Books are uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King
You know how there are certain foods that are considered comfort foods, well there are also books like that.
Sometimes life is just hard and confusing. Sometimes the only thing to do is read a book.
There are certain books that I tend to read when I’m sick or tired or stressed. I come back to these books again and again.
They are books that comfort me to read. They make me feel better. They help me to know that even when things are bad they will get better.
These are books that tend to make me feel safe and comfortable.
Part of the reason that these books are my go-to books is probably because of how I felt the first time that I read them, but these are books that I read again and again.
Today I want to share some of those books with you. They may not be the same books that you tend to read when you are tired, or sick, or stressed, but there is always a chance that one day they will be.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
I’m slightly surprised that this book has ended up here. This is a book that I never thought that I would read multiple times when I was told what it was about.
This is about a young woman who has never done anything and then finds out that she has a year for the most to live. So, she decides that she will really live it.
This is a book about change and that sometimes change is for the better. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who likes L.M Montgomery or Jane Austen’s, or anyone like that, writing.
Avalon by Stephen Lawhead
I like the entire series, but this one is probably my favorite.
It is a story of King Arthur’s return.
This is my favorite story of King Arthur’s return that I have read. There is something about this one that makes it almost seem like it could happen.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
There is something about a Jane Austen novel that is just so comforting, and this one is my favorite of them.
It is about Elizabeth Darcy who takes an immediate dislike to the proud and arrogant Mr. Darcy. The two of them spend the rest of the book learning to look past first impressions and to not be so proud.
I love the story. I love the characters. I love the writing style.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
There is something very special about these books for me. I know that for some people these are hard to get through, and I understand that the first time I read them it was one of the hardest things I had read up to that time.
It is about a Hobbit having to do something that seems impossible to save the world. It is about love, honor, and sacrifice.
This is a timeless story of good fighting evil.
It happens in our every day lives which is part of the reason that we are drawn to it. Although, it may not seem as dramatic as in books, we have to fight evil every day of our lives.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This book is just so familiar and comfortable. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have read it and every time it has been amazing. The book seems so simple and yet there is so much to it.
It is about four siblings who discover a magical realm in a wardrobe, and then are caught up in a fight between good and evil.
Perhaps, it is because I would love to find a magical realm that I love this book so much.
Actually, I could put most of the Chronicles of Narnia onto this list, but The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is somehow so special.
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
This is a very sweet, romantic, and yet down to earth, book.
It is about a young woman after her husband dies she is stranded out west with only a broken down wagon and the few things in it. In order to survive the winter she has to marry a man who needs someone to take care of his children in a strictly business arrangement. However, it seems that God has greater plans for her than she expected.
This is a book that reminds me that even when things are bad they can get better. Besides this is just a great book that there is real enjoyment in reading.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
I’m sure that I have to explain why this series is here.
But this is series that the characters almost feel real in. For a time you can lose yourself in a magical world where witches and wizards are a part of life. Although, the Muggles don’t know about that, of course.
These are some of my top comfort books. I have read all these numerous times. If you have not read them, they are all books that I highly recommend.
What are some of your comfort books?