This morning when my agent phoned, she asked, “How are you? I mean, apart from the world being miserable, of course.” And of course that is how it’s felt lately. Orlando, Jo Cox, Brexit, Istanbul…
How do we cope in these times? Some days I end up crying and reading the news nonstop, unable to detach…and unable to work. After those times, I have to go offline completely to get my work done. Now I’m trying to take in the news in short, controlled chunks, doing whatever I can see to help…and then coming back to my work and my kids without letting myself be wrecked for them.
Last week I asked for recommendations of comfort films. But comfort books get us through hard times, too.
Here are some of the books that I’ve reread again and again through hard times, immersing myself in their worlds. This isn’t a list of my favorite books, it’s a list of my favorite comfort books, which isn’t exactly the same thing, although those two lists do overlap – my comfort books are among my favorites, but some of my favorite books aren’t on this list because they aren’t comfort reads:
In MG and YA:
In adult f/sf:
In adult romance:
What about you guys? What are your favorite comfort reads to escape into when you need to?