Last night was our Books & Bottles book group met. I love this group. Several regulars show up
every month, and we have a rotating group of new members. It's just fun to meet all these people who love books, and have different taste in reading.
This month, our topic was comfort or cozy reads. I told them last month they didn't have to think of it as cozy mysteries. Bring any book that you'd sit and read in front of the fireplace. We had everything from urban fantasy to Debbie Macomber to Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. One of the books I'm reading fits, Sheila Connolly's mystery set in Ireland, An Early Wake. But, my true comfort read is an out-of-print collection of essays that I've mentioned here before. It's Patricia Leimbach's A Thread of Blue Denim. Patricia Leimbach was a farm wife and a columnist who lived on a farm near my hometown. She was the first author who ever spoke at any library for me. And, she wrote essays that called me home and spoke to my heart, essays about books and rural life and family. This is the book I'll pull out in the middle of the night if I can't sleep. Or, it's the book I'll read when nothing seems to fit. I've used some of the essays for Readers' Theater. This is my comfort read.
So, what is your comfort read, the book you would turn to in the middle of the night, or when nothing else suits? What's the book that makes you think of a comfortable chair in front of a fire?