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  1. MAK says:

    What a great post and reading list to go with it!! There are so many of my ‘comfort’ reads on here. Just finished reading The Nightingale and it was by far one of the most impactful books I’ve read. I just thought seeing WWII through the perspective of these women was both so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. But in contrast to some of these other reads, because of the parallels to some of the things happening today, it made me feel SO sad and discouraged that no matter how many of these tragic moments of history we go through we never seem to learn from them! 😞

  2. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for the list. There are many of my favorite books on the list. “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” is a book I can relate to. I grew up in Brooklyn and there was one tree at the end of the row of houses. Needless to say we kids always gravitated to that tree in the summer to sit under the tree. I do not think the owners of that house appreciated us playing there a lot. As far as other soothing books, the “Emily” series,”Pat of Silver Bush” and “Marigold” all books by Lucy Maude Montgomery are worth reading. I am reading the “Elsie Dinsmore” series. I never read them in my youth.
    Marilyn

  3. Marion says:

    I enjoyed your list.Many of the books I have read are listed.The American Girl Books, any book with an Amish theme are a great comfort. I just finished “And The News Is” by Dana Perino,former press secretary to former President George W Bush. It is very interesting. I am now reading “Legends and Lies” The Real West by Bill O’Reilly.

  4. Joan says:

    Great list of books. “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” is a favortie of mine. I read it when I was in my teens. A neighbor asked me if my mothe rknew I reading that book, I guess he thought it was too old for me. I told him my mother lets me read any book I want. “Nancy Drew Mysteries is another good choice. When I was a little girl I would buy every new one that came out. I love anything Amish too. Have you read any books by D.E. Stevenson? The one I just finished is “Listening Valley” It is reprinted form long ago. “Ivanhoe”, “Lorna Doone” “Ramona” are some more good examples worth reading.
    Joan

  5. Melissa says:

    I’m glad that you included Gone With the Wind. It’s true that there is a great deal of racism in the story, this is an unfortunate slice of life in the South at that time in history. If you pay attention when you’re reading it, though, certain black characters are wiser and understand the human heart better than any of the white characters (Specifically, Mammy and Dilcey). The love stories, the losses, the challenges and ultimate perseverance in GWTW make it a true, deserving classic.

  6. Pamela says:

    You are an amazing blogger – I found you through someone else’s tweet. THANK YOU for this post. Yes, I would be a different person – a sadder, meaner, grumpy person – without my books to turn to. And I turn to books every night, reading at least one a week. Your list is magnificent. I’ve read a great many of them, but you’re encouraging me to return and reread some of them (like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – that book began my love of reading at the age of 10). I’d recommend Madeleine L’Engle’s Journals even over her Wrinkle in Time series. The Summer of My Great Grandmother, and others, are astounding. When I’m really low (the news, a family member’s struggles) I turn to books like Harry Potter (reading the Children’s Curse play now) and escapism romantic suspense (which, I suppose, is why I chose to write and publish in this genre). Wiesel’s books are MUST READS for all; Hillenbrand’s Unbroken broke me into pieces, and I put myself back together a better person (I did NOT want to read this book – too long, too depressing, hate torture – but when I finished it the first thing I said was “This book has changed me forever.” That’s what books and art (like your experience in the Art Museum) and music are supposed to do for us. They let us escape into ourselves, and return to the world a better person.

  7. Susan says:

    Would love to see a list of books that are more “cheerful” for when we feel like the world is falling apart! Funny, heartwarming, enthralling books that are really uplifting or have happy endings . . .

  8. Kim says:

    Oh, The Hiding Place.So many special memories associated with that book and subsequent movie. Corrie Ten Boom has long been one of my heroes.

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