Thursday, November 02, 2006

Comfort Books?

For those who have read Inkheart the following may seem like a plagiarized thought, but I must admit Inkheart and Meggie’s bookish love can be something many of us book enthusiasts can relate to. So, have you ever found a book or books that you keep coming back to and re-reading and re-reading that just provides a sense of balance or comfort? I am sure these thoughts and questions have been put forth a dozen or more times now, but I am in the midst of a book transition (that is code for I haven’t had time to gather my read books and put describing words to them). So, maybe the questions are more from a self-serving pursuit, but other points of view are always of interest. And, I thought “hum” I could use this time for discovering what others think. Because when it comes to books there are so many genres, likes, dislikes, and generally a lot to choose from.

The question would be what children’s book be it picture, board, or chapter do you still read and re-read even today? The nice thing about having a librarian background (opposed to when I was a bean counter) and now having a child is I don’t have to try and justify to other adults why I am reading a children’s book. I never quite understood the mentally of “that’s a children’s book” so adults can’t read it. There are so many reasons why reading a children’s book is the right book. I do love my “adult” books as well, but there are times when the comfort of a familiar character or simplistic plot just seems perfect for the moment. I have several books I could name, but I am interested in your comfort book(s). Feel free to enlighten me. Thanks.


Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Wow! I have so many of those. Tough to name just one. But favorites that I return to over and over again include:

- The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Maida Books by Inez Haynes Irwin
- Anne of Green Gables
- The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key
- Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

I think that my list is specific to me. It's not that these are the best children's books, but there's a particular nostalgia about these books for me. I think it's like Meggie says (somewhere): I can visit my own childhood self by re-reading these books. And sometimes, especially when grown-up life is stressful, that's a pretty nice thing to do.

10:33 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

Welcome back to the blogging world PJ...
I enjoy An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and Stuart Little by E.B. White and anything by A.A. Milne

5:43 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

I have several volumes of fairy tales that I like to flip through when I'm "in the mood." I also LOVE re-reading the young adult serials of my youth, mainly The Baby-sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Choose Your Own Adventure, and your favorite girl detective and mine, Nancy Drew. I'm actually reading a book right now that follows her origins and impact on society. Very interesting!

9:37 AM  
Blogger cloudscome said...

I love Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Make Way for Ducklings, The Story About Ping and the Little House books. My list could keep going on and on....

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Becky Levine said...

Definitely Anne of Green Gables for me, too.

The Secret Garden.

Some of mine are British, because my mother grew up there & passed the books she read on to us.

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.

Pretty much anything/everything by E. Nesbit.

Edward Eager's Time/Magic books--yay!

Yes, Enid Blyton's Fabulous Five.

Not children's books, but my all time Return-To books: Agatha Christie's mysteries. Talk about comfort.

Becky Levine

4:35 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I posted mine:

Great idea!

7:15 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

This may fit into the comfort zone of the right book. Well, I did reread the novel "Match made in Heaven". Good story. It does have an ending that gives comfort.

5:43 PM  
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