let’s just do this and stop mucking around

I’ve been talking about starting a bookish website for months now, but I’ve dithered because I’m a hopeless and professional procrastinator with lots of anxiety. Seriously, I’m one of the best.

However, now that I’m quite literally stuck at home instead of just staying in because I’m a hermit by nature, I’m going to go live with this thing without really having any plan or content yet.

So, let’s talk books.

Specifically, let’s talk about the books that give you comfort during difficult times because these times are pretty damn difficult. What do you read when you need something to wrap you up in a blanket and hand you a hot drink? Which genres, authors, or specific titles do you turn to when everything stops making sense?

I’ll go first. Obviously.

To be honest, reading books has been a struggle lately. What I have been reading is a lot of fan fiction because I find reading new stories about familiar characters is easier than getting to know new characters. I just don’t seem to have the energy to make the acquaintance of anyone new either in real life or in my fiction. And honestly, there are some really fantastic fan fiction authors out there, so don’t let anyone shame you for spending your reading time on Wattpad or AO3. Additionally, if you are fanfic writer, I tip my hat and thank you.

Last night though, on the eve of what is going to be a pretty difficult day for my family made exponentially more difficult due to the pandemic, I reread a perpetual favorite: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.

But what reading material do you pick up when everything is awful and nothing makes sense? Let’s make a list together.

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  18 comments for “let’s just do this and stop mucking around

  1. sirena
    March 18, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I have been re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve also started House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.

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    • March 19, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Rereading Harry Potter sounds like a great idea, or maybe I’ll relisten to the audiobooks. The House of Earth and Blood has been recommended to me several times. I should pick up a copy.


  2. gadis
    March 18, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Hmm… That would really depend on my mood. Sometimes, I just wanted to forget things and run away to some distant land that is as far removed from my reality as it can be. Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series would be a perfect choice. You know the world has gone crazy when a story chock-full of supernatural races actually makes more sense than whatever it is you have to face.

    But other times, I craved for something familiar and easy to read. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Andrea Hirata, but he is one of my fave Indonesian writer. I love the way he weaves his narrative, a perfect combination of humor and heart, with stories that felt like an honest and humble representation of people in my country. His writing always cheer me up.

    Though given the current condition of the whole world, I’m actually considering re-reading Albert Camus’ La Peste. Who knows that a book that I read for an assignment back in my high school days could feel this relatable now.

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    • March 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      I have added Hirata’s Rainbow Troops to my wishlist for later as it sounds very intriguing.

      If you are a fan of Camus (as much as anyone is a fan of existentialism), and have read The Stranger, I highly recommend The Mersault Investigation by Kamal Daoud. It is from the point of view of the brother of the Arab, and is really a fascinating read that blows open the priviliged colonialistic point of view of Camus’s novel. And it’s just a good read if that statement scares you away.

      I do find that comfort reads are what I’m drawn to and need right now, and I’m even seeing that in what I watch. I just can’t seem to stick with new shows.


  3. blnmom
    March 18, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Also L. M. Montgomery, but the Anne series. The Secret Garden (no relation to kdrama), Little Princess, etc. Heidi. Little Women. I read my childhood books for comfort, brings me back to the good ol’ days.

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    • March 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      I’ve been revisiting Jane Austen lately. Namely Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Admittedly, I haven’t been reading them, but have been watching them instead, but it still counts. Doesn’t it?


      • RukiaDB
        March 19, 2020 at 7:23 pm

        Yes. Definitely.


  4. Peony
    March 18, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I second blnmom! Everything she said.
    L.M. Montgomery Emily of New Moon and The Blue Castle. Enid Blyton The Enchanted Woods series. I dig the fairy drawings!
    And Chronicles of Narnia.
    Also, Little House. Percy Jackson.
    And now, mostly character-study type Untamed fanfiction, preferably long. So ASMR😂

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    • RukiaDB
      March 18, 2020 at 9:56 pm

      If it’s by the author of The Grand Master of Diabolism, then it can be as long as it wants or needs to be. I love her stories. Love.

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      • RukiaDB
        March 18, 2020 at 9:57 pm

        Look! I changed my name! Didn’t even remember bing sniffy or whatever. sheesh

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      • March 19, 2020 at 6:43 pm

        I’m almost done with Scum Villain and then will move on to the Heaven’s Official Blessing. The stories are great, but I have to admit the font on the websites are very hard on my eyes.


        • RukiaDB
          March 19, 2020 at 7:20 pm

          I haven’t read Scum Villain yet. I really liked Heaven’s Official Blessing (which I read exclusively on my phone).
          I look forward to hearing/reading your opinion!


    • March 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      The Untamed fanfiction well is deep and I can’t seem to drag myself out. These characters are just too good, and so many writers are making good use of them.

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  5. bev
    March 18, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Written in Red by Anne Bishop came out in 2013. I was not in the vest place mentally or emotionally and it just sucked me in. It is a fantasy novel, but something about stepping out of this world and into the Courtyard of that world was just what I needed. I finished it and pretty much started it over again.

    I have the last two Mercy Thompson books lined up to read. She is one of my favorite heroines and spending time with her and the other characters is like visiting old friends by now.

    I have to say some of the other comments has me wanting to maybe go on a visit to Green Gables.

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  6. achtoummy
    March 18, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I often read books I’ve read before. Or ones that are very simple and sweet. Probably books I wouldn’t like as much when my nerves are less jangled.
    The Number One Ladies Detective Agency was a great find when my world was falling apart ever so many years ago.
    At the moment, I’m reading books about inspiring people (Hidden Figures) and old favorites that always show me something new (the Feminine in Fairytales).
    My eternal gratitude for making this space. Okay, maybe not eternal, just heart felt.

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  7. achtoummy
    March 18, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    By the way, I’m Rukia


    • March 19, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Rukia! Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any other recommendations for books about inspiring people besides Hidden Figures? I have that one in my audiobook library waiting for my attention, but I think I need more especially because now we need inspiring people more than ever.


      • RukiaDB
        March 19, 2020 at 7:21 pm

        I agree. You’ve probably already read Freedom Writers.
        I’ll have a think and come back…


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