Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Salon: Comfort Reads

I've been feeling rather overwhelmed by my online and real life commitments and lately it just seems easier to escape into the pages of a book than deal with the here and now. Which I think is where the vampires come in, since even though I've been reading more intensively, all I've been craving is fun, easy reads. Ones to get completely lost in. Comfort reads.

At the beginning of the week I tried my third manga, xxxHolic vol. 1, which I have to admit I didn't like as much as the other two. Then mid-week I had an unexpected day off as all my lessons were cancelled. Although it was not by me, it was fortunate because hayfever decided to hit me hard this week, leaving me sneezing, stuffed up with a headache, and lethargic for the last few days. Admittedly, this is probably partly why I'm feeling more reclusive than usual but instead of getting some other stuff done around here, I gulped down all of Colleen Gleason's latest, As Shadows Fade, which finally showed up by the way. I can't remember the last time I read a whole book in a day! Then I spent quite a few hours reading yesterday and today, and have just finished reading all 700 odd pages of Breaking Dawn. Whew! Considering I read all of Eclipse last weekend. Double whew! And even though it was cheesy and I didn't even like most of the first half of Breaking Dawn, I'm still going to miss Bella, Edward, Jacob, Alice and all the rest. As well as Victoria, Max, and Sebastian.

What to read next? I'm not sure. I still feel like losing myself in something not too challenging but I do think I'm vampired out for now. Maybe more manga. Or fantasy. Or I wonder if a mystery would fit my current mood. What are your comfort reads?

Hope you're achieving a better balance than I am lately, and apologies for being a bad blogger lately, or rather a bad blog visitor. I love your comments and I promise to stop by when I get my blogging mojo back. Have a good week!

Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: a vampire weekend
Berry Angel of Spring (Weekend Snapshot)
Bookish Musings and It's Tuesday, where are you?
'Emma, vol. 1' by Kaoru Mori (review)
Friday Finds and Fill-ins
PhotoHunt: Four


  1. Whenever I'm really down in the dumps, I reread Lloyd Alexander's five CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN. They were childhood favourites, and I still love them to bits. They always cheer me up.

    I hope you feel better soon. :(

  2. My comfort reads are probably the Thursday Next series and the Harry Potter series. They are exciting, completely plot-driven and I know I can get a good laugh and a little bit of a racing heart out of each one. I'm almost ready to pick one of them up ... I could use a comfort read right now!

  3. We all need a break from blogging or real life and comfort ourself otherwise we do become overwhelmed.
    For my part my comfort books are just any book I really like. I am reading THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY and highly recomend it, it is a fun read. After EDGAR SAWTELLE it is a real comfort :D

    I wish you a very nice week Nat

  4. I hope you feel better soon! My comfort reads are re-reads, or books that I'm reading for the first time but are part of a series I love.

  5. After finishing Breaking Dawn, I couldn't get into another book for a month. I was completely wiped out by vampires and it took me ages to get into anything else. I am impressed you got to read a whole book in a day. I wish my commitments would ease up to let me do that.

  6. My comfort reads are rereading my old favorites. I hope you have a more relaxing week.

  7. I've been on a comfort read kick myself too lately! Except for the ARCs that I am obliged to read...but even those have been comfort type reading! Glad to hear that the rest of the twilight series was semi-enjoyable...I really need to start the second book! I loved XXXholic, but I think that's because I was familiar with CLAMP's other characters. Seeing as it has lots of cameos by them, I can see how it wouldn't be as enjoyable without having read those.

  8. No need to apologize! I took some time off from blogging when my cousin was visiting me last week and I feel like I can't get caught up either and I sort of just want to go read books and hide from the world and obligations :)

    As far as comfort reads go, I always turn to more mysteries but lately I seem to be craving "women's fiction".

    Have a good week and hope you find a great comfort read!

  9. My fomfort reads are mysteries and classics. Oh, and books from my childhood! :)

  10. I tend to turn to short story collections or anthologies when I'm worn out by novels. They tend to help clear my palate, so to speak, and I don't feel bad dipping in and out of them. They don't require the momentum I sometimes feel novels require. :)

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  12. Memory - Thanks. Rereading some childhood favourites does sound like a good way to cheer up. :)

    Kristen M. - I've been thinking of rereading the Thursday Next books, so maybe I'll end up doing that sometime soon. They are fun, aren't they?

    Sylvie - I'm glad you're really enjoying The Guernsey potato book, it's on my list. And thanks, I hope you have a good week too!

    Nymeth - My head is a bit of a strange place lately but I think I'll work my way out of it soon. It is nice to revisit familiar characters!

    Scrap girl - I know what you mean, the story and characters are still swirling around in my head. I really shouldn't have spent the day reading but at least my work commitments were cleared for the day so it's just other stuff that I've been avoiding.

    Vasilly - I haven't reread any old favourites for a while, maybe I'm due. Thanks.

    Chris - The rest of the Twilight series has some issues but it was still pretty compulsive reading. I really need to get back to reading some review books though or that's just going to make me feel worse.
    About xxxHolic, there were a few things that just didn't work for me but one of them definitely was the feeling that there was stuff I didn't know because I hadn't read any of their other work.

    Iliana - I think about some of the stuff I should be doing and it seems too much so I pick up a book instead. Course that means that it's just piling up even more! LOL. One of these days I'll get back on track.

    Eva - I'm thinking a mystery might be a nice change of pace right now.

    priscilla - That's a good idea. I have a couple of short story collections that I should review soon so I could dip into them and at the same time feel like I'm actually accomplishing something. Thanks. :)

    debnance - LOL! That's good! Thanks for making me smile. :)

  13. Haruki Murakami has been seduced by a few teenagers of Santiago de Compostela.
    I recommend

  14. I keep meaning to go to the store to get Colleen's latest, and I keep forgetting! I also want Russell Brand's new autobiography, My Bookie Wook :-)

  15. Alberto - Thanks for stopping by. Murakami is certainly loved all over the world. It's interesting how his books seem to transcend culture.

    Janet - It was a fun read, and a good ending to the series. I'm not a huge fan of Russell Brand but that is a great title! :)

  16. Apparently my allergies are really bad because I was informed this morning that I have been snoring all week! Would be nice if someone would tell me...

    I will be more sad to say good bye to Gleason's characters than I was to finish Breaking Dawn. That book drove me CRAZY!

  17. Kailana - Being stuffed up from allergies does have that result. LOL. I've kind of got caught up in the Cullens world this month, but I was sad to say goodbye to the characters from both series. And I know what you mean, the first half of Breaking Dawn drove me crazy too.


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