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Today’s Top 10: Comfort Reads
This week’s topic is Comfort Reads. Today instead of individual books, I’m going to list my Comfort Authors. These authors write books that I can depend on to be comforting, whether I”m reading thie latest release or one of their backlist books.
I tend to read romance when I need a comfort book. Fantasy is too intense and has too many details that are fun, but make my brain hurt with all the world-building and magic and creatures in them. Historicals are also too intense to be a comfort read for me, all those historical details that make a historical novel excellent, but they are not comforting for me to read. Also, many historicals go into the horrible way people (women, people of color, children, etc) were treated, and that is not comforting to me. I love the wild ride of a good thriller, but it’s certainly not comforting to me. And a mystery is great, but my brain is always trying to figure out who did it and why.
Predictability is something I look for in a comfort book, and romance is just about the most predictable genre there is. We know that the main characters will get together, we know that they will have issues they must overcome, and we know that they will overcome these issues and live happily ever after.
In this post, I will list an author with both a new release and a backlist book that I found comforting
- Christina Lauren. Their combination of humor and emotions are comforting to me. I can always count on a Christina Laruen book to make me feel better.
2. Kristan Higgins. She also combines a great sense of humor with a powerfully emotional story.
3. Debbie Macomber. She writes sweet emotional stories that always bring me comfort.
4. Katherine Center always delivers an emotional and engaging story.
5. Colleen Hoover writes very emotional stories, with flawed characters, that never fail to move me.
6. Robyn Carr. With over 20 books in her Virgin River series, I always find comfort when I visit Mel and Jack in the little town of Virgin River.
7. Sophie Kinsella always makes me laugh with her relatable characters and heartwarming romance.
8. Beth O’Leary. She writes entertaining and fun stories that always make me laugh, and tear up a bit.
9. Elin Hilderbrand writes emotional Women’s Fiction with relatable characters.
10. Susan Mallery writes women’s fiction that focuses on women’s relationships. Either friends, sisters, or romance.
Have you read any of these Authors? What is your favorite comfort books? Comment below!