Sunday, January 19, 2014

15 Question of the Week: What is Your Comfort Book?

Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

January 19, 2014

The other day, my friend Erica O’Rourke -- author of the TORN trilogy (Kensington, out now) and the upcoming DISSONANCE series (S&S BFYR, Fall 2014) -- tweeted, Swamped with work, so going with a comfort read this weekend: Agatha Christie. Do you have a comfort author or book?” I thought that was an excellent question, and asked Erica if I could use it as my Question of the Week. She said, “Absolutely!” So without further ado, I ask you…

Do You Have a Comfort Book?

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Clara Kensie's comfort
My answer: Yes! My comfort book is DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN by Fannie Flagg. The book follows the adventures of Daisy Fay throughout her tween and teen years in a small Southern town. Filled with quirky, endearing characters and hilarious escapades, DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN was published in 1981, and I’ve probably read it at least once a year since then. I used to bring it on every work trip, and read it when I was dining alone at the hotel restaurant and flying on the plane. I would always laugh out loud, sometimes with uncontrollable giggles, and embarrass myself. Hee! Now it’s on my Kindle so I always have it with me. I love Fannie Flagg’s books (she’s written many, the most popular probably being FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE), but DAISY FAY is my comfort book. It always makes me smile.

WHAT ABOUT YOU: Do you read a comfort book or author when you’re stressed or sad or lonely? What makes it so comforting to you?


  1. I read Tell It To The Bees by Fiona Shaw whenever I feel like I need a bone-crushing hug. I've read it - I think - six times now and three of those in one sitting because it distracts me so much.

    It's a novel told from the point of view of Charlie in the 1950s who witnesses the breakdown of his parents' marriage and finds solace in the garden of the local doctor, Jean, who keeps bees. Then a relationship develops between Jean and Charlie's mum. It's a lovely novel. Reviewed it back in 2010 if anyone's interested:

  2. Any of the Harry Potter books. :) It takes me mere minutes to disappear into Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and forget why I was upset.

  3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

  4. How funny... I write our Monday questions for YA Confidential and this is next week's question. :-) Luckily, I'm all set with an answer. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is one of those books that I keep going back to when things aren't going quite right. It's so emotional and written in such a lovely, unique way. One of my favorites.

    1. I completely agree, Katy! I'm so glad Jandy Nelson has a new book coming out in September! I can't wait.

  5. Yes, the Golden Compass books, or Lord of the Rings, or HP.

  6. For me it's poetry, and a wide variety at that. Most recently I am in love with Reduced to Joy by Mark Nepo. My, oh, my. Such beautiful stuff.

  7. The Harry Potter books do it for me, too. I've read them so many times, I can just dip in and read a favourite chapter or two.

  8. I don't have a particular book I go for since my To-Read Stack is literally 60 books high - reading ANYTHING is a HUGE COMFORT. :-)

  9. For me, pretty much anything by L. M. Montgomery or Louisa May Alcott. There's just something comfortingly simple and gentle and wholesome about their books that makes them appealing to me when I'm stressed out.

  10. Wow, all the Harry Potters!

    Kimberley, I have a huge TBR too and I feel guilty for tree-reading my comfort book when I have so many others that I need to read. But sometimes I just want the familiarity of my comfort book- I know I'll love it, no matter what. :-)

  11. Whoops! RE-reading, not tree-reading. Stupid Autocorrect. LOL

  12. I'm going to go with Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know. But Jane Austen's prose and characters are so delicious. I've read it so often that it's like treading a well worn path to a hidden cove. I relax instantly when I open the pages.

  13. I have a handful of favorites I go to. :) Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight and Karen Marie Moning's Bloodfever are two I love.


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