Happy Tuesday! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly feature run by That Artsy Reader Girl where you choose ten books to fit a weekly prompt. This week’s prompt is comfort reads. I love a good comfort reread. When I need something to help me wind down for bed or an escape from the world, there’s nothing like revisiting a story I know. I do this even more so with TV and actually haven’t watched a new TV show in years, preferring to rewatch old favorites again and again. But sometimes I’m not in the mood for TV or just want a book. I usually have a reread going at any given time and I don’t reach for them often but a chapter before bed or in between books of an old favorite is comforting in a wonderful way. These may not be what most would call comforting stories but they’re characters and stories that I love to get lost in.
I will never give Rowling any more of my money or support her in any way but Harry Potter is part of my childhood and I’ll never let it go. I love a good reread of this series. It’s such a comfort to be back with these characters I love. It reminds me of the simpler times when I first read them. It’s a great world to get lost in and the good guys always win. It is the ultimate comfort and I reread it at least every other year, typically just keeping it going reading a chapter some nights before bed.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My current reread and another series I turn to frequently is The Hunger Games. I don’t have the same sentimental attachment to this one as I didn’t read it until I was an adult but there’s something strangely comforting in reading this rather grim tale. I love the characters and again, the good guys win. I particularly like to pick up this one (and binge re-watch The West Wing) when I can’t take real politics any more.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I’ve only reread this once so far but I actually got myself a copy as I know I’ll reach for it again. This is one of the most wholesome and heartwarming stories I’ve ever read. When I need a little escape that is guaranteed to leave a smile on my face, I’ll be reaching for this one again.
Firebird Series by Claudia Gray
Sometimes comforting just means reading something familiar even if it’s not the happiest of stories. I absolutely love the Firebird Series and have already reread it once. There’s something about the way this story works and the characters that is totally captivating and sucks me in. I can totally forget about everything else and focus on this amazing world.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
If I need a good dose of happy without committing to a long series or even a novel, I turn to Heartstopper. I can read the entire thing in a day and it’s so cute and sweet and just makes me smile. I haven’t watch the TV series yet but plan to and I’m sure I’ll be adding that to my list of TV shows I frequently turn to.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Maybe not what a lot of people would call comforting but I can’t stop rereading The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’ve read it at least 10 times and I cry like a baby every time. I know the story and characters so well, it’s like visiting old friends. I love diving into their story and getting out my emotions, sometimes I just need a good cry and this is my go to.
Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
This book came out in 2020 and I’ve already read it 3 times. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it leaves me with a smile on my face. It’s not a well known romance and I wish more people picked it up because I think it’s simply adorable. I love these characters, they’re quirky and delightful and I’ll always enjoy spending a few hours with them again.
So that’s it for books I have already reread and likely will again. The remaining three are ones I haven’t reread yet but know I will at some point.
The Martian by Andy Weir
This was my favorite book of 2021 and is on almost every TTT post I write. I’ve only read it once but I know I’ll read it again. This book made me laugh out loud so many times. Doing my TTT for last week, I pulled quotes from this book and just that made me laugh and put me in the mood to read it again. I think I’ll pick it up over summer at some point when I could use a good laugh.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
This is another series that I loved but I haven’t yet turned to this one for a reread. I’m a little afraid that it wouldn’t be one that I could just read a little here and there and I’d end up bingeing it so making sure I don’t pick it up until I have the time to do that. This is another totally immersive world. Yes, it’s not happy or exactly comforting but getting lost in a magic world is its own type of comfort.
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
I recently read the second book in this series and it reminded me just how wonderful this world is. It’s got a mystery and ghosts so maybe not comforting but it calls for a snuggly reading night complete with a cup of tea and my pup and there’s nothing more comforting than that.