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.

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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.

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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?

 


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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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