We love gadgets, whistles and bells, but more than these items we love our comfort. Comfort like a snuggly terry cloth robe on a cool fall morning; worn thread-bare jeans that seem almost to caress our skin; paper-thin cotton t-shirts as soft as silk. Then there are the over-sized chairs that beguile us into a Sunday mid-afternoon nap. We pay extra for comfort on rail, planes and cars and we return over and over to our comfort reads
For some people saying a book is a comfort read is sort of a dismissive term –meaning nothing new or exciting. But I disagree. Like reaching for our favorite comfort food after bad day at work, comfort reads soothe us. Aren’t “keepers” the ultimate comfort read?
For example -your boss just gave you project that going to take you twenty hours to complete, and she wants it tomorrow; or you sign in to discover what is going on in your daughter’s second-grade-classroom, and discover a note from the teacher stating that your daughter has lice. After doing your take-home-work, or washing all the linens, hair brushes, towels, and applying lice treatment to your daughter’s waist long hair, you’re not going to reach for an unknown author. You need guaranteed relaxation so you reach for one of your favorite authors.
If you read First Come, First Served: New-to-You Romance Authors and the Age of (Digital) Discoverability then you might wonder if I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth since I gave a call out to read new authors. However, there is a place for both in our reading selection.