TGIF: Comfort Reads

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TGIF at GReads is a fun feature for answering a book-blogging question posed by Ginger.

This week the question is: Comfort Reads: Which books do you go to for comfort & familiarity?  Is there a type of book you seek out when you’re needing that extra bit of comfort in your life?

Reading in and of itself is a comforting activity for me.  There is really nothing better than curling up with a good book and escaping into another world.  I often end up reading in the bathtub when I need to unwind and it almost doesn’t matter what I am reading.  So to broadly answer this question: fiction!  To more narrowly answer it, I suppose when I am looking specifically for something to perk me up I turn to romance and chick lit.  Usually something like Jennifer Weiner or Nora Roberts or the Jessica Darling series.  I turn to these sorts of books because they make me laugh and cry and because they promise a happily ever after.  Usually they keep me glued to the pages and distract me from whatever it is I need distraction from.  Also, the stories tend to be a little formulaic, but that is sort of reassuring, too.  Most of all they are hopeful sorts of stories and that is a certain mood-improver for me!

Do you like to read for comfort?  What do you like to read when you need a little pick-me-up?