March 25, 2020

Comfort Reads

For people who are extroverts at heart, this whole #StayHome thing is really difficult. I don't suffer from that difficulty, so I think I'm doing better than some. However, I am having trouble with sleeping. My dreams are not really any more stressful than usual, but I must be somewhat anxious, because I don't want to sleep and have to deal with those dreams.

What does someone like me do when they are struggling with anxiety? Read comfort books, of course. Here are my comfort reads that might be seeing the light of day in coming weeks.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs - This short little book always makes me feel better about how I choose to handle my stress. I have his next book, How to Think, but I haven't read it yet.

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson - Another little book. This book is sadly out of date by now. I've been reading this for a decade! The author vows to read a book a week and write about it. This is the result of that vow.

Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City by Anne Thomas Soffee - When I went to college, I wanted to end up in L.A. being a psychotherapist to the rock gods I idolized. This girl made it to L.A. to be a rock magazine writer, but got there just as the music scene moved north to Seattle, and all the metal magazines were folding. I relate to her situation so much!

Persuasion by Jane Austen - You'd think I'd want to read my favorite, Pride and Prejudice, but actually, when I'm feeling anxious, Persuasion's quiet story is just what I need.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - I know. I know. It's trash. And that's okay. Trash is great comfort reading.

I'm actually also feeling the pull to read some trashy romance, speaking of trash. I don't have a lot hanging around, but I probably have something lying around.

Also, I'm feeling the need for some epic fantasy. Anything to think about something else for awhile. I know I have several options for that sitting on my shelves.

What do you read for comfort?