Comfort Reads

Posted 23 March, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Discussion | 32 Comments

When I’m uber-busy, having a bad run of DNFs or just in need of comfort, I turn to my favorite series. There’s just something about revisiting those worlds and those characters that is like wrapping myself in a warm blanket with a snuggly puppy by my side. And, while I do enjoy some contemporary, the stories that hold my heart are of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy persuasion. It’s the magic, you see. The sense that there is something more to the world, something beyond our ken draws me. And super-hot alpha werewolves (and other magical creatures) certainly don’t hurt.

So, what have I been reading during this latest crazy period? I turned to two of my favorite authors, Nalini Singh (both her Psy-Changeling series and Guild Hunter series) and Patricia Briggs (reread part of the Alpha and Omega series and onto the fourth book in her Mercy Thompson series).

I love how these two authors weave their worlds so that it seems effortless (though we know the crazy amount of work that goes into creating worlds and characters that suck you in so completely). They really know how to write characters who are strong, protective and bad-assed with sass and humor to make them interesting both to the reader and to each other. Plus, their alphas are completely swoon-worthy (not that the women swoon all that often and, when/if they do, it’s usually because they’ve just kicked arse and taken names.).

During a reread, I tend to catch more of the nuance that I usually miss my first read through. This is an issue with reading too fast. Sure, you get to know what happens and get to the good parts quicker but you miss out on a lot of the little details. With a reread, I spend more time examining the world and, when I reread an entire series, I get to see the connections between the characters (like in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series), watch a character develop and grow (like Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson), and follow the series arc as it develops. And these two authors certainly have that ability to foster connections between their books that both satisfy, when one book is done, and tease, as readers beg for the next installment.

Besides my TBR shelves, the books I keep on my shelf are all by authors I love to reread. (Well, besides what I like to call my vanity books — those classics from Brit/American/etc. Lit classes and those blasted Norton’s anthologies. What? I read them. I just won’t ever read them again. But I have a hard time parting with them.) Of course, my Kindle is packed with books that I don’t *have* to get rid of to make space on my shelf but they’re not all books I’m planning on rereading. My bookshelves…they’re packed to the gills with old friends that I like to revisit from time to time.

So, who do you turn to for your comfort reads?

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32 Responses to “Comfort Reads”

  1. I used to re-read my favorites at least once a week until I started blogging. I really need to get back to doing this. It’s good for your soul.

    I mainly re-read all my vampy books at the time. Sookie books 1-4, The WVMP series by Jeri Smith Ready, Cat and Bones & a few contemporary romances like Nora Roberts.
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  2. Well my most rereads tend to actually be more philosophical in nature, but there are a few that I love to reread. I’ve been wanting to do that more… find the nuances I missed. Will probably wait until I quit the blog to really go back and do just that. In one way I can’t wait in another I want to read more new stuff. I’m never satisfied. 😀
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  3. I don’t re-read much, because I love meeting new characters way too much, but, when I do, I LOVE IT. Like you, I try to look for details and things I did not see before and I remember when I re-read The Mortal Instruments, I saw how witty CC’s lines she writes are and how beautiful Alec & Magnus’ relationship really is. Anyway, hope this re-read binge will help you with not DNFing so much anymore :))
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  4. I haven’t done a re-read in quite some time thanks to blogging. I need to do it soon. Kristen Ashley is one of my comfort reading authors. If I’m getting too much drama and angst from my contemporary romances, a good old twisty mystery will set me right, but I do love to fall back on Mercy Thompson or Ilona Andrews, as well. Must get to Patricia’s Alpha & Omega series soon. 🙂
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  5. I definitely turn to more contemporary books when I need a comfort read, usually I need something light and fluffy with a bit of romance to cheer me up, so its usually something either by Meg Cabot or Sophie Kinsella, their books are always likely to cheer me up in no time, thanks for sharing your great recommendations with us Mary! 🙂
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