Thursday, September 13, 2007

Booking Through Thursday - A Really Bad Day

Here's this week's Booking Through Thursday. I want to add the first week of school to the worst-case list.

Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?

(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)

I can't say I'd read the Bible or anything else of any substance. On a really bad day, I need comfort reading just like some people need comfort food. You know how comfort food is not always the best for you, has too many calories, but feels you up and makes everything feel better. That's the kind of book I'd choose to read. So, I guess I need to be specific. If there were a new book by Janet Evanovich, Marcia Muller, or Sue Grafton, I'd probably be right at the bookstore to pick it up. If there wasn't anything new by one of them, I'd probably reread a "Cat Who" mystery, or I might even regress and read a Nancy Drew book. I guess the short answer would be a fluffy mystery, and it wouldn't matter if I had read it before.

I'm very curious what other people would read. Great question this week.


Presbyterian Gal said...

I'd pick Sue Grafton, Diane Mott Davidson or a well written romance novel set somewhere by the sea. Brain candy to sweeten a yucky day.

gautami tripathy said...

Mills and boons or Harlequins? I used read those when I was in school. Are these still around?

BookGal said...

Pres - I do like Davidson for those days.

Gautami - Harlequins are still around but they are not my first choice.

alisonwonderland said...

Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Millhone are great choices! but i don't think i could re-read something i've already read.

bookinhand said...

Yes, comfort reading is like comfort eating! Good choices for authors. I would add Luann Rice and Nora Roberts to mine. Diane

BookGal said...

Book - I've never read Rice or Roberts. I think I'm missing out.

Alison - I think I could reread if the situation was as bad as the pretend one. I probably couldn't function to get to a new book so I'd have to read an old one.

Trish said...

Fluffy stuff works best for me when I'm in that kind of funk (although I don't run to the mysteries but other types of "fluff").