Thursday, September 13, 2007

Comfort Food - Booking Through Thursday


Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.
What do you read?

(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)

Well, to be honest....if I'm REALLY depressed, even reading doesn't do it for me. I have a hard time concentrating on the words that are right there in front of me.

But, if I'm a little sad, or it's just a rainy day.....I'd probably stick with my old favorite, Stephen King. For one, he's my favorite author. I love to read his books because I'm immediately sucked in. His characters always stay with me for quite a long time. And lets face it: facing bloodsuckers, dealing with the end of the world, or fighting off crazed zombies HAS to be easier than what I'm going through!

If it's not Stephen King, then a nice little cozy murder mystery or a quirky, funny chick-lit book will do in a pinch!!

Happy Thursday!

22 comments:

heather (errantdreams) said...

I'm probably one of the few folks who isn't going to go for some sort of old favorite. I'd rather go for random brain candy if I'm that depressed. :)

Annie the Superfast Reader said...

I said Stephen King, too!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I'd probably pick up an old Nancy Drew or another other children's book. Something cute and uplifting.

Sam said...

Reading King is awesome! The only better distraction would be watching The Stand or Storm of the Century while eating lots and lots of pizza.

Stephanie said...

Heather - Braincandy is always good when you need some light down-time!!

Annie - I read your entry!! I think we are possibly 'reading soul mates!'

Angela - Oh man. I loved Nancy Drew when I was little. I need to haul them out again soon!

Stephanie said...

Sam - And maybe throw in some chocolate!!

Julie K. Rose said...

You know, I'm seeing a lot of Stephen King in these answers. I don't think I've read anything but Carrie, and that's when I was young and very impressionable. o__O

What is your favorite King book? Would you recommend it for a "newcomer" to his work?

Alice Teh said...

Certain chick-lits work for me, but not all... I find the Shopaholic series annoying. LOL.

gautami tripahy said...

Lots of Stephen King readers! He is popular!

I like Agatha Christie too. It is entirely different from King!

Trish said...

I've also read a number who read Stephen King in instances like this. I'm not a big reader either if I'm feeling that down--I'd prefer the mindless entertainment of a good flick.

teabird said...

Stephen King is a good idea because you're right - his stories do just suck you in, and you forget yourself!

kookiejar said...

Good choice, Stephanie. Right now I'm reading "Blaze" and I don't really want to do anything but finish it because it is just that good. No other author is able to take me away so easily. Can't go wrong with Uncle Steve.

valentina said...

I've only read some short stories by S.King,don't know if it could work as comfort read. But I forgot something in my answer that would definitely work: go book shopping!Buy new title, maybe a new young adult, or even just look at the new books on the table makes me feel better instantly!

Marianne Arkins said...

Stephen King seems to be a fave! LOL... When I want scary, I tend to go for some old Dean Koontz instead.

Thanks for visiting earlier, and happy BTT!

Chris said...

Couldn't agree with you more! Stephen King is a definite for those down in the dumps days. Orson Scott Card always does the trick for me too ;)

Rhinoa said...

I used to rely on Friends and Belgium Chocolate Hagan Daaz ice cream. Not I stick to kids books or Anne Rice.

Chris said...

Another Stephen King! He should write inspirational greetin cards!

Mei said...

I'm scared of Stephen King :)
I do like quick reads, though, like mysteries and chick-lit.

Melody said...

I enjoy reading Stephen King's books! One of the great horror authors of all time! My other favourites include John Saul and Dean Koontz. ;)

Judy Thomas said...

It was so good to meet another Kingaholic. I finished Lisey's Story recently and really loved it. Have you read it yet? It would make me worry for his wife... that is, if I hadn't read any of HER work! They are definitely a match made in .... somewhere ;-)

tanabata said...

I'm the same, if I'm really depressed I'd probably watch some mindless tv or something. I wouldn't be able to read. Otherwise I think I'd pick up something fun, a mystery, or something YA.

jean pierre said...

i can rather understand the king thing, because charlotte craves horrors when she's depressed. and i've sort of gotten into that now too... its quite comforting.

i personally like a good dystopian science fiction novel, with a hero striving against the odds.