I've been feeling sick the last couple of days. Nothing major, just some uncomfortable symptoms that have made my days a bit of a drag. And we've all been there, right? Cold and coughs, tummy troubles, general aches and pains... mild and temporary sickness is, thankfully, always on the way out and we can look forward to feeling back to normal relatively soon. But waiting for it to get to that stage can sometimes be the hardest part of all. In the meantime, I've been itching more than ever to hunker down with a few of my favorite TV shows or movies and, of course, a gigantic stack of comfort reads.
What are comfort reads, you ask? Simply put, these are the books that I turn to when I'm down in the dumps. When I'm sick or anxious or sad, these tried and true reads will always help lift my spirits. Because nothing is ever going to give you that shot of "Everything is going to be okay" like a truly beloved book. They're all rereads, naturally, books that I know I can find just as much enjoyment in the second, third, fourth time as I did the first. My list is also a little bit random, with books taken from different seasons in my personal and reading life... and not all of my favorites are included among them.
See, the thing about comfort reads is that you can't just go to your shelf and pick your favorite books of all time. I adore The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, but I wouldn't exactly call that a warm and cozy read. Maybe you're obsessed with Game Of Thrones but page after page of death and violence aren't exactly your idea of a pick-me-up. Plain and simple, these books need to make you smile, make you laugh, make you cry, make you snuggle down on the couch or in bed and read the entire thing to your heart's content. They don't have to be "great" in the award-winning, revered sense of the word. They just have to speak to your soul on a very personal level.
If you don't already have a pile of comfort reads you can pick up, my only question is, "What are you doing with your life?!" If you're in need of a list to call your very own, but you're not sure which reads should be on it, here are my own six comfort reads and why I chose them. Hopefully this will give you some feel better soon inspiration.