Comfort Reads

BitterCreeksRedemptionWhen Wave asked me to guest blog, I was honored. I mean, she has some great reviewers and awesome guests, like Josh Lanyon and Nicole Kimberling. Also, M.L. Rhodes will be making an appearance. Heck, how do I make my post entertaining enough for people to want to read on…lol. I’d like to be asked back at some point.

Then my mind jumped to my up-coming release, Bitter Creek’s Redemption, which comes out this weekend from Amber Allure. It’s an Old West story. I wrote it as a kind of homage to one of my favorite authors, Louis L’Amour.  I grew up reading his Westerns and loved them.

As much as I loved the Westerns, that isn’t what my post is all about. I want to talk about comfort reads or books that I like to re-read over and over, because some of them aren’t ‘comfortable’ books.

I have several books that I re-read at least once a month. And even though I know how the book is going to end, I let myself get wrapped up in the struggle of the hero’s life or journey.  I love to re-live the story again.  Sometimes it’s the way the author describes a scene or a person.  In other places, it’s the emotions the author evokes in the dialogue.

Like Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. No matter how many times I read it, it still brings tears to my eyes because of the emotions her words evoke. I can feel Vanyel’s pain and his loss, but in the end, his willingness to hope. Louis L’Amour westerns create the feel of the old west, deserts, heat, and the lowing of the cattle. 

There are days when I don’t have time to re-read the entire book, but I’ll visit dialogues, scenes, or chapters that I remember.  There are books I read when I was young, that I still visit from time to time. Of course, there are those that I won’t ever read again, simply because they’ve touched something in me that won’t let me forget it, but I can’t deal with reading it again.  Where the Red Fern Grows is one such story.

Do you have books that you like to visit again and again?  It can be any genre.  I’d like to check out what other people have as comfort reads.  Aside from the

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 marvelous list Wave and everyone is putting together.

Wave, thank you for inviting me to babble at everyone. I had fun and I hope I didn’t bore anyone too badly.


  • Great post TA!
    My teen years – that would be every book Mary Stewart ever wrote.
    Then I jumped to S. King and Koontz – into horror but stopped reading King after IT. That book sucked. His best for me were The Stand, Christine, and The Shining. Scared the crap out of me!
    Once I got married, I started reading some of my DH’s sci-fi…loved the Vorkosigan series. I still re-read Civil Campaign if I’m looking for something.
    Now…jeez, so many great m/m authors (most of what I read now) – and I won’t name any but you as my fav comfort reads. lol!

    All time favorite book – To Kill A Mockingbird. Hands down.

  • Hey there, TA, nice post.

    When I’m in need of comfort I turn to Fumi Yoshinaga. Especially her “Ichigenme” series, or her new one, “What did you eat yesterday?”

  • This is a great topic. I’ve enjoyed seeing what everyone’s listed as their comfort reads.
    I’m also an Agatha Christie fan. I’ve read all of her books, most of them several times over.
    Over the years, my choice of comfort reads has changed quite a bit. Back in the early days, I loved Jane Eyre, and Rebecca, then I discovered Georgette Heyer. I also loved Mary Stewart’s books, and all my paperback copies are worn and well read.
    In the last few years I turned to fanfic, and I have heaps of folders full of stories I love and read many times over.
    After I discovered gay fiction I found Mary Renault’s stories, and “The Charioteer” is a particular favourite, along with Joseph Hansen’s Dave Brandstetter series.
    I also re-read M Chandler’s Shadow of the Templar series over and over, plus Josh Lanyon’s books, and Jordan Castillo Price’s stories. I can add Charlie Cochrane’s “Lessons” series too, now, because I can see them being stories I’ll read over and over.
    I seem to do nothing but read!

  • When speaking of comfort reads the Heaven Sent series (minus book 2) spring to mind immediately and the Assignment.
    There are more books that I re-read several times like anything from JL Langley, Dune, some Mary Balogh novels, JR Ward.
    BTW how can LOTR be a comfort read? It is so awfully long that it will take days to finish and then the need to read something for comfort will have passed ages ago.


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