I have always been a bookworm. I try to end every day with at least an hour of reading. I’ve read hundreds of books and found new favorites with each one, but there are a few that I will keep coming back to no matter what—especially when I need a pick-me-up. Here are some of my favorite comfort books or book series:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians and related books by Rick Riordan
I’m definitely a Percy Jackson kid. I don’t even remember when I first read the books, but they quickly took over my life. I have read every single book set in the Percy Jackson world multiple times over. The characters and their relationships are amazing and the story is wonderful! It never fails to draw me in and cheer me up when I’m having a bad day. The best part about the series is that it has taught me a lot about mythology, which I love to use in my own novels!
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I know this series has gotten complicated in recent years, and now that I’m older and can see the issues, I definitely disagree with the author on many things and dislike some aspects of the books, but there will always be room in my heart for Harry Potter. It reminds me of my childhood and simpler times—having fun with my friends, talking about our Patronuses, wands, or Houses. Like Percy Jackson, it helped me realize that I could write my own stories.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Sue me. I grew up with the “Big Three” young adult/children’s series. The Hunger Games always captures my attention and excites me. I always notice something new when I reread the books, and I love examining these complex characters and their interactions. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship hits me harder with each rereading, and I hope that they finally have some peace.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’m not sure what it is, but when I first read this book, something about it grabbed me tight and wouldn’t let go. I love how it’s told through letters rather than traditional narration. I love how unique the characters are; they help me accept myself and my differences whenever I feel out of the ordinary and insecure. It’s such a powerful book that reminds me that no matter how crazy this world is or how bad things might seem at times, eventually, it will all pass.