Comfort food

Today’s Booking through Thursday:

Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?

(Funny that this turns up on Booking through Thursday just days after I posted about my blog-birthday contest, which has a similar “what would you pick when you can choose only a few things?” theme.)

For comfort reading, I would probably turn to The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy, which I’ve read a gazillion times. It’s a black-and-white world with no moral ambiguity. The good guys get to be heroes, and the bad guys get their just desserts. It’s a feel-good, happy ending. Well, until you get to the part where Frodo is miserable and still in pain years after the ring is destroyed. Maybe I’d just stop with the scourging of the Shire.

This reading would, of course, be accompanied by my favorite nonliterary comfort food: instant macaroni-and-cheese (yes, with the packet of cheese powder)–eaten straight out of the pot. (Because I know I’m going to eat all of it anyway, so why dirty up another dish that needs to be cleaned, right?)

4 Responses to “Comfort food”

  1. Meion 13 Sep 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Mac and cheese=the ultimate comfort food!

    I’ve never read any LotR books, but I’ve seen the movies … I think that should count :)

  2. Jennuon 13 Sep 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Good answer. I think I’d reach for the Bridget Jones books.

  3. Frankon 14 Sep 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I would pick the Lord of the Rings trilogy too, but my comfort food would be pizza… with Shiraz.

  4. Marshaon 17 Sep 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Mei: Well, the movies were pretty damn close adaptations of the books. So yeah, I think they could in this case!

    Jennu: To borrow from Mei: I’ve never read the books but I have seen the movies–does that count?

    Frank: Pizza and Shiraz are a nice combination, too. But if you really want to wallow in self-pity, knowing that the cheese you’re eating was a powder just a few minutes earlier can help. :)