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Comfort Things: Books You Return To

In this series, I've asked my YA Highway co-bloggers about their comfort things -- the food, music, movies & TV, and books that help guide them to their cozy, happy places, where the best writing magic happens. We'd love to know about your comfort things in the comments!

comfort books

(those books you return to again and again and again...)


this is going to make me sound ridiculous maybe but Pablo Neruda and e.e. cummings are my go to for comfort and stability. Staring at my collection of books is also a great calmer.


The Fault in Our Stars - Since it came out, I've honestly listened to the audio a half dozen times. I sometimes skip the sad parts, though. There's just something soothing about Hazel's voice. And it reminds me of the sort of writer I want to be. Pride and Prejudice - It's been a favorite since I was 12 or so. I could honestly read it every day and never get sick of it. I love the characters so, so much. Tuck Everlasting - It really is just hte definition of charming. I read it when I was eleven, and I was so in love. It's just nostalgic and sweet and innocent. It can always cheer me up.


Harry Potter is really the only thing I reread just for fun.

Kristin O:

Finnikin of the Rock, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Finnikin is my comfort book simply because it's such a rich, empowering story; the characters make me want to be better and believe in better things. The other three are childhood books, or books that remind me of childhood.


Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (even though it's not her best book) because Francesca and her friends are exactly the people I wish I had known in high school and reading about them always cheers me up. For swoonworthy contemporary, almost everything by Sarah Dessen, but especially Just Listen and The Truth About Forever. For swoonworthy fantasy, Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore. And for motivation and humour in the face of the overwhelming, nothing beats Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.


Ella Enchanted: it ALWAYS makes me feel happy. And it's short enough that it's not a big time commitment to reread. The Golden Compass (& sequels)--this is more of a time commitment, but very inspiring. The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer: another short, happy book. It is possibly the most adorable book ever. Across the Wall by Garth Nix: the beginning of it is a companion novella to his Abhorsen trilogy, and then the rest is various short stories he's written, and they are all so different and interesting, I never get sick of reading this.


not necessarily to help me start writing, but I love the Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones, Harry Potter, and Calvin & Hobbes for comfort reading.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins; Where She Went by Gayle Forman; The Harry Potter series; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; The Lord of the Rings series


Beautiful by Amy Reed, Pet Sematary by Stephen King, Sloppy Seconds by Megan McCafferty, Jemima J. by Jane Green

Kristin H:

Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables (so much that covers have gone missing. Also, I'll often skip to my favorite parts just to get a quick comfort rush), and anything Jane Austen because they're funny (the supporting characters are always, always my favorite). Any book that makes me ugly cry: How I Live Now, especially. My tbr pile is so tall that I often despair of rereaders' guilt, so don't reread all that much.

Me (Kirsten):

I can always reread favorites, but the book that puts me in the very best headspace is Watership Down by Richard Adams. Bunnies!

What are your comfort books?


Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. Harry Potter is pretty much the only one on my list! The audio books are AMAZING!

    1. I agree! In the US, Jim Dale reads it -- and I have to say, he has pretty much set the bar for all audiobooks I listen to now.

  2. I love Saving Francesca too! It's definitely one of my favourite comfort reads. Other comfort reads are; I Capture the Castle, The Scorpio Races. The Pursuit of Love, His Dark Materials, and Garden Spells.

  3. I was just talking about this with my classmates. Mine, like Kaitlin's, is Ella Enchanted.

  4. Mmm...

    The Hobbit, definitely. I check out The Claidi Journals (by Tanith Lee, book one is Wolf Tower here in the US) from the local library regularly. And anything by Frances Hardinge, if I'm in the mood for really mind-bogglingly-outstanding prose.

  5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Saving June by Hannah Harrington,The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and Pride and Prejudice for me! I'm in my freshman year of college and have completely destroyed my copy of The Sky is Everywhere from so many comfort rereads.

  6. Harry Potter definitely tops my list for comfort reads, followed very closely by Pride and Prejudice. I don't know why I'm so surprised to see them both as a common response here...I thought I was the only one. Seriously. Guess I need to get out more.

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  8. Melina Marchetta. From Francesca to Josie and Taylor - all of them are like family I can keep returning to for a visit. I first read Marchetta as a teenager, and just had an instant connection with her characters - so re-reading her now brings me back to that moment when things started clicking for me, and I was finding my place in the world.

  9. Right now my comfort read is Divergent (and Insurgent). After a hard semester or getting through something else difficult, I pull it off the shelf and find some of my favorite scenes to read. Also, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Giver series (which I'm currently reading), and North and South by Elizabeth Glaskell, which amazingly is better than the movie.

  10. Harry Potter, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, and everything by Tamora Pierce are all things I could reread every day and never get sick of them!

  11. Harry Potter is definitely a comfort book. Also, Lord of the Rings. But my favorite comfort books are by Tamora Pierce; Wild Magic, Alanna.. etc. One of my favorite authors!

  12. I love how many times Pride and Prejudice have come up. My favorites are the Secret Garden, the Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones, and the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright--the Four Story Mistake and such. Also a bunch of the old collie books by Albert Payson Terhune, my favorite being Gray Dawn, the heroic screwup.

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  14. Let's see...Harry Potter and The Dark Guardian Series by Rachel Hawthorne!!!

  15. I'm such a creature of habit. I can re-read and re-watch my favourite stories over and over again. For books, Harry Potter is my #1 go-to. With so many books, I can pick up a different one depending on my mood, and feel immediately at home. For movies, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars (the original series), and recently, Game of Thrones!


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