There is comfort one finds in the company of certain books. When I’m feeling low or in a reading block, I usually turn to these to see if I can bounce back quickly. From these rereads, I might have read some more than ten times.
1. Harry Potter series
This series is perhaps my favorite comfort read. I read them every year, and this year too hasn’t been any different. I might have read each book in this series more than ten times perhaps, but the characters and scenes stay just as fresh in my mind now like they were the first time I read.
2. Famous Five series
I was in school the first time I read The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. The adventures of the five were just fun, narrated in a simple way, just perfect for that age. Children’s books can be read by adults too, and when I did recently, they were just as fun as they were the first time I read them.
3. Few books from the Jack Reacher series
The first time I came across the books by Lee Child were at the library in my neighborhood. I read them once from there. When I started adding to my own bookshelf, I wanted these to be there too. I have read a few books like that – Killing Floor, The Visitor, A Wanted Man… these come to mind immediately.
4. Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
This has to be one of the best thrillers I have read. It had me hooked on to it the first time I borrowed it from the neighborhood library. I bought the books for my own collection, and re-read it a couple of times after. It remained quite engaging, and enjoyable to read.
5. The Guardians of the Halahala/The Conspiracy at Meru
This is a mytho-fantasy series by Shatrujeet Nath that I started reading a few years back. These two books were the first two in the series. I read them again recently when the third book of the series released. I’ve re-read The Guardians when The Conspiracy released too, so I can read in a flow. I might re-read all three books in the series when the fourth book releases next year too. It’s a series I would heartily recommend to any book lover.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
1st June, 2017)