As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’ve been doing a lot of DNF (‘did not finish’) when it comes to books. One thing that was suggested to me on Twitter by @BatgirlElimy was:
I thought long and hard about this (thanks Emily!) and thought I’d put together a list of comfort reads for when this happens again (I’m such a pessimist!). But hey, I’ll be prepared! I used to reread a lot when I was younger, now there doesn’t seem enough space in the day to do so. However, these books were so absorbing the first time round that I think they would be just the tonic.
1. The Nightingale series by Donna Douglas
Series seem to make me feel very cosy and comfortable. Maybe it’s because you know that all the main characters are going to get plenty of page time. I love nursing stories (historical in particular) and there are always sweet and funny scenes. (Plus I know that I still have books up my sleeve to read).
2. Anything by Richard Yates
Yes, I know that Revolutionary Road isn’t joyous (in fact, none of his books can be described as happy). But I always know that each story will be brilliantly written and a careful examination of the human character.
3. The Bunyip Bay series by Rachael Johns
Another series, this time life and love in rural W.A. It’s local, it’s hot (in terms of boys and weather) and there’s always a happy ending. Plus, there’s more to come in the series in 2016 with my favourite supporting character, Frankie, getting a book with her sister Simone.
4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Because a reading slump is nowhere as bad as what Scarlett O’Hara went through. And she had the guts to do it wearing a dress made from curtains.
5. A story so bonkalicious that you can’t help but be carried away…
Think Jackie Collins, Tilly Bagshawe, Tasmina Perry – the more outlandish, the better!
Care to share your comfort reads?