TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. This week is a subject I love: Comfort Books.
Do you have books that you read over and over again when you need a smile or a cry or a good swoon? I have books like that. It doesn’t matter how any times I read them, they bring me such comfort. Sometimes old books (as in ones we’ve read so often we can recite them) are better than new ones. They’re like old friends.
When I need a smile, I always grab a Princess Diaries book. I’ve read the whole series many times, but I gravitate toward Forever Princess, Princess in Love and The Princess Present. Still, I’ve been known to reread the whole series at once when I need a larger supply of smiles. It’s like a big hug.
Another go-to happy book for me is Austenland by Shannon Hale. Anything that 1) references Jane Austen characters and 2)pokes lighthearted fun at Austenites is for me. The concept here (a girl who stays at a super-secret resort which recreates Austen life, characters and fantasies that star the patrons? Hello, I’m there) is fun and the humor, the writing and the characters are completely charming. And Mr. Nobley (the book’s Darcy)? Swoon City, baby.
Finally, a book that never ever fails to make me happy is The Truth About Forever. It has it all: humor, friendships, Armageddon experts (ha ha), romance and one of the most swoonworthy boys ever created.