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Shelter In Place - Comforting Classics

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In times of high anxiety and unrest, my default reaction is to turn to books that I’ve read before that are happy, funny, and fluffy - books where I can lose myself in the cheerful narrative and thoroughly ignore the real world.  Luckily, my bookshelves are full of happy endings that I can select from during this time of sheltering in place. Here are some of my favorite books for escaping from the stress of everything that is currently happening.

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141321592
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

The plucky red headed orphan and her adventures are the perfect escape for de-stressing. The beautiful town of Avonlea provides a rustic respite from everyday life, with its warm, loving sense of neighborliness and charming, unique characters. The first Anne of Green Gables book is my favorite, but of course, the whole series is excellent!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064404990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

The entire Chronicles of Narnia series is incredible, but The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will always be the standout. This beautifully written story has been the gateway book for many a fantasy fan, with worlds of magic lions, ice queens, and epic battles between good vs. evil. A charming cast of fantastical characters mix with strong, well rounded, well written main characters. 

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060736262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

While this may not be the happiest, fluffiest read on the list, Francie’s adventures of growing up as a poor girl in Brooklyn are so incredibly relatable and easy to read; for me, this is the book equivalent of a cozy sweatshirt. Francie is the strong, resilient female heroine I always needed, and her coming of age story is one that will be forever seared into my heart.

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590353403
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 1st, 1998

I grew up with Harry Potter. The first book came out when I was in elementary school, and the last one came out the summer before I left for college, so Harry’s age pretty much matched mine, book to book. I even started a new school around the same time that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out, and though it wasn’t a school of magic, I related strongly to his sense of wonder and feeling slightly out of place before settling in. A classic!

At Home in Mitford: A Novel (A Mitford Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140254488
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 1st, 1996

This is one of those novels that always raises eyebrows when I talk about how much I like it, and more than a few jokes about me liking "grandma stories." It's not highbrow literary fiction, but it's warm, funny, and features some of the most loveable characters I've ever met. Father Tim - the rector of the town - is wanting more from his quiet sleepy small town. He gets it in the form of a crazy large dog, a young boy who needs foster placement, and an attractive woman who moves in next door. Mitford is a lovely place to stop and smell the flowers when you need a break from it all.