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There are few things in this world I love more than a new book. There's a whole world between the cover, endless possibilities waiting to be discovered. But there are times when I'm sick or tired or generally feeling like life is terrible and why don't I just crawl into a hole and cry. (Like after finishing a draft of a book, when you've poured out your soul and then the crippling self-doubt hits.)
Those are the days I reach for my comfort reads. The old, familiar friends that wrap me up in beautiful words, like an old afghan crocheted by my grandma. Picking up those books is like a hot cup of Sleepy Time tea with honey, served in my favorite mug which just happened to clean itself.
Most of my comfort reads are from my childhood. I've read each of The Chronicles of Narnia at least eight times, my favorite installments (Prince Caspian and The Last Battle) more often. I have portions of A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In the Door memorized. I had a long standing habit of reading A Little Princess every winter when the Ohio cold got to be too much. As an adult, I've added a few, mostly romances with the intellectual value of a fast food meal. None of them are books that particularly challenge me, but they bring me home. They allow me to temporarily escape the ordinary burdens of life and take up residence someplace beautiful and exciting and in its own way, healing.
I believe books are food for the soul and some books are comfort food. So tell me: What are your favorite comfort reads? What are the books you turn to when you need a leave from reality?