1. Rachel says...

    I’m a solid mix of fantasy, thrillers, and HEA–so basically, escapism is my MO right now. And thank you for the term “moody, fancy fiction”–this is such a perfect description for the type of book I feel like I’m “supposed” to read as a former English major, and guiltily just don’t enjoy much anymore.

  2. Rosie says...

    Listicle Queen most definitely. I’m feeling her.

  3. Colleen says...

    I’m “read historical non-fiction because so many people throughout history have done hard things and so can we.” Recently read “The Worst Hard Time” about life in the Dustbowl which was so desperate and bleak. I hd no idea Americans lived with dust storms of that magnitude (millions of tons of dust would be dumped from big storms, sweeping dust from Oklahoma and Texas out to ships 300 miles off the east coast in the Atlantic ocean! People couldn’t leave their homes and would die, sealed inside, from dust pneumonia. This went on for years during and even after the Great Depression since many of them couldn’t afford to resettle anywhere. Currently reading “The Splendid and the Vile,” by Erik Larson about 1940-41 in England as the country was under constant attack by Germany, waiting on the US to get involved in the war. Also (for fans of Rebecca Mekkai’s The Great Believers), “How to Survive a Plague,” and “And the Band Played On,” are both excellent chronicles of the early years of the AIDS crisis. These books are not just a good reminder of how fortunate many of us are to be able to wait this out at home, but also about courage, compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. And a big thank you to Grace!

    • Cait says...

      Wow, you have fortitude! I recommend The Volunteer for your next book (Polish soldier who voluntarily went to Auschwitz to organize a resistance). I was reading it earlier this year but had to put it on pause because I am a firm HEA-only reader during a crisis!

  4. Rachel says...

    Yes to “Unorthodox” – it’s fascinating and addictive!

  5. Kirsten says...

    What about the “all of my library e-book holds are coming up and I haven’t had time to read a single one because I’m working and parenting at the same time” reading style?

    • Kim says...

      I’ve got the solution for you: download them all….then put your iPad/Kindle on airplane mode. They won’t be returned until you’re done reading them and connect to wifi again!

  6. Sam H. says...

    Wow. I love this.

    I am 100% moody, fancy fiction. I just finished Writers & Lovers by Lily King and would 10/10 recommend.

    CoJ readers – any recs that fall into this category?!

  7. C. says...

    I’ve escaped into a re-read of Anne of Green Gables.

  8. Hilary says...

    This is the opposite