June 3, 2014
Yesterday I was talking with a friend who’d had a staggering TBR pile of books and she wasn’t in the mood for any of them. I aksed her what was happening and she had some family stuff going on so I said, what do you feel like reading and she replied, ‘Rilla of Ingleside.” For those of you who are not fans of Lucy Maude Montgomery, this is a book from the Anne of Green Gables series. My friend needed a comfort read!
There are times in our life when a new book just won’t cut it for us and we need the familiarity and the promise of a comfort read. Comfort reads are those books that made us feel so amazing when we read them back in the day, that we still remember the feeling years later. Books that talked to us.
I write romance fiction because of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it at 14 and to this day I can remember initially how bored I was at the start, (my mother said, keep reading), I can remember my fury at that “horrible Mr. Darcy”, (my mother said keep reading) and then my rush of delight as Mr. Darcy revealed himself to be a true hero and my enormous SIGH of pleasure at the end of the book. That moment addicted me to happy endings.
I too also LOVED the Anne of Green Gables series and not unexpectedly, Anne of the Island is my favourite, because that is the book when Anne and Gilbert finally overcome everything and get engaged. The emotion in that book is wonderful and that is the one I will reach for to re-read. I also have a very old book that was my mother’s called Came A Cavellier, set in France between 1900-1945.
If I want to laugh and cry, I re-read Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Natural Born Charmer and This Heart of Mine. One day, when I have the time, I will re-read Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I read that at 15.
Of course, when you love an author or a book, you have to have a pilgramage so I dragged my family from Wisconsin to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and visited Green Gables, the haunted wood, the lake of shining waters and everything Anne. I was in heaven. They put up with me and ate ice-cream 😉
So what are you comfort reads? Which books do you reach for when things are a bit tough and you want to be wrapped up in a a fluffy quilt of reassurance and the promise of a reassuring read?