DAY 5: Your “Comfort” Book.

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Hmm, the dilemma with this question is that the book series I consider my comfort reads fit better with the day six question. So, instead I am going to use this wording in the broader sense, looking at it less as books I return to again and again for comfort and more ones that give me those warm fuzzy feeling of content when reading! πŸ™‚

There is one series that I think suits this description, one I originally wasn’t even sure if I would enjoy. It includes young romance, grief and angels (I was very hesitant about the angel part).

I bought it when the Twilight craze was at its highest, having been hugely disappointed with other recent paranormal romance books I had read such as Fallen by Lauren Kate, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Evermore by Alyson Noel I didn’t have high expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with the Kissed by an Angel series.

Originally published in 1995 this series re-emerged thanks to the paranormal romance trend. There are six books in total but the first three have been put into an omnibus named simply Kissed by an Angel (which I reviewed here). The books Evercrossed (reviewed here), EverlastingΒ (reviewed here) and EverafterΒ follow.

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The series follows a teenage girl named Ivy, she is surrounded by turbulent family changes as her mothers remarriage comes with a new stepfather and a sleazy stepbrother. In the mist of this she falls in love with the swoon worthy Tristan and the two become inseparable. But one horrific night they get into a car accident and Tristan is tragically killed. He later returns as an angel and wants to reach out and comfort Ivy, but how can he get her to see him? And how could there possibly be a happy ending?
The rest of the series follows the complexities of these events as they unfold.

These books have such a beautiful concept, I loved how in contrast to most others around at the time, the two teenagers were in love before the supernatural element came into play rather than some random angel falling in love with a mortal (which seems more unrealistic). The series also feels strangely grounded in reality considering the subject matter, touching heavily on the themes of grief rather than a whirlwind insta-love romance. The way the relationship between Ivy and Tristan slowly built had me grinning from ear to ear, its innocence and simplicity felt so refreshing.

So why is it such a comfort book/series you ask? Well, they’re novels about love and while you are immersed, they manage to crush the cynicism of the world just long enough to make you believe that these two people, against all odds are meant for each other, and that this will give them the impossible strength to conquer the barrier between life and death. It’s a series where the good guys and the bad guys, for the most part, get what they deserve. A place that while affected by the realities of life always has a reasonably happy ending (so far).
In other words, it has just enough realism to make the reader believe the events are possible, while still giving the reader a feeling of being wrapped up in a cozy blanket of safety and warmth.

I have currently read the first four books, or two if you count the omnibus as one book, lol, and the next book Everlasting is waiting patiently for me. I hope it’s as good as the previous ones! I also have the first two books of her Dark Secrets Trilogy which I’m very excited to try. πŸ˜€

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Do you have a favourite comfort book you like to snuggle up and read with a cup tea/coffee/hot chocolate?Β  πŸ™‚

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32 thoughts on “DAY 5: Your “Comfort” Book.

  1. I’ve never heard of this series but thanks for introducing it! I may check this out, it sounds like a very touching story. I, too, like that they had a romantic bond beforehand and it wasn’t a suddenly appealing romance thanks to a new glow or glittery paranormal effect πŸ˜€ Great post!

    • No problemo! It’s one of those series that doesn’t focus so much on lust. It’s not, ohh he’s hot, it’s awwh, he’s cute, lol. πŸ™‚ So in other words it’s more one of those soppy stories for those that are hopeless romantics. πŸ˜› It was touching too and had me tearing up in a few places too.
      I loved that about it too! I think it’s because it was written before Twilight.

  2. There’s a book by Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential, about his time in restaurants.
    I keep a copy in my car that I read whenever I’m waiting for someone, and from time to time I take it out and reread.
    All of his experiences ring true to me, and remind of my history, good and bad.

    • Oooh, I don’t think a cooking related book could ever be my comfort book, I’m truly terrible with anything food. πŸ˜› But I’m glad it works for you!

      That’s great that you really associate with the book, I think those can often become our favourites because we identify with them so strongly. πŸ™‚

  3. My #1 comfort book is “101 Dalmations” as strange as it may sound. I first read it when I was around 10 and loved the story, characters and writing style. Plus I have a have a weakness for English literature.

    • I’ve never read 101 Dalmations, I can imagine as a children’s book there is a lot about it to love though. I often think children’s books can be far superior to adult ones, which may sound strange to some. πŸ™‚ Plus when you read a book so young there is always that feeling of coming home or feeling safe while rereading it!

      English literature is great. πŸ˜‰

  4. Woooohooooo! I love this series! I’ve recently re-read the first two and I’m now reading Everlasting πŸ™‚
    Oh so is there a 4th? (Afterlife?)
    And yeah I agree with you, even though it’s quite a sad subject matter, there is so much that goes on that makes the story so much more, gives it so much more life and makes it believable, even if it is exaggerated. It gives me a fuzzy feeling when I read it too, it’s written brilliantly like that πŸ™‚ It’s one of those books that you can’t help but love the two main characters, and even though I don’t want the series to end, I can’t wait to read the last book and see how things work out in the end. I really want things to work out for them πŸ™‚

    • Oooh that’s great! Could you by any change remind me what happened at the end of Evercrossed? I know it was a big cliffhanger etc but for the life of me I cannot remember what it was! And I was thinking attempting Everlasting soon…

      Yepp there is, it’s already out! It’s called Everafter though (typo). You can find it on Amazon. πŸ™‚

      It is strange that this book is so believable. It’s rooted more in reality than a lot of other books in the genre. Yet, I feel like when an author can make a place feel real, even if it is totally unbelievable is a sign of a good writer! I think the first book will always be my favourite, but I still have Everlasting and Everafter to read so who knows. πŸ˜› I really want it to work out for them too, those guys are meant to be!!

