Friday, September 16, 2005
What's your comfort book?
I don't actually have a book that I go to whenever I am feeling down. My lows don't really last long enough for that. I like the idea though and thought that maybe it doesn't have to be when you are feeling down. I think a comfort book can be one which you know you can go back and read again without being disappointed. Or when you are needing a little reassurance. I rarely go back and read books again. There are too many new things out there that I haven't read yet. That and I don't think I will ever completely get rid of my 'to be read' pile. But I decided to chose a comfort book.
My immediate thought was to chose fantasy and then I went straight to Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. So my comfort book is "Dragonflight" by Anne McCaffrey. I have always loved dragons and this was the first series of books that I read with dragons in them. When I first began reading them I hadn't been reading fantasy for that long. I really didn't know much about it. All I knew was that I wanted to read a book about dragons where they weren't evil. I was not disapointed with this. I was fascinated as soon as I began reading and devoured it. It took me about a year and a half to read the rest (with other things in between) and I am now familiar with the whole story. These books are just pure escapism which I think makes them ideal comfort books. So despite the fact that I am reading two other books I am also going to read "Dragonflight" again. I'm not feeling blue or anything. It's just thinking about what books I would chose has got me in the mood to read it again.
If anyone else has a comfort book I would love to hear it.