Sunday, February 21, 2016

#IMWAYR ~ Comfort Reading

I've come to realize that some of my reading is "comfort reading."  Much like we often crave foods that offer us comfort, recollections of fond memories, and just plain old good feelings, I've recently been able to put that concept into words to describe some of the reading that I do.  Sometimes I find that I am so busy with numerous personal and professional commitments and obligations, that I at times I revert to spending my reading time with certain books, authors, and poems that offer me comfort.  The same can be said for the time within a day or a week that I read.  For instance, my lunchtime during the work week is usually spent "comfort reading."  

Last weekend was a glorious, four-day weekend!  It was a wonderful respite but I also had a cold.  Luckily, the cold didn't have me down and out sick, but it did slow me down a bit and I found myself doing a lot of "comfort reading" and resting.  

A favorite "comfort read" has been the Harry Potter series.  I was able to finish . . . 


I've been reading this wonderful classic with a small group of 5th grade students . . . 

I hadn't read this book in years!  It was great fun to introduce a new generation of readers to Judy Blume and her timeless classics!  There were many times that the students and I had to stop reading - they were literally laughing so hard that it was impossible to read!  My little group of readers and I connected our own personal stories and how we were all able to relate to Peter and his dealings with his little brother, Fudge.  It made my heart sing when I heard groans of disappointment when I announced we had to stop reading for the day.  It also brought me such joy, when one reader said in a quiet voice, "I don't want to stop reading."  

So, here you have it, two of my "comfort reads" from this past week.  Oh, and these three are always faithful reading companions.  They especially love "comfort reading"  . . . 

Miley (fawn pug), Mickey (hound ddog), & Mr. Wrinkles (black pug)

Ok, now grab your reader's notebook or open your GoodReads app, hop on over to the other blogs out there that write #IMWAYR posts, and add some titles to your "to read" lists. 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts  and Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, help share and spread book-love, by hosting this fun meme.  Check out their blogs for links to others who enjoy celebrating their reading weeks.  


  1. I love your thoughts about comfort reading. I agree that Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a great one to introduce to a new generation of readers. I moved back to 4th grade last year and it was one of my favorite read alouds.

  2. Comfort reading makes up a lot of my reading (when I'm not buried in review books). It has been years since I read Judy Blume. I should haul them out and make a display in my media center. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Turning to old favorites is always a comfort. I love your idea of sharing "comfort reads" today, have all the Blume books ready for my granddaughters when they're older.

  4. Hello fellow pug lover! I have a fawn pug and a black pug too that like to cuddle with me when I'm comfort reading. :)

  5. I remember the first time my husband went away for a long business trip I was feeling so low and lonely that I ended up rereading the entire Chronicles of Narnia series for comfort, it was like being a kid again :)

  6. I recall reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with my own daughter when she was in 4th grade - we had a fun time reading it aloud - it had us in stitches, if I remember right. Wow for Order of the Phoenix - I think that's one of the thickest Harry Potter novels, right? Enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. I always turn to Beverly Cleary's teen novels or Lenora Mattingly Weber's Beany Malone books when I need comfort reading. I used to love Anne of Green Gables, but don't care for it as much anymore.