This week's Booking Through Thursday meme is a good (bad?) one:
Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.
What do you read?
Oh dear. Well, a confluence of events rather similar to this happened to me in March 2006 - we had to put my dear cat Vlad down, and then a week later my mom died unexpectedly. During that time, I didn't read much of anything, to be honest. I might have scanned the news here and there, but I was pretty raw and pretty full up with emotion, and couldn't really focus on any drama but my own.
However, after a few weeks passed I was able to read again and the first thing I picked up was the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I only came to the books when the first movie came out (I know, I know - I was all about the "classics" growing up) but once I read them for the first time, they became my security blanket. I can drop into any part of the trilogy and be engrossed, and feel that great sense of aspiring to something bigger and better than yourself. After having read the trilogy so many times now, it's comforting and familiar.