4. Comforting Classics and other absorbing reads

Today Chelsey and Sara are toppling your TBR with classics and pairings to keep you company during the pandemic. Comfort reading is different for everyone, so we’ve got a wide range of books to recommend including books with cozy communities, classic comedies (and modern pairings), and big books to last you through many weeks of social distancing.

Comfort Reads

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

***the Strand is hosting a readalong of P&P  because their customers voted it the ultimate comfort read – follow along as they discuss it in their stories (@strandbookstore)

-BBC Pride and Prejudice (1995) – streaming on Hulu

-Death Comes to Pemberley  – Amazon

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Cozy Communities

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell / Middlemarch by George Eliot (great on audio)

-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Netflix

-Doctor Thorne – streaming on Amazon Prime

-Downton Abbey

Page Turners

Passing by Nella Larsen

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

-Sherlock – Netflix

Big Books

Les Miserables (my favorite BIG classic) by Victor Hugo

-2019 Masterpiece edition on PBS

-Poldark (2015) – streaming via PBS on demand

Chelsey: not inclined towards long books in general, especially not huge classics. But: favorite comfort series that IS really chunky:

-Outlander – Netflix and Starz

Escapist Reads

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

-traveling to another world

In the same vein: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A Discovery of Witches (free 7 day trial of Sundance)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Tita)


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

-farcical comedy

Vanity Fair by William Thackery (must get the original illustrations)

Books that Make You Think

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

-speaking clear truths with a distinct voice

If Beale Street Could Talk – streaming on Hulu

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

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