Monday, November 17, 2008

Books as Comfort Food

Do you have a book that always cheers you up when you're sad or in a bad mood? Do you find yourself returning to old favorites when you're upset? Are books your version of comfort food?

One of our rescue cats was hit and killed by a car sometime yesterday night. Even though Buck was a stray, he was part of our family and both my mother and I were devastated to lose him. Tonight, like Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I'm going to "put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be."

14 comments:

  1. I am so sorry.

    Such a good quote.

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  2. I'm so sorry!! I definitely turn to comfort books in times of sadness (Elizabeth Enright, D. E. Stevenson, Georgette Heyer, sometimes Jane Austen). I hope you find your comfort reading.

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  3. I am so sorry, Ruth. If something like that happened to one of my furkids, I'd probably end up sitting in front of the TV. I don't think I could concentrate on a book, but that's just me.

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  4. Thanks so much everyone.

    Jen, I was thinking about breaking out some Austen, Heyer or Bronte later on tonight.

    Literary Feline, For most of the night (after taking the cat to the vet to be cremated), I've been online or watching TV. But I know once I go to bed (which I should have done hours ago, but I was too upset to sleep), I'll want a book to curl up with for a little while.

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  5. I am so so sorry to hear this!
    I know how it feels to lose an adorable pet!

    stray or not they win our love, and we lose our hearts to them!

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  6. As a cat lover myself, I am so sorry to hear about your loss! In answer to your question, books are definitely "comfort food" to me...I love Georgette Heyer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rex Stout particularly when I'm stressed and/or upset.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I know how quickly animals become a part of your family and how difficult it is to lose them.

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  8. So sorry for your loss :(
    I usually can't concentrate on reading if I'm really upset. I have to go on a long walk or something.

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  9. I'm so sorry about your kitty! I know the feeling, believe me. And unfortunately I can't seem to read when I'm upset ... it just doesn't work for me.

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  10. How very sad. I would be devastated if I lost one of my kitties.

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  11. Oh no, I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a pet. In the past when I lost pets I couldn't find comfort in anything. Eventually after alone time thinking, walking and allowing my tears to come I felt better - although I still mourn them, I find peace remembering them and their special ways.
    Take care, and best wishes to you.

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  12. I'm sorry. :-( There's not really much to comfort you when you lose a pet (friend) like that. The Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery are my comfort books - especially "Anne of the Island" - I get a kick out of Philippa, Anne's friend. And Anne herself is just comforting... :-)

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