great and real. Or maybe I just like books with covers in shades of red and blue?
- To Kill a Mockingbird. What can I say? I love Scout and Atticus. Always will. Her voice and curiosity, his morality. This book is impactful.
- To Dance with the White Dog. This story is gentle and bittersweet. It affected me like no other.
- Bird by Bird. I find anything by Anne Lamott to be comforting, and this is my favorite of her books.
- The Secret Garden. I remember exactly where I was when I read this one. The Secret Garden was the first book I truly got lost inside.
- Little Women. I wanted to be Jo.
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. If I couldn’t be Jo, I wanted to run away and live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art like Claudia Kincaid.
- The Choiring of the Trees. Incredible tale written by one of Arkansas’s best storytellers, Don Harington. Why isn’t this a movie?
- Cold Mountain. Beautifully written story set in the Civil War focusing on things we all desire—love, comfort and hope for the future.
Tell me about your comfort books. I bet you have a few, too.
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