Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. I have a selection of books I call Comfort Reads. These are the books I re-read over and over mainly for the feels. There are some I read when I am sick, some when I am down, some when I need to reaffirm my faith in humanity, etc. So, for today’s topic I picked all comfort reads, as I love them but rarely discuss them on my site. In no particular order here are my top ten comfort reads that I haven’t talked about enough.
Jemima J by Jane Green. This is one of these books that I can just sink into after a bad day. – Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. A rainy day favorite of mine (see my review here). – With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after…and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman’s sense of herself in the world around her. From prenatal yoga to post birth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, “Little Earthquakes” is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.
Sweet Girl by Rachel Hollis. I heart Max and re-read her journey when I need to be reminded to not judge a person by their attitude (see my review here). – Max Jennings is in a bad mood. It’s not anything you did; it’s just that secrets from her past make it her natural state of being. But she’s not going to talk about it or share her feelings, so don’t bother asking.
The Wedding by Julie Garwood. This one and the next one are my go-to’s when I a kick of romance. – Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war — and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her…
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. You wouldn’t think that a scary-ass vampire would fill my need for romance, but there is just something about him that does (see my review here). – A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Clocking in at over 700 pages, this one never fails to make me sink in and forget about the world. – Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. A companion to the book above, at almost 850 pages it is not short on words or feelings, this one makes me ugly cry every time. – As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes. A read for when I want to beleive that good thins do happen to good people. – The chances of three such diverse, equally unsatisfied women bonding would be remote anywhere except in staid Dublin town, “the magazine version of Siberia.” And once they do, they’re going to start shaking things up — in print and out of it –.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This book has EVERY feel.- Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Oh young love, sweet and tragic , sometimes I just need to be reminded of it. – Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
So that is my list of ten comfort books I needed to talk more about. What are your top picks?
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