When in Need of Comfort – Read

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brideofpendorric_coverMy life seems to be revolving around changes lately. My kids are growing older. My stepson and his wife are expecting their second baby. My husband is changing jobs and we’ve considered possibly moving to another state. And my writing career isOutlander-1991_1st_Edition_cover going in a new direction, one I am excited about (though, as most changes are, it’s a bit scary as well). Up until now, I’ve focused on writing historical romances, but in a few short months, my first full length contemporary romance will be released by Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint.

There’s a lot going on. But one thing that never changes is my all-abiding love for books. I’ve recently starting rereading the guilty pleasuresAnita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I’ve read it multiple times, but I had to go to jury duty the other day and needed a book, and snagged the first in the series and just like that I got sucked right back in 🙂 It’s like an old friend. On a particularly stressful day, it’s relaxing to tuck myself up on the couch and disappear into someone else’s world for a little while. New books are, of course, amazing. But there is something about rereading a well-loved, favorite book that is so comforting.

My main go-tos when I need a little book lovin’ are the Outlander series, Victoria Holt’s books, the Wild Swan trilogy, Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, the Twilight series, Harry Potter – lol all books, now that I’m looking wild swanat them, that are very far removed from “normal” life. Historicals, paranormals, and urban fantasies. Hmm, well, I guess if I’m looking for an escape, books that aren’t set in my own world will get the job done 😉

Do you have a comfortable book love that you turn to when life gets crazy? What are your go-tos when you need a break?

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

6 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    Yes — I go to reading for comfort, too, and most of my comfort reads are distant from reality — such as historicals and fantasies of one kind or another. The closest I get to reality is mysteries, but even those aren’t much like real life.

  2. Pride and Prejudice

  3. Lisa Kleypas’ Smooth Talkin’ Stranger is a go-to. Outlander gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. And when I’m just sick of it – Kathleen Woodiwiss’ A Rose in Winter, read in the bath tub until I’m completely pruney!

  4. My comfort reads is anything by Georgette Heyer. I always feel like I’m home in her world.

  5. Historical romance for me! I love romantic suspense too but it’s seldom comforting!

  6. ginaconkle2013

    Hey Michelle! Congratulations on the new career direction for you. My jaw dropped when I read “My stepson and his wife…” You can’t be old enough to have a married stepson (with a second baby on the way!). Your post gave me the warm and fuzzies. The Wolf and the Dove, Dream of Me, and Prisoner of My Desire are among my comfort reads. I wish you the best with all the new turns you’re taking and about to take.