Comfort Food

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Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?

(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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112 responses

  1. Hi everyone! Here’s mine.

    Happy BTT! :)

  2. Hello all,

    This is the second time I am posting here. I look forward to read you all.

    Mine is up now:
    Booking Through Troubled Times

  3. Here’s mine (hope this gets there – the other comments I tried don’t seem to have!)

    http://www.booksplease.blogspot.com

  4. [...] 13th, 2007 · No Comments booking through thursday On Reading Be sure to visit the original post at Booking Through Thursday for links to all the other entries–they are really fun to read. Okay . . . picture this [...]

  5. Mine is up! Thanks!

  6. Wow…. when I started my post there were only two comments. Okay, so I got distracted :-)

    Anyway, it’s up.

  7. Literary comfort food — I like it. I agree with Trish that this applies to rainy-day reading, too. My answer is here:

    http://barbarah.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/booking-through-thursday-comfort-food/

  8. Hey folks–for whatever reason, we’re having the same spam-filter problems we had last week. Lots of valid comments are getting caught in the filters. I’m checking periodically, so . . . if your comment doesn’t show up right away, chances are you’ve been filtered out but will be “released” just as soon as I can!

  9. Old friend kiddie-lit. Probably Little Women or Anne of Green Gables.

  10. Finally on time for a change.

    http://xinef.livejournal.com/152501.html

    I have a lot of “comfort reading” books, and yes, that is exactly what I call them. Books I’ve read so many times, I could recite the plot easily, but that I still love to read. Anne McCaffrey’s Crystal Singer trilogy (all three books), the first three books in her Pern series (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, White Dragon), also her Harper Hall trilogy (DragonSong, DragonSinger, DragonDrums). Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Series, esp the novels in Pilot’s Choice.

  11. I tried to do the trackback thing, but it doesn’t seem to be showing up. In any case, my post is here.

  12. Mine is here. And it’s still Thursday! Just.

  13. I have posted, but – filtered out again!

  14. I’ve posted, too – and been filtered out…

  15. Dang… now that’s a painful list of catastrophes! Here’s my reply.

  16. I played along this week! Check it out here. :)

    Have a great day and Happy Reading!!!

  17. HEA is what I need. Really, who needs to feel even more down with what they read?

    http://janicu.vox.com/library/post/btt-comfort-food.html

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  19. Here’s mine – my first Booking through Thursday and I managed to get it wrong. Memo to self, you need to provide a title before you publish!

    http://geraniumcat.blogspot.com/2007/09/okay.html

  20. After reading through BTT few entries, I see that we all have our favourites. In a way, books are very personal. Something works for one and does not do a thing for another. Reading poetry, braincandy, romance, comics or anything else depends on the particular mood at that time.

    To each his own. We all have our own coping mechanisms. We all develop overnight skills to deal with the catastrophic situation… Books or no books.

  21. (Funny that this turns up on Booking through Thursday just days after I posted about my blog-birthday contest, which has a similar “what would you pick when you can choose only a few things?” theme.)

    For comfort reading, I would probably turn to The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy, which I’ve read a gazillion times. It’s a black-and-white world with no moral ambiguity. The good guys get to be heroes, and the bad guys get their just desserts. It’s a feel-good, happy ending. Well, until you get to the part where Frodo is miserable and still in pain years after the ring is destroyed. Maybe I’d just stop with the scourging of the Shire.

    This reading would, of course, be accompanied by my favorite nonliterary comfort food: instant macaroni-and-cheese (yes, with the packet of cheese powder)–eaten straight out of the pot. (Because I know I’m going to eat all of it anyway, so why dirty up another dish that needs to be cleaned, right?)

  22. [...] Booking through Thursday: Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your [...]

  23. Happy Booking Through Thursday Everyone & Deb! Hope everyone have a nice day!

    Here is mine!

  24. The short answer is: I don’t read in times of crisis. For a longer explanation, please see my blog entry.

  25. Gone With the Wind – it covers everything, and really, the Civil War can make anyone’s personal tragedies look pretty good!

  26. This was a tough one for me. I’d probably crochet instead of read, but here’s my answer: BTT-Comfort Food

  27. I’m late, but I’m here

    This was a thought provoking one for me; I’m interested in reading everyone else’s responses.

    Have a good weekend, y’all!

  28. Books have been comforting me quite a bit lately :)

    Here’s my answer:

    http://beccasbyline.blogspot.com/2007/09/comfort-reading.html

  29. Bit late today, but here it is: Comfort Food

  30. Mine’s up, have to go check out everyone else’s to see their answers! :) Happy BTT!

  31. It is still Thursday and mine’s up. Happy BTT.

  32. Woah. It’s Friday where I am now, so from my POV, I’m late! :D But here it is!

  33. Mine is up here. Just scroll down a bit….

  34. Mine’s posted at Home Ground

    Happy reading!

  35. a href=”http://literaryfeline.blogspot.com/2007/09/booking-through-thursday-comfort-food.html”>Mine’s up.

  36. Late, I know, though it’s still technically Thursday in my time zone, but with no less appreciation. Great question this week.

  37. [...] Booking Through Thursday asks: Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better. [...]

  38. Robert Asprin’s “Myth” series is where I want to go for laughs when I’m down. Too bad he isn’t writing them anymore. (He has co-written some, the first of which wasn’t quite funny enough) Christopher Moore is a good, newer, author who tickes my funny bone. I also read the scripts for Blackadder and Red Dwarf etc. If I’m down, comedy is my best friend.

    BTW You guys really get up at 5:00 am to do this? Night shift? Time zone shift? Mind shift? As you can see, I’m only a day late so I didn’t bother to post something on my own blog.

  39. When I’m down and I feel like reading… I actually tend to read books of non-fiction. It helps me take my mind off the things that are bothering me.

  40. Let me try this again since I seem to have forgotten how to link properly. Haha
    Mine’s up.

  41. A day late and at the end of an amazingly huge list, but here you go anyway!

    http://sueysbooks.blogspot.com/2007/09/booking-through-thursday-comfort-food.html

  42. Here is my answer, a few days late. it’s brief, but simple.

  43. not sure if doing this right but my answer is on following blog…

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&friendID=114364426

  44. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco–it’s intriguing and literary, and I can get lost in it.

    The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry–it’s just the cutest book I ever read.

    Chekov and Poe.

  45. And here I am, sneaking in at the last minute: http://web.mac.com/akagracie

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