Comfort Eating: Librarian’s edition

For all kinds of reasons, this week has felt like very hard work, and on Tuesday night after work, what I really, really wanted was a huge coffee and a chocolate croissant. The only problem was that I try not to drink coffee (even decaf) after about 4pm and I avoid gluten as much as possible as well. What I really wanted, of course, was something comforting. Something reassuring and familiar and warm to bury myself in.

So I did what all good librarians do in my position: I went to the library.

Pile of books

It’s possible that I may have got a bit carried away. This tends to happen when I visit the library in that sort of state of mind. Books! Free books! What’s not to like? Sometimes in this sort of mood, I end up with a lot of things that I feel I ‘ought’ to read, and I end up returning them unread. Often they’re unread and late, at which point my ‘free’ books become a bit more expensive (I can’t be the only librarian who constantly owes library fines, can I?)

This time, I chose things specifically for their comfort value. Old friends of titles and authors that made me happy even as they made my shoulder hurt. I can’t wait for someone to invent lightweight paper!

Herring seller's apprentice

This is the title I chose to kick off with (propped up against the sort of weightier tomes that I’m more used to dealing with!) It’s a light-hearted romp of a detective story, very knowing, well-written and incredibly easy to read. And the best thing is, there are at least 4 more in the series!

Definitely cheaper and better for me than a visit to my favourite cafe. Anyone else have a favourite comfort-read?


10 thoughts on “Comfort Eating: Librarian’s edition

  1. I quite often take books back late! I have a feeling librarians might be more blasΓ© about fines.

    Good selection of books πŸ™‚ Graveyard Book is good, but leaves a lot of the story to the imagination. I wish it were twice as long.


    1. I think librarians are definitely less worried – we know the worst that can happen!

      I’ve done very little reading in the last couple of years, so deliberately went for the ‘easy to digest’ options πŸ™‚ It’s ages since I read any Gaiman at all, so starting simple seemed the way to go!


  2. It looks like we have some old friends in common πŸ™‚ and some potential new friends for me to check out. I too am going through a difficult time and have resorted to a comfort read, Eddings. Perfect escapism, relaxing because I know the characters and the story well enough to not get anxious over what is going to happen next. I re-read the Belgariad over 20 years when my Grampa was dying in hospital, this time I am re-reading the Malloreon. Is there anything more comforting than curling up in bed with a friendly book, a hot drink and cat cuddle? I don’t think so πŸ™‚


    1. I recommend the Lyle for pure escapism. It’s very silly but a lot of fun.

      Gosh, yes, I’d forgotten Eddings! I read the Belgariad and the Malloreon many years ago. There’s nothing better than escaping somewhere else when the real world is getting a bit much.


  3. More of a listen, and something I tend to do during the summer when I’m working, and that’s get all the Harry Potter books spoken by Stephen Fry on the i pod and enjoy.


  4. Definitely librarians are the worst for returning books on time. It’s fine (ha ha!) when you work in the library and can override things, but when you don’t I think we’re the worst for fines. We also know all the excuses too πŸ™‚


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