The past weekend was my first in what feels like ages without any extracurricular activities (read familial responsibilities). Just the thought of not having to sort and/or fix anything was blissful - I felt like I had all the time in the world! (Famous last words.) Unfortunately, the stress of previous weeks and the lack of sleep caught up with me this weekend. (A similar thing used to happen during exams. I could run on adrenaline for weeks...but crash straight afterwards.) Anyway, crashing coupled with me not feeling too good (sometimes I really don't like being female), led me to hibernating (translation 'existing'). To keep me sane I immersed myself in a book - Tigers & Devils (Sean Kennedy) to be precise!
And it was SO gooooood! I've always read the various comfort read posts, nodded, and, when prompted, proceeded to list books that I like. But, I don't think I ever really understood what a comfort read was. It's a book that makes you feel...warm and fuzzy...like when you're lying in bed listening to the rain, or curled up in front of the fire in your favourite PJs, or eating your favourite food...or standing in the sun after so long in the shade. (Apologies, I've become rather overenthusiastic :) But that's what comfort reads are, yes? And, Tigers & Devils is definitely a comfort read. In oh so many ways. I was actually laughing while reading it. Yes, me - who has no sense of humour - laughing while I read a book! I couldn't have picked a better book to read this past weekend if I had tried. I adored it! I loved the warmth that oozed out of this book. I loved the main protagonist's (Simon) self-deprecating humour, the myriad and three-dimensional secondary characters and all the cultural references (most of which I got - it helps living on the other side of the Ditch [Tasman Sea])...and I loved how Simon developed as a character...how he grew and learnt to express rather than hide his emotions. Because that's so important.
The downside to finishing such an emotive book is that it's finished :( And now I feel flat. Really flat. Nothing else seems all that appealing. I re-read Simon & Declan's first meeting over lunch, but part of me just wants to re-read the entire book so I feel that emotional connection between all the characters all over again. (And I'm not just referring to the connection between the two main protagonists, but the bonds of friendship that are so apparent throughout this book.) *SIGH* I so wish the author (Sean Kennedy) was writing a sequel, but...(yes I typed in 'Tigers & Devils' and 'sequel' into Google) according to an interview at Reviews By Jesswave:
Never say never, but I’m not really sure if there could be a sequel, or at least, what the storyline could be. I love the characters – all of them, hell I would even be happy to see Jasper Brunswick pop up again to see if he could make Simon’s head explode – and although I know in my head what happened to them into the future, I just don’t know if it would work. Sometimes it’s better not to attempt it, in case you destroy the first one. Unless you plan it as a series from the get-go (which is a nice segue into your next question, yeah?).Personally *sly grin* I think Declan's ex-boyfriend is a good candidate...
So, what is your favourite comfort read and, if this isn't too personal a question, how does it make you feel?