curl up with a comfort food book

By Louise Sukle
Editor & Publisher
Woman Newspapers

Every summer, we’re bombarded with countless beach reads. Yet winter, with it’s endless, bleak months, is truly the best season to burrow deep into a great book. Take the excuse to stay inside and catch up on all those titles you swear you’ve been meaning to get to. think about what makes your “comfort food” reading: something simple and gratifying like MASHED POTATOES (Anne of Green Gables) or something RICH AND COMPLEX like Beef bourguignon (she’s come undone).

Here my pick of books that pair perfectly with thick socks, warm blankets, a steaming mug of cocoa, and the vision of snowflakes drifting down outside the window.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
“Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver
“She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny

Sometimes I just want to return to old literary friends and get lost in a world I’m familiar with. That’s when I pull out an old favorite or two, blow off the dust, and settle in.

“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough
“Shogun” by James Clavell
“The Clan of the Cave Bear” by Jean M. Auel
“Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry
“A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute

These are just a small number of my favorite books and authors, books that have entertained me and sustained me through the years. I’m sure you have a few titles of your own springing to mind.