  5. I think I must read this book/series now. That concept sounds fantastic. My comfort book is The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, which I have read about seven times over the course of my life now. Every time I open it wondering ‘why do I love this book so much? I can’t even remember what happens’, and it immediately feels like an old friend welcoming me back. It’s so odd that my favorite genres are more psychological, horror, or paranormal and fantasy with romance sprinkled in, and that this little book, an insight into one young man’s life could affect me so deeply. This book is the epitome of comfort to me.

    • I’m glad you like the sound of it A. B. Davis! If your favourite book is Catcher in the Rye, you should definitely check out Charl’s review here: http://miscrawl.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/the-catcher-in-the-rye-book-review/ she was gushing with her love for the book! I haven’t read the novel yet but really want to, πŸ™‚ it’s one of those classics everyone seems to have read. I love the way you’ve talked about it, it sounds like you are almost reading the book for the first time and discovering your love of it all over again. I kind of get that each time I reread Harry Potter. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you found the perfect book for you.

      Fantasy of all aspects (whether high fantasy, supernatural, urban, paranormal etc) is definitely my favourite genre!

      • I do discover my love for Catcher in the Rye all over again each time I read it. What a good way to put it. I am now reading Charl’s review (working my way through it–it is long!) and it’s really good. Thanks for recommending it. Also, I told my writing partner about this series, Kissed by an Angel, and she has already started reading it. She speaks highly of the first hundred pages πŸ™‚

      • Glad to hear you are enjoying Charl’s review, I thought you might like it although as you’ve said it is very long! But then it seems there is a lot to say. πŸ™‚

        Ohh wow that’s great to hear, when you recommend something to a person you always get a little bit of anxiety just in case they don’t like it and then you’ve wasted their money. So I’m really happy they’re liking it!

  6. Honestly, any book that I can lose myself in is a comfort to me :). And again you have just told me about another series I have not read , so my TBR pile grows even more LOL!

    Change of subject but you will be really proud of me. It’s after 1am here, and I haven’t made it home yet. I’m pulling a Becky and staying up too late :). We spent the whole day today at the Scottish Festival again and then we went to the casino for the evening. Just on our way home now. My bed is calling to me……

    • Hehe that’s sort of the idea I went for with this blog post. I have only ever read this series once, it is not one I have returned to again and again, but it was just so soothing and comforting and like being wrapped in a warm blanket of sweetness and entertainment. Funnily enough this is another book I was also thinking of recommending to you on Goodreads, I really think you would love it!

      Whoa, that’s awesome, go you! LOL, love the phrase pulling a Becky, I do like my late night I do. πŸ˜› The Scottish Festival looked great so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it enough to go back again. I’ve never been to a casino, maybe I’ll have to be like Rory Gilmore and go to one and play the game 21 as I turn 21! πŸ˜›

  7. As a kid, I adored “Bedknob and Broomstick” by Mary Norton. I must have read it every few months. I bought a copy a few years ago, and it was like being seven all over again. Wonderful.

    My favourite proper grown up book would be A Tale of Two Cities. I can’t fault it, and I love immersing myself in the atmosphere and feel of it: the texture of the cold fog on a coach from London to Dover, the wasted but ultimately redeemed life of Sidney Carton. The best Dickens there is.

    • I remember reading your post on that, it was really great! Until then I had no idea that Bedknow and Broomstick’s was a book. Agh, I love that books have the power to transport you back through time, similar to some of those nostalgic songs. πŸ™‚

      Oooh that’s very interesting, people seem to have such varying opinions of that book, maybe I’ll have to try it for my next Dickens. I love your description of it too. I’m a little nervous to pick up my next Dickens because I adored Great Expectations so much. :S

    • Thanks Radiya! There was something about this series that captured my attention more than others, and I think that was because it felt genuine and not as superficial as a lot of others. There’s a lot of great fantasy fiction out there, you just have to pick and choose carefully! πŸ™‚ Have you tried Phillip Pullman?

  8. Normally I would be sceptical of anything paranormal or with angels etc, but if I can accept Patrick Swayze in Ghost then I could probably get my head around this series. Sounds wonderful!

    • Hahaa Ghost was awesome, if not a little bizarre in places. πŸ˜› This is a lot more teen-esk and flowers and butterflies than Ghost, but I think that’s one of the reasons I loved it. It was almost as cute and ladi da as a Disney film!

  9. My go to comfort read has to be The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien. Not only do I love the story and characters but re-reading it brings back all the memories of previous reads. Including my father reading it to me at bedtime (although he managed to skip the scary bits!).

    • Ohh I love The Hobbit, great choice Jessica! I’ve only read it once, but I would love to return to it again in the future, there’s something so endearing and fun about that book. πŸ™‚

      Awwh, that’s a wonderful memory too! I love the rush of memories that can accompany rereading a book.

  10. My comfort read is Naked, by David Sedaris. His biting humor is sure to make me laugh out loud. I also love picking up anything by David Foster Wallace for a repeat read, except Infinite Jest due to length.

    • There’s nothing like a bit of humour to brighten up your day! It’s even better when you can reread the book and the jokes and comments still seem as funny as the first time around.

      I’ve never heard of David Foster Wallace, I’ll have to make a note to look him up!

  11. A comfort book! What a nice way to describe it! Mine is definitely Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. It’s actually a pretty sad storyline about a girl dealing with her mum’s breakdown, but I absolutely love it. Perfect way to spend an evening really.

    • Yeah, a comfort book isn’t a phrase I tend to use myself and to avoid choosing my default Harry Potter I had to give a lot of thought to this question. Awwh that sounds like a powerful story, I can imagine you can get immersed in that easily. πŸ™‚

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