Elizabeth wrote to me and asked for a comfort reading list, which is something we've talked off and on about here for years:
I think I speak for a lot of people (and given your “silly stuff” post yesterday, you as well) when I say that we need something, ANYTHING, to take our minds off of this horrifying tragedy, and the actions and reactions (for better and worse) of the media and those around us.
I admit, I'm reading a lot this week, and have even started to buffet my books, reading three at the same time in case one turns dark or scary. It's definitely a comfort to me to be reading. And so many of us have books we re-read and enjoy each time, though the reasons those books are so comforting can very by person.
With apologies to Lord Byron, I think what Elizabeth is looking for is the best of warm and bright comfort reading — as she put it, “funny, heartwarming romances” — books that aren't just comforting because they are familiar, but because they inspire the warmth and contentment that comes with good writing, good stories, and, well, some good for an hour or so of reading.
What do you recommend that's warm and happy, the best of the cozy and comforting in romance?