I’ve been re-reading Watership Down this week, because it resonates somewhat with my current project, which isn’t something I do a whole lot. Re-read that is. There are so many new books I want to check out that it’s hard to find time to go back to old favorites. But reading it reminded me of what a wonderful feeling it can be to immerse yourself in a familiar world and experience a story you know you love over again.
Just as there are comfort foods, I’m sure most avid readers have comfort reads: books you go back to when you’re down or out of sorts. Mine tend to be humorous novels–The Princess Bride and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are my standbys.
As a kid I read my all-time favorite novel, Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Changeling about a million times, because I so wanted to be part of that world, and when I was reading it I sort of was for a little while. (I talk about my love for it more here.)
What are your comfort reads? What books to you find yourself coming back to again and again?