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    I alternate between fiction and nonfiction (mostly history these days). It's fiction when I'm sick. Adolescent fiction is my comfort food of literature, so thanks, people, for a list of books to add to my to-read list. I'm not a huge rereader, but Harry Potter, The Mists of Avalon, and The Last Unicorn are ones that have fallen into that category.

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    I totally agree with your list freerangedad. I have a whole series of Avalon books that I read and reread. I also love the Outlander series. I have to admit though that when I am feeling bad I love to read Amish love stories.
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    There is an Avalon SERIES???? Lead me to it, STAT! LOL! I am currently 60 pages into another reading of The Mists of Avalon. LOVE it.

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    I read the Mists of Avalon and then read The Fall of Atlantis. I love those books. The last three were written by Diana Paxson using the outlines that Marion Zimmer Bradley had started.
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    The Count of Monte Cristo and The Birth of Venus are my go-to books. If I want something a little lighter, I love the Mistress of the Art of Death books.
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    This will probably sound weird but my go-to is The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. It's nice and long to get me through tough times. (I hate when a book ends right when you start to get really engrossed in the characters.) I have NOT seen the movie - I'm afraid it will ruin the one that plays in my mind as I read, as so many other movies have.

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    Love Mists of Avalon! I haven't re-read that in a long time. My comfort books are usually something easy from Maeve Binchey (like The Glass Lake )or Rosamund Pilcher (The Shell Seekers). The stories are of a simpler time, in a way, but in other ways, life in those places and times were harder and usually more limited for women. The characters are usually able to move through their difficulties of war, love, loss, death, by just getting on with the business of living - enjoying their gardens, making a home and meals for their families, and toughing out what one can't change, and focusing on life's simple pleasures.
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    My emotionally turbulent comfort book is A Ring of Endless Light.
    Love, love, love this book!
    Madeleine L'Engle is definitely a comfort author for me. I love the theme of redemption, hope, life.
    Also Linda Hogan, especially Solar Storms.
    The Hunger Games.
    P.D. James if I'm in the mood for mystery.
    Isabel Allende.
    Like Water for Chocolate.
    The Fifth Sacred Thing.
    Homeschooling my 2 children since January 2013
    7-year-old loves animals and math; 10-year-old loves reading and magic
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    If I want "brain candy" I frequently find my self reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, books by Sarah Dunant (Birth of Venus), The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    I really like time travel and historical pieces, so I love the Outlander series which combines the two.

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