12 Readers share their current comfort reads


My Favorite Comfort Read: 12 Readers Share

By BookBub April 14, 2022

Sometimes, there’s nothing more comforting than diving into a book you know and love, filled with characters who feel like old friends. We asked BookBub readers to tell us their favorite comfort reads — whether it’s a beloved classic or a heartwarming new novel. Read on to see their recommendations, and be sure to add them to your wishlist! 

Note: Reviews have been edited for length and clarity. 

Book cover for The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

Jacquie says: “My favorite comfort go-to read is The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. It’s a few years old but deals with friendships, loss, a bit of magic, and second chances. Who could want more?”

Book cover for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Amy says: “It is the one book that I can read over and over, and it puts life into perspective.”

Book cover for A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Karen says: “I have several (or more!) comfort reads, but my most recent is the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I feel like I am catching up with long-absent friends, and I find out something new about them with each reread.”

Book cover for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Louise says: “It haunts your heart.”

Book cover for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Amber says: “I have read it six times, and each time, I have found a new meaning and message. Whenever I have a big change in life or any type of difficulty, this is my go-to book. It is so beautifully written with something for everyone. It reads like a fairy tale but includes wisdom and guidance for those who seek it. Getting ready for my seventh read!”

Book cover for All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Patty says: “It is the best for comfort and calming and feeling good.”

Book cover for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Katrina says: “If I had one book to be stranded on an island with, this book would keep me happy. John and Owen just feel like home.”

Book cover for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Susan says: “Any time I’m feeling really down, it sweeps me away to a different place and time, with complex characters I can really feel, and the story not just of a love affair, but of a marriage to stand the test of time.”

Book cover for The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Marsha says: “It’s a great perspective on how, when losing someone, we are also grieving for the person we used to be, who we used to be when they were here, and how we are different now with them gone. It’s both a sad but comforting read.”

Book cover for The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Kim says: “I’ve read it 23 times since January 2017, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. The characters are like old friends, and my heart is always so full after I finish yet another reread.”

Book cover for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Emma says: “Such an uplifting and emotional read.”

Book cover for Still Life by Louise Penny

Jo says: “Any of Louise Penny’s Gamache series because Three Pines and all the characters feel very much like home/family. The writing is wonderful. And no matter how many times I read them, I always find something new in each book.”

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