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Staff Picks: Books That Comfort Us

Staff Picks: Books That Comfort Us

Where can readers find a little solace? It's in the scent of old books, the feel of pages on our fingertips, the stories we keep in our hearts. Here are some of those stories, ones in which our resident bookworms have found comfort in trying times.

Which books have you turned to for comfort? Share them in the comments — maybe they can work their magic on other bookworms, too

The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

Karla's Pick

The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches edited by Brian MacArthur

During these trying times, it’s comforting for me to see how the world leaders articulate their people’s hopes to inspire change. Inspiringly they were able to promote movements towards justice, peace and order, and compassion to one another through powerful combination of words fueled with deep sincerity. With tomorrow’s uncertainty, words that give me hope keep me going.

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Joe's Pick

The Witch of Portabello by Paulo Coelho

I chose it in this perilous times of loneliness, and of the pandemic because there’s always something in the common themes of Paulo Coelho that makes me want to take a step back, and think more fondly of life. It brings an unwanted epiphany that I needed nonetheless. I hope that this book shall also keep my spirits up, and feed my soul as all of his other books did.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Nicole's Pick

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

In Volume 9 of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series, we reach the most pivotal point of the storyline that unravels the grim fate of its protagonist. While not the rosiest of plotlines, the story painfully yet beautifully demonstrates that sometimes one must do the heaviest and most difficult of sacrifices for the good of everyone else. I take comfort in knowing that there are stories of strength, humility, and a little bit of magic when people have something to stand for. (And it’s always comforting to immerse in the colorful and mythical graphic storytelling!)

Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

Agnes's Pick

Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

I love rereading Fables because it's a story about hope, both the good and the bad kind. And it's also a good reminder that sometimes the most important battles are not fought with swords and guns, but the ones fought from within.

Rilla of Ingleside of L. M. Montgomery

Ilia's Pick

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

Re-reading Rilla of Ingleside and it's heartening to read about a community live through what felt like the end of the world as they knew it—it was set in Canada during WWI, The war changed them and taught them loss but their circumstances also showed them they could rise above their self-preservation, fear, and vanities. Most of all, it reminds me that "this, too, shall pass away."

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hannah's Pick

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

More than the romance, the comedy, and the exquisite writing, I find comfort in Pride and Prejudice because whenever I go back to it, I'm transported 18 years back, when I first cracked open my now-battered copy, a time when all I had to worry about was what to read next.

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