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April 1, 2020

Staff Reads: Comfort Reads Edition


We know how hard it can be not to stress and worry during these difficult times, so this staff reads we wanted to share our favorite comfort reads in the hopes that you might find one that helps to brighten your day. Be sure to let us know your favorite comfort reads in the comments below!  



While I’ve been trying to read through my TBR stack during the quarantine, my Harry Potter books have been staring me down. There’s nothing like returning to a childhood classic during a national pandemic. —Jen DePoorter, marketing coordinator 


I’m always comforted by writing that helps me envision a different world and how we might get there from here. Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy is a love letter and a manifesto for a world in which we acknowledge that we must coexist with the earth and with one another. —Kara Rota, senior editor 


My mom loves to read and reread Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander novels. I decided to pick up the first book in the series to start a mother and son virtual book club to keep her company during the quarantine. I’m pleased to report that when I picture the main character I do not envision Russell Crowe. —Sam Ofmansenior publicist  


I think my answer on the last post included Harry Potter (which I definitely stand by as a top comfort read) but I’d also recommend Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, which I’ve read so many times at this point I know full pages of it by heart. —Alex Granatoeditorial and subrights associate 


When I was younger, I used to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat. A few years ago, my friend got me a copy of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas as a present so even though that’s a picture book, I’ve found that to be my comfort read because it reminds me of childhood and it’s still one of my favorite movies and now books. Stefani Szenda, marketing associate  



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