This has been a very difficult day for the UK and I think a lot of us are in need of comfort right now after the election result. Com-fort. From ‘com’ (intensive strength) + fort (to strengthen.)
Books are not just an escape, they are a force to strengthen us. Books can still change the world – despite everything. Right now, though, I need books that will tell me there is light and humour on the path ahead. I want to wrap myself up in words until I feel warm again. Here’s my list for this weekend.
Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
I always feel better after reading an Eva Ibbotson novel and this is one of my favourites. Telling the story of orphan Maia who is sent to live with relatives on the Amazon. While the awful relatives try to turn their plantation into Little England, Maia discovers the reality of the extraordinary world.
The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
Each chapter serves as a standalone story so you can read this in small pieces whenever you need a pick-me-up. A grandmother and her granddaughter on a island near Finland. It’s built of small incidents, warm humour and wise observations about family, friendship and life in general.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome
Always makes me laugh, and laughter is a good thing.
The Chronicles of St Mary’s, Jodi Taylor
This is my ultimate, guilty reading treat. Time-travelling historians cause chaos, sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic and often reading like the author is writing herself from one corner to another. I keep feeling I shouldn’t like these books and yet there’s an energy to the writing that sweeps me along.
What are your favourite reads for dark days? Please give me your recommendations.