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My 4 Types of Comfort Reads: The Books I Reach For Over & Over Again

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today we’re talking about our comfort reads, the kind of books we turn to whenever we need to escape. I have a few of these comfort books, the books I can re-read over and over again whenever I feel the need and they always do the trick. Taking a look at my comfort reads, I also found that they usually fit into one of these 4 categories (some overlap may occur):

‘Serotonin In A Book’: Hopeful, Feel-Good Reads

Some reads are just so full of hope and love and happiness that reading them NEVER fails to make me feel all warm, happy and comfy. I can re-read these regularly and still that feeling would not lessen.

Feel-Good Standalone YA Contemporaries

Though I haven’t been reading as much YA as I used to, whenever I feel a reading slump or even a life slump coming on, I will always reach for YA contemporaries. There’s just something so comforting about YA contemporaries. Maybe it’s the feeling of nostalgia and an innate wish to relive some of those precious high school moments, but YA contemporaries always do the trick when I’m feeling slumpy.

Swoony Adult Romances

As a self-proclaimed huge sappy romantic, a good adult romance will always lift my spirits. I can re-read these regularly and they are always such a comfort. Ever since 2020 (yep, that year) I’ve been reaching for romances even more than before. Nothing better than a HEA, right?

Favorite Fantasies To Get Lost In All Over Again

Of course, sometimes I don’t just have a need to escape my own life for a little bit, I also want to escape this world we live in and just trade it in for another, magical world. That’s when I go for re-reads of my favorite fantasies, so I can relive the adventures all over again, without (most of) the stress of not knowing what’s going to happen.

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What are your favorite type of comfort reads?

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37 Comments

  1. Rae | HerSerialLife.com says:

    Great list of comfort reads. We have a few in common like Throne of Glass and contemporary romances. Thanks for some inspirations. I added a few of these books to my TBR.

    Here is my list of comfort reads: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-comfort-reads-books-escape/

    Have a great week 😊

    1. Thanks! I’m glad we have some comfort reads in common, and I hope you’ll love any new reads you discovered too!

  2. ANITA@SERIESBOOKLOVER says:

    Great Post.My comfort reads tend to be funny fiction in any genre.

    My TTT

    https://seriesbooklover.wordpress.com/2022/05/31/top-ten-tuesday-my-top-ten-comfort-reads/

    1. Funny reads are definitely always a good one!

  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    As usual I still must write my post but I already know that we’ll have many in common!

    1. I’m happy to hear we have many comfort reads in common!

  4. I’ve heard so many good things about The House in the Cerulean Sea.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-comfort-reads/

    1. It’s definitely super popular, and I personally think it’s worth all the hype 🙂

  5. Yes, serotonin in a book. That’s exactly what I want.

    1. The best kind of books, for sure!

  6. Great list! Heartstopper is one of my comfort reads as well. Such a sweet and fun and well-written story. Still hope to read House in the Cerulean Sea, at least one of my libraries finally has it in the catalogue so hopefully soon!

    1. Yes, Heartstopper is such a perfect comfort read! I hope you’ll love House in the Cerulean Sea as well when you get the chance to read it!

  7. I totally relate to the swoony adult romances – that has also been my go-to since 2020!

    1. My romance intake has definitely increased a lot too since 2020!

  8. Heartstopper looks like a great read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. It’s definitely super comforting!

  9. My fave types are definitely the fantasies and the serotonin boosters, I could probably fit all the books I would consider “comfort reads” into one or both of those two categories.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/05/31/top-ten-tuesday-370/

    1. Oh, books that fit both categories would definitely be ultimate comfort reads 🙂

  10. I love your different categories here! Him and Elle Kennedy both made my list today, too!

    1. Him is one of my biggest comfort reads for sure! I love Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series so much, but I definitely need to try more by her too.

      1. Her Erin Watt series is a lot of fun.

        1. Oh I’ve read her Royals series and When It’s Real a long time ago and really enjoyed them! I guess it’s time for a re-read 😀

  11. Ahhh – I love this list!! I’m all about the romances! lol

    1. Romances are the best when it comes to comfort reads!

  12. Stephanie - Bookfever says:

    It might sound weird but dark romances are my comfort reads 😅

    1. Haha as long as it helps you escape, it counts as comforting right? 🙂 I still want to try more dark romance, but I’m easing into it slooowly haha.

  13. I love your list. You have so many great books on it. 😀

    1. Thanks – glad we have similar tastes in books 😀

  14. I enjoy hopeful reads as well…and romance books 🙂

    1. They are the best when it comes to comfort reads! 🙂

  15. “Serotonin in a book” I love that! And I hear you on YA contemporaries. I haven’t read one in so long, but thanks for reminding me of Starry Eyes- I wanted to read that!

    1. Serotonin in a book is what I’m always looking for 🙂 I have phases of YA contemporaries, but re-reading old favorites is always comforting. Starry Eyes is definitely one of my faves 🙂

  16. I *still* haven’t read Geekerella, but it always did sound super cute and fun! We’ll see if it survives my next unhaul. 😉 Thanks a bunch for visiting Finding Wonderland this week.

    1. It’s definitely a super fun and cute read! I hope it’ll survive your next unhaul and you’ll end up loving it 😉

  17. Love that you’ve split the categories this way! I do tend to gravitate towards these kinds of books as well when I’m looking for a good comforting read 🙂 I had SoT on my list as well!

    1. Thanks! Glad we have similar tastes in comfort reads 🙂 Sorcery of Thorns is definitely a classic comfort read to me 🙂

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