The Sunday Salon 8.22.2010 – Comfort Reads and a Surprise

The Sunday

I didn’t actually get that much reading done this week so if I did my normal Sunday Salon, it would look much like last week’s. Instead, I wanted to focus on one of my books specifically.


But first, I must share with you the Wonderful Thing I received in the mail yesterday. A few days ago, I got an email from Michelle of Le Mei Muse, telling me that she found something at Goodwill for $0.75 and bought it with me in mind and that she’d send it to me if I liked. Naturally, I immediately wanted whatever it was more than anything else in the world. So I waited a few days until this showed up:

I LOVE it! The little “Reading is Sexy” mug has become my internet presence and now I can take it out into the real world (plus, Rory wore this shirt on an episode of Gilmore Girls).

So thank you, thank you, thank you, Michelle. I love it. I want to wear it immediately. Also, you should all be following Michelle’s blog – she’s hilarious and artsy and just a joy to know.


Ok, on to the discussion.

For the past few weeks, I have been listening to the Harry Potter series. It’s my first time through the audio but certainly not my first time through the series. I find myself drawn to reread these books every few years. In fact, I am currently listening to Prisoner of Azkaban, and I would bet that I’ve probably read this book at least 5 times previously (it’s my favorite so I think I’ve read it more than any other).

Harry Potter makes me feel happy. I love being back in this world that I now know so well. I miss the characters when I’m away too long. Harry Potter is officially my newest “comfort read.” I read it when I want something I know, something I love. But Harry Potter is simply the newest in a long line of comfort reads.

The first comfort read I can remember is Charlotte’s Web. I used to read it when I was sad (of course, it made me cry, but I think I find that’s true with a lot of my comfort reads). I would flip to my favorite parts and lose myself in the story of Wilbur and Fern. At a very young age, I understood the need for a comfort read. I even managed to salvage the tattered copy from my childhood.

When I got a little older, that book because Little Women. A few years ago, when I was rereading it, my mom caught a glance of it in my bag and asked, “how many times have you read that book?” I couldn’t answer that question other than saying “a lot.” When I read Little Women, I felt like a part of the March family. And sometimes that’s what I needed – to escape into their story for awhile and leave real life behind.

When I was a little older still, my comfort read became The Starlight Crystal by Christoper Pike. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book either but it’s probably even more than Little Women. I have such fond memories of rereading this book that I’m afraid to read it again for fear that it won’t be very good (what I call The Last Unicorn effect). But even if it isn’t, it helped me through some of those early teen angst-filled years and that is the most important thing.

After that, I don’t think I had a comfort read for awhile. I was at a stage in my life when I turned to my friends or movies or music when I needed to escape and not to books. I was still reading, but I don’t remember going back to a specific book over and over again.

I’m sure there were more along the way, but those are my comfort reads that stand out. They are the books I have opened time and time again because of their familiarity.

What are/were your comfort reads?

14 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon 8.22.2010 – Comfort Reads and a Surprise

  1. debnance at readerbuzz August 22, 2010 / 9:40 am

    The Little Prince.

    A Wrinkle in Time.

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

    Comfort reads are crucial.


    • Michelle August 22, 2010 / 10:26 am

      I’ve never read The Little Princess or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites but I don’t remember reading or more than once or twice.


  2. Kelly August 22, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Stephen King is my comfort read. Is that weird?


    • Michelle August 22, 2010 / 10:27 am

      Of course not – whatever YOU find comfort in. πŸ™‚


  3. Heather @ Book Addiction August 22, 2010 / 10:39 am

    Harry Potter is my comfort read, too. It feels like having lunch with an old friend when I pick up one of those books. πŸ™‚

    When I was a kid, my comfort read was Harriet the Spy. I read that book so many times the pages fell out, lol.


  4. Julie August 22, 2010 / 11:42 am

    I am a huge fan of Little Women too. I’ve probably read it 20 times in my life and every time I discover something new in it.


  5. Kristie August 22, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    I love the shirt! Hope you get to wear it soon πŸ™‚

    As for comfort reads, mine haven’t actually changed that much over the years–meaning, my comfort reads are the books I read in elementary school. In particular, The Rain Catchers by Jean Thesman, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and anything by Roald Dahl are my comfort reads. I have read HP multiple times (and PoA is my favorite too), so I guess they could be comfort, too.

    The newest comfort reads for me are, surprise surprise, Jane Austen. I can open any of them to a random page and just get sucked in. These I didn’t read until college, so they are newer comfort reads to me πŸ˜€


  6. Michelle August 22, 2010 / 5:11 pm

    Ahhh! I’m So glad you love it! I love that you love it! Yeah!! πŸ™‚


  7. Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict August 22, 2010 / 7:38 pm

    My comfort reads are Harry Potter as well. I’ve read Where the Heart is by Billie Letts a few times as well. I love the shirt!


  8. Emily August 23, 2010 / 7:55 am

    Very cute shirt!

    How funny – I’m listening to the Harry Potter audio books for the first time too! I’ve started with Chamber of Secrets, because I read Sorcerer’s Stone last month. I’m really loving listening to the audio books – Jim Dale is fantastic.

    When I was in Ireland I saw that Stephen Fry does the narration on the British audio books, which sounds excellent as well. πŸ™‚

    My comfort reads are:
    -Harry Potter
    -Betsy-Tacy books
    -Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

    And while I can’t exactly call them comfort reads yet, because I’ve only read them through once, I suspect that these two will become comfort reads over the next several years:
    -David Copperfield
    -I Capture the Castle


  9. Reeder Reads August 23, 2010 / 10:45 am

    I’m so jealous of your shirt- I’ve been looking for one forever!


  10. Melissa August 24, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    I love that shirt! Yay for Rory. Also, great comfort read picks. Sometimes it’s just so wonderful to be able to pick up a book that you already love.


  11. Vishy August 29, 2010 / 5:53 am

    That T-shirt is really awesome! Can’t wait to see the picture of you wearing that T-shirt!

    Harry Potter is really wonderful – one can keep coming to it again and again. ‘Little Women’ is also wonderful!

    My comfort reads for many years were Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’ by Alexandre Dumas. Nowadays I watch movies which change my mood and make me a pleasant person after a couple of hours πŸ™‚


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