Do you have a comfort read? A book you turn to time and time again whenever you want to escape or just cheer yourself up? Here are some of mine. You'll probably notice a pattern--I really love books that just have over-the-top descriptions of clothing, locations, and luxury goods. Whether it's the lush writing of a historical romance, or the delightfully fluffy chicklit of a Sophie Kinsella book, I love books that immerse you in their scenery.
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M White
This book has been a favourite of mine ever since I read it when it first released! At first, I had no idea it was a Christian story, and it was the first Christian fiction I'd ever read, in fact. However, once I'd read it, I was hooked on Christian historical romance, and I read the rest of the books in the series and all of Roseanna M White's books since then. It has inspired me to write Christian romance and Christian fiction.
Brook, the main character, is a spunky and relatable protagonist living in early 1900s Monaco, who is supposedly an opera singer's bastard. Her life is forever changed when her friend, Justin, a future British duke, brings her to England, to reunite her with who he believes is her real father. From there on, follow the two of them as they fall in love and unravel a jewelry-related mystery.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection is a YA classic, like the Hunger Games or TFIOS or Divergent. It always brings me back to a more nostalgic time, when life was simpler, and maybe that's why I love reading it so much. It's loosely based on the stories of Cinderella and Queen Esther.
America Singer is a lower-class girl living in a dystopian society with a prince when she is chosen to be one of the Selected, one of 35 girls who will compete for the hand of Prince Maxon. It's essentially a royal version of The Bachelor, with just as much drama, far more romance (Maxon is the SWEETEST and has the SWOONIEST lines) and it's much cleaner in content. Be prepared to be hooked.
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
The Secret Diamond Sisters centres around 3 sisters (being one of 3 sisters myself, I always love stories with 3 sisters in them!) who discover that their father is actually Adrian Diamond, a famous and wealthy hotelier. They are flown to Vegas to meet him when their alcoholic mother goes to rehab. From then on, it's endless drama, lavish parties, and numerous tests of their sisterly bonds. Though the three of them are quite different, I always enjoy reading about their relationship and how they stick by one another.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments series is another YA classic, a fantasy about a girl who discovers she belongs to a race of half-angel, half0huamn warriors after her mother goes missing. I love the angst, (there is so much angst), romance, humor, and tension woven throughout this book and series. Even though the romance may be controversial (I won't spoil it for you) the series always makes me smile.
Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
Finally, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is my go-to comfort read. Any time I want to dive into a world of Becky's soaring credit card debt, hilarious letters to her creditors, her failed but humorous romances, as well as her budding relationship with Luke, I jump right back into Confessions of a Shopaholic. Although Becky may be a bit of a ditz, she has a heart of gold and is just downright hilarious.
Well, that's my list! Drop a comment below and let me know if you have any comfort reads.