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My Comfort Shelf

L. K. Wilke
The list author says: "The second shelf of my bookcase above my bed is devoted to those books I find myself reaching for in times of heartache, loneliness, exasperating colds, and boredom. Maybe, as a college student, I should be embarressed by the reading level of a couple of these but they're all so wonderful and continue to enthrall me now as they did ten years ago."
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
"My theory is that if everyone in the world read C.S. Lewis once a year, the human race would be a lot nicer..."
The Secret Garden (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
The Secret Garden (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
"What can be said? This is the absolute best book to read aloud to little kids. It makes you happy everytime!"
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1: Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1: Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant
"SO many people have read J.K. Rowling and SO many haven't read Diana Wynne Jones! It's so unfair. Her "Chrestomanci" books are unbelievably sweet, funny, and sooo creative."
His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf)
His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf)
"If you despise fantasy, I don't care. Read this books. They're so beautifully written, I promise you will forget the genre."
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
"For some reason, there are two copies of this on my shelf. That's okay though because Atticus Finch is my favorite character of all time."
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
"I don't know, I think it's a girl thing. Heathcliff!"
The Code of the Woosters
The Code of the Woosters
"Anyone who hasn't experienced the hilarity of P.G. Wodehouse, click on the little link now. You will not be sorry."
Emma (Bantam Classics)
Emma (Bantam Classics)
"There's no one who will take your mind off your troubles like Jane Austen."
Winkie
Winkie
"This is just a great book. It's really indescribable if you've never heard of it but I can confidently recommend it. I also love the fact that it's between Jane Austen and Truman Capote on my shelf so that order must carry over to my list."
Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories
Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories
"I'm not sure if the story itself should be considered comforting but, for me, Truman Capote's writing definitely soothes."
Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
"Amazing, lovely book."
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
"My favorite author of all time. My favorite novella of all time. It's a read-in-one-sitting kind of book."
Theophilus North: A Novel
Theophilus North: A Novel
"Because Thornton Wilder is my favorite author, I have to have 2 of his books on my shelf. Supposedly, a man wrote a letter to Wilder thanking him and saying this book actually stopped him from committing suicide."
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"...and if everyone read Douglas Adams once a year, the human race would be a lot funnier."