Comfort Reading

Cover image of "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin

We all — well, most of us — have a go-to comfort food. Mine is macaroni and cheese. But what about comfort reading? For me, comfort reading is being able to sit down with a particular book that makes me feel good. My comfort book is Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It’s the story of Rachel, who has just turned 30, and “accidentally” falls in love with her best friend’s fiancée. I first read it about nine years ago, and I think I've read it once a year since. The main themes — love, friendship, life transitions — seemed especially relevant to me, as I was just finishing college and not sure what life had in store for me. I finished it in a day and then read it again.

Sometimes I read it when I'm a little down, other times I just want to know that I'm truly going to enjoy the book I'm reading. Truthfully, I don't really need a reason to read it, I just grab it off my bookshelf when the mood strikes me. Even after multiple readings, I still get excited to read the story and have a hard time putting it down. After reading the print version over and over, I just recently listened to the audio version. Although it took me a few chapters to get used to someone else's voice narrating the story I know and love, I really enjoyed consuming the book in a new format. I finished it last night, and, just like always, I ended it with a smile and in a good mood. Exactly what I expect out of comfort reading.

So tell me… Do you have a comfort book? What is it? How often do you read it?