Recommended Reading for May

RecommendedReadingI’m back from my unplanned absence from the blogging world. Life threw us a few curveballs earlier this month, and then the kids had lots of stuff going on. God bless all you extrovert moms out there. I love your outgoing personalities, enthusiasm, and energy. But at one point, this introvert simply needed a break from it all. Since I can’t simply crawl into bed and not come out of the bedroom for a few days, I took comfort in books. Where else? Today’s recommended reading is brought to you by some of the authors I turn to when I want to gently float, rather than be swept away.

10163292Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover
The thing I like about Moyes is that she consistently writes believable characters and interesting stories. I can buy into the situations without having to stretch my imagination. The characters are smart, even if they don’t always make smart choices. The stories make me think and feel. Her books always hit the spot, and this one is no exception. I especially liked the story that’s set in the 1960s.

115076Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In
Here’s another heroine who is easy to relate to. She’s down to earth, with a good head and a good heart. It’s also a book about friendship, and it makes you feel warm and sometimes fuzzy on the inside. It gets bonus points for taking place in Philadelphia and mentioning the movie “The Sure Thing.” I can’t tell you how often my girlfriend and I watched this movie growing up.


2200877Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen
Josey Cirrini’s life gets thrown off balance when one day she suddenly finds a woman living in her closet. But the odd encounter leads to some positive changes in Josey’s life. It’s another book where friendship takes the front seat, and even with a little added magic, it all makes perfect sense. I like this one even better than Allen’s Garden Spells.


Tell me, dear readers, what book or author do you turn to when you are looking for a comfort read?





  1. I don’t have any one author/book in particular that I turn to for comfort, but in thinking about it now whenever I’m feeling a bit down I always seem to gravitate towards books that involve someone travelling somewhere. Perhaps it’s my way of “getting away from it all” (aside from just reading!).

  2. When seeking a comforting read I often turn to Susanna Kearsley, for her sweeping suspense novels, and when in a fantasy mood I reach for Terry Pratchett’s hilarious Discworld books 🙂

  3. Welcome back! And I understand how you’ve been feeling! My kids and home life has been totally chaotic this month and I think it’s affected my reading. I can’t seem to finish anything “heavy” and finally realized it, so I turned to something lighter (The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee), which is totally working for me! So, I think I turn to lighter reads for comfort, to answer your question…

  4. I tend to turn to crime novels when I’m in need of a comfort read, something like the Maigret mysteries or an old hard-boiled novel. Alternatively, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day turned out to be an absolute delight, so it’s a good one to keep in mind for a rainy day.

    I hope things have calmed down a little for you and the family. All the best. J x

  5. L.M. Montgomery is always good for a comfort read. I’ve read a few Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella – maybe I should give Moyes another try. I like the sound of The Last Letter.
    I have been wondering where you were – I hope all is well! It’s true about those extrovert mothers, isn’t it? I don’t know how they keep it up. 🙂
    Are you still planning to post your review of Measuring the World tomorrow, or has it been postponed? (It makes no difference to me – just wondering…I’m ready whenever you are!)

    • All is well; I just needed a break. I think I sent more texts in April than in my entire life! My review of Measuring the World will go up tomorrow, but I am way behind with reading The Invention of Nature. Oh well… I will check out Marian Keyes. I don’t know her.

      • Good to hear all is well. I hope you had a nice break!
        The Invention of Nature arrived at my house about a week ago, but I haven’t touched it yet.
        I found some of Keyes good and some not as good, so just check out the reviews so you can get yourself a good one. I remember a couple of them actually making me laugh (gasp!).

  6. I was wondering about Moyes – I just read One Plus One which I liked quite a bit. BUT. The only other book of hers I’d read was Me Before You and I wondered – are her female characters always poor and struggling and working for the men they fall in love with? I’m not sure I was wild about the power dynamics on display…At some point I will probably read The Last Letter From Your Lover…and Ship of Brides…and whatever else she writes because she does kind of make you feel all warm and fuzzy (when she’s not breaking your heart).
    I do enjoy a good Agatha Christie comfort read. Or Jane Austen. So basic eh?

  7. Yay for the Sugar Queen! I love that book so much! Her books are just delightful comfort reading. I haven’t read the Last Letter from Your Lover – definitely on my list. My comfort reads include any Nora Roberts or Harry Potter – kind of a wide variation there. The Royal We was a really great happy book when I needed one.

  8. I turn to re-reads when I need comfort reading – Reginald Hill, Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, PG Wodehouse if I need cheering up, and of course Sherlock Holmes. Books I know so well I can read them without having to engage my brain…

    • I think I really need to get my hands on some Wodehouse. You’ve recommended those books a couple of times now, and I still have never read any. And Miss Marple is definitely due for a reread.

  9. That’s a good question. I was needing exactly that last night and at first I wanted to go read more of the Chronicles of Prydain series (my comfort reads are usually childhood favourites) but instead I returned to the book I was already reading, A Long Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. And getting lost in that strange world was somehow comforting to me!

    • The description of A Long Long Way reminded me a little of A Hitchhiker’s Guide, but maybe without the snark. I’ll have to check whether the library has it. I can see how a strange world would be a good (book) place to get lost in. Thanks for the recommendation.

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