This month we asked our librarians to share their comfort reads/listens/watches/plays. Things that we can’t stop going back to, especially when we’re in need of a little pick-me-up.
I read Jon Klassen picture books. Circle, Triangle, Square, I Want My Hat Back.
Also, anything Gail Carriger writes is a comfort read.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is my favorite comfort movie.
Stardew Valley is my comfort game.
This will probably be the only time I respond with far more titles for watching than reading. I rarely re-read books, but I’ve read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series many times, and I always find it comforting. I also recently had a great time re-experiencing the Harry Potter series on audio and I imagine it won’t be the last time I read these books either.
But usually it’s movies I turn to when I need to make myself feel better. Especially these:
BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (I know it’s 5 hours long but I can always find the time if I need it)
Sleepless in Seattle
Finally, any episode of The Simpsons is a real pick-me up.
I keep going back to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I always find a detail I had previously missed. There’s also a nostalgic element since it brings back memories of my childhood. I have been purchasing the latest illustrated editions and reading them little by little. Who knows? I may consider the audiobooks at some point.
The original Roswell series that ran from 1999-2002 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve been trying to get back into The X-Files, but haven’t had the time!
The Witcher III and all the Fallout games before Fallout 76. I enjoy games with world building where you can just lose yourself in the story and details.
Stardew Valley is just as addictive but much less detailed and involved.
Books: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman, The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett, To A Fault by Nick Laird, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.
TV: The Office (seasons 2-4), Parks & Rec, Lovesick
Movies: The Princess Bride, Empire Records
When I’m low I LOVE to read comics or fun picture books such as the hilarious story of my recent life – Zits by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. I add Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester (a picture book) for sentimentality and giggles. For longer term comfort, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver or Pigs in Heaven. The King of Comfort for me is E.B. White and his book of essays – One Man’s Meat. Seventy-five years later E.B. White’s quiet humor, thoughtful intelligence and wise observations bring such joy.
I don’t usually revisit things I’ve read, watched, or played because there’s so much new stuff coming out all the time that I already can’t keep up with! But I watch (actually more like listen to) Futurama as I’m falling asleep every night for the past decade or so. As a result, I quote the show constantly & it’s become a lot like a security blanket.
I also always pick up the newest Pokemon, Tales of series, SaGa series, and Persona games that come out, because revisiting those universes and gameplay systems bring me lots of comfort and joy.
What are your comfort reads? Let us know in the comments below!