This week, I’ve been resorting to some of my favorite comfort reads. Every now and then, you just need the literary equivalent of a fuzzy old afghan, warm and comforting. Here are my bookshelf security blankets:
— Tam Lin, Pamela Dean
This book was my touchstone in college, and I still re-read it whenever I need to be reminded of the important things in life: poetry, philosophy, good friends. And, of course, fairy tales.
— Beauty, Robin McKinley
A beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’d never thought about it before, but Beauty and Tam Lin, despite entirely different settings, have a lot in common: lyrical prose, bookish heroines, and the intrusion of magic into the every day.
— The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
Even better than the Anne books.
— The Ladies of Missalonghi, Colleen McCullough
Essentially The Blue Castle all over again, but with a bit of a twist.
— Walks through Napoleon and Josephine’s Paris, Diana Reid Haig.
Okay, so this one isn’t a comfort read, but it is preparation for my upcoming research trip to Paris, so it counts as a necessary interruption.
What are your comfort reads?