When it comes to reading, if I had to say I have an overall type, I think it’d be the joy of comfort reading books. Of course, this is subjective as everyone will have a different definition for what makes a book a “comfort read” or what is comfort read types. Where someone may think an intense thriller or a biography packed full of facts their ideal comfort read, I’m more of a simple comfort read kind of girl.SOME OF THE BEST TYPES OF COMFORT READING (BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT) #TOPTENTUESDAY #COMFORTREADS #COMFORTREADING #GOODREADS #READGOODBOOKS Click To Tweet
Far as a genre goes, I’d say my favorite sort of comfort read would fall into the contemporary romance genre. Or if not that, then rare exceptions go to cozy mysteries set in the 1930s or thereabouts specifically those by authors like Julianna Deering or Rachel McMillan. Drew Farthering is the creation of the former and the sleuth duo Herringford and Watts the latter. All are fun and likable characters. But I digress. Today it’s time to share five types of things that help me distinguish what makes a “comfort read” an actual comfort read.
COMFORT READ TYPES : THE QUALIFIERS
Solid and wonderful and relatable and likeable characters are THE jam. But of course, that’s harder to distinguish when you pick up a novel. You cannot judge that in the way you can if there’s a familiar trope in the plot or what-have-you. Still characters like the afore mentioned Herringford and Watts, Kayden McKenna (from Silenced) or Kels from What I Like About You (because blogger!) are fun, relatable and likeable people.
2: GOOD HUMOR
Is there anything better than a good laugh or two?
3: ROMANCE WITH COMEDY
I love all the romantic comedy in a book. However I don’t think I’ve really read many books I’d say are straight up romantic comedy.
4: ROMANCE WITH HEART
The only thing that can make a rom-com better is a romance that has heart. Plus I’m just hear for some swoony moments. A great example of an author who does this very well is Becky Wade.
5: WHOLESOME STORYTELLING
I love a solid wholesome story. This doesn’t mean there cannot be hard times or issues or other content, but rather that if there is it has purpose rather than just there for shock value. I despise that and while I have a clear thought about it in my head, I don’t think I ever explain what I don’t like well. Of course I’m always all for a solid literal wholesome read like Jo & Laurie (the one book in 2021 I didn’t know I needed) and Kasie West (my ultimate comfort read).
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Some of my comfort specific reads include, but is not limited to…
THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS, HESTER BROWNE • THE SELECTION, KIERA CASS • TIDEWATER INN, COLLEEN COBLE • JO & LAURIE, MELISSA de la CRUZ + MARGARET STOHL • TO ALL THE BOYS, JENNY HAN • GEEK GIRL, HOLLY SMALE • MEANT TO BE MINE + STAY WITH ME, BECKY WADE • SUNKISSED, KASIE WEST • and SO MANY OTHERS!
Seriously, we’d be here for too long if I go on.
Your turn! What types of books do you categorize as “comfort reads” or what is the qualifier that makes it so? Have you read any I mention? Or would you? Do you feel the same about comfort books or reading? Comment all the comments below – let’s chat!
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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl May 31: Comfort Reads (Share which books or kinds of books you turn to when you need to escape. You can either share specific titles if you love to re-read, or you could share qualities of books you look for in a comfort read.)