Reaching for a Comfort Read

Lifestyles of a Book Nerd

This is a topic near and dear to my heart because as much as I love reading new books and discovering new authors, sometimes I really need a book that I can count on. This is where comfort reads can make all the difference. Maybe I’m in a bad mood or had a terrible day and I want something guaranteed to lift me up. Maybe I’m in a reading rut and I’ve been DNFing book after book or maybe I’ve read too much of one genre and I need something to shake it up. Whatever the need, all readers have books or authors they can rely on for a comfort read.

Typically, my comfort reads will be books I’ve given a 5 star rating to because I loved every part of the book. These are my all time favorites that I could read over and over again without getting tired of the story, the characters, or the romance. Contrary to the word “comfort” my choices don’t have to be light-hearted or easy going. My comfort reads come from all kinds of romance genres which makes it easier if I’m in the mood for a particular types of story.

So what makes a book a comfort read for me? The biggest thing is that it’s deeply emotional. I read romance because I adore seeing people fall in love and find happiness and one of my favorite parts of this is the romance that a couple shares. All those long gazes, small touches, and comforting kisses are like catnip to my romantic heart. A few of my favorites for emotional reads include Slave to Sensation or Craving Beauty by Nalini Singh, Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh 302638 30334 Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye

The other biggest draw for me is amazing characterization that makes the hero, heroine, or both feel so real to me. These are characters that I fall in love with and they really latch onto my heart; whether they’re funny, witty, protective, or growly. I go for these comfort reads because it’s like visiting old friends that I haven’t seen in a while. My favorites include A Lot Like Love by Julie James, Beta Test by Annabeth Albert, Dark Protector by Alexis Morgan, and Easy by Tammara Webber.

A Lot Like Love by Julie James Beta Test by Annabeth Albert Dark Protector by Alexis Morgan Easy

The comfort read can be vital to any book nerd’s life and reading habits. Not every reader likes to re-read books but I can promise you every read at least has a few go-to authors they know will write an outstanding book. For someone like me, a chronic re-reader (don’t judge), these books and authors mean everything and we become loyal fans.


What are some of your comfort reads?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Reaching for a Comfort Read

  1. Another great post, Alex!
    I never considered myself a re-reader. You might say I just never found a book I loved enough to want to read again and I guess that could be true. But when my obsession with romance novels began, I finally started to re-read books! Though it was on rare occasion. For some reason I always feel guilty when I decide to re-read one. I feel I could be using that time to discover a new book and I’m constantly searching for the next amazing read. I spent an insane amount of time looking for the right one. Last year, I started to really embrace the idea of re-reading books and lately I’ve been doing it a lot! It helps me when I’m in a rut and desperate to be consumed by a book. To find comfort in a great read. This post has certainly made me feel better about it.
    Okay, I’ve rambled long enough lol It’s your posts! They hit home with me 😊

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