Posted by: Jeanie F | December 3, 2014

Comfort Books

Recently I’ve had some health issues that have kept me home and inactive much more than usual. At the beginning of this episode in my life I thought, “Great” I’ll finally have a chance to read the giant stack of TBR books that take up so much space in my office.” These are books like Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds – serious books that I’ve wanted to read when I could give them the attention they deserve.

There was one little flaw in my plan. My brain only craves “comfort books,” what I consider the mashed potatoes of the literary world. Tasty, easy to digest, little effort required.

A perfect example is our current book club selection, The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. It’s a light mystery taking place in modern-day Delhi. The protagonist, detective Vish Puri, is smart, quirky, and has a good heart. The mystery is engaging enough to keep me interested, humorous enough to keep me amused, and neither dark nor violent.

I still have a few weeks of recuperation ahead of me. Does anybody have some recommendations for other “comfort books” to help me get through this tedious period of recovery?


PS – No vampires or zombies, please! 😧


  1. Try “The Remedy for Love,” by Bill Roorbach. It’s part adventure story, part maybe a love story. It’s funny and intelligent. Also, it was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for fiction, so well reviewed, too. Get better soon!

    • Thanks! Looks like just what I have in mind. I downloaded the sample. 😊

  2. Have you read the Three Pines series by Louise Penny? I love them so much! Also, even lighter, are the Someday Quilt cozy mysteries by Clare O’Donohue. I hope you are feeling well!

    • Thanks! I’ll look into these!

  3. Love and Summer, by William Trevor. Also, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. Love and Summer is a short novel, poignant, some quirky characters. A. J. Fikry is a light read, romantic comedy, about books, fun.

    • I liked AJ Fikry. Thanks for the recommendations! Did you ever read Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand? In some ways reminded me of Fikry – if you haven’t read it, you might like it.

  4. Hope you are well on the way to mending completely by now. I revert to mindless drivel and funny improbable plots when I need comfort – good old Sophie Kinsella works well.

  5. Rosemary, MUCH better, thanks! Tarquin Hall was perfect, as was JoJo Moyes. Now I’m in the middle of All the Light We Cannot See (as is much of the nation, apparently). It’s our book club book – definitely NOT a book to read during recuperation!

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