Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

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These are all cozy stories from a variety of genres that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a comfort read.

My definition of a comfort read is a story that is compelling but gentle. That is to say, you can read it without worrying about anything horrible happening to the main character. They might break an ankle or temporarily get lost in a swamp, but everything will always end on a happy note and most of the scenes will be ones filled with conflicts that are lower stakes. Death or serious bodily harm are rarely a genuine threat for these characters. They are far more likely to be facing something like social embarrassment from saying the wrong thing or having a comical adventure instead.

A rainbow hammock hanging between two trees over a lush blanket of thick green grass. 1. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) by Graeme Simsion

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

4. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

5. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

7. Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

8. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

9. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

What is your definition of a comfort read? am so curious to see how our understandings of that term might line up.

82 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes and The Art of Racing in the Rain are both such great books. Love the Little House series, too. I might have told you this before, but I still have the complete collection my mother gave me for Christmas when I was 10.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  2. Aah, Wind in the Willows! It was such a sweet book, but I don’t remember much of the story now, definitely time for a reread.

  3. Oh yes, The Rosie Project is such a wonderful read. Even though I read it years ago and generally struggle to remember things I read, I still remember the feeling this book gave me. All the warm fuzzies 😍

  4. Anne of Green Gables seems like it would be such a comfort read. The Princess bride, the Wilder books… those are so nostalgic.

    I loved the Fried green Tomatoes movie.

  5. Looks like a great and varies list! Good Omens is a book I’ve been meaning to try for a while – I heard so many good things and seeing it on a list of comfort reads only makes me want to read it more

  6. A good definition of a comfort read! My list skewed a little bit darker than yours, that’s for sure. I think I went more with some of my favorite groups of characters that I wouldn’t mind spending time with (i.e. rereading).

  7. AW, love that you have some classics like ‘Anne’ or ‘Little House’ on the list. Both feel like they’d be ideal kind of comfort reading and I’d agree. Comfort reads, in general, should ultimately mean there’s happiness. 🙂 Thanks a bunch for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  8. Nice list! Anne of Green Gables and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are perfect comfort reads for me as well.

  9. Why didn’t I think of Little House in the Big Woods? I adored that book so much growing up, it’s a tie between that and On the Banks of Plum Creek for being my favorite of Wilder’s books.

  10. I love your definition of a comfort read, it’s probably one of the best descriptions I’ve heard!
    I have Good Omens on my TBR shelf, and it’s making me think I should start reading it soon 🤔 Also heard a lot of good things about The Phantom Tollbooth, even from people who read it when they were older, so I might need to pick that up!

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