Mostly friend, partly house-guest, Avery flung himself happily into an armchair with a tumbler of whiskey and made love with a thick red-bound volume whose import Raymond could not recall from amid the myriad of books lining the shelves.Rachel asked what sort of books were our "cosy" favourites - the books you read when you aren't researching anything, or trying particularly to expand your horizons, but just to have a bit of literary dessert, as it were. I confess it was actually very hard to put together a list of "cosy" books for myself. I don't seem to read many of those. I almost put Watership Down on this list, if that is any indication... One other caveat: the older I get, the fewer books I re-read. Ain't nobody got time fo' that.
I don't know how many times I have read this book. I do recall curling up in my family's Lazy-Boy and reading it aloud to my cat, because she wanted to sit on my lap and I wanted to read the book to someone. It's still a delectable favourite, with a pungent taste of medieval atmosphere for which I am unfathomably grateful. And, you know, it's C.S. Lewis.
Er, this is a cosy book? I don't know. But it's one I really enjoy and one that I read every once and again just for fun.
Again, I'm not sure why this is on a cosy list, but here it is. A-a-and it's also C.S. Lewis.
"And to be surprised that the woman who brought me up should actually be lady-like!" Here is to my favourite of the Aquila stories: an old friend, and very familiar.
Chesterton! Chesterton and poetry! ("Sugar, dates, and pistachios!") This is a marvelous book and while I haven't actually read it through again, I do take it down sometimes to drink in the delicious lines.
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read, and it stands the test of time and age. Danger! prophecy! swords and armour! common-sense! virtues! hilarity! It has everything.
I didn't like any of the covers, so you get a fan poster instead. Howl's Moving Castle! Melodrama, tongue-in-cheek hilarity, magic, high tempers - it is the back face of a coin whose other side is The Gammage Cup.
And in a crescendo conclusion, The Grand Sophy - sparkling indeed with wit, more high tempers, good sense, wonderful characters, romping and rampaging and reigning on the page. What more do you want, I ask!
What are your favourite cosy books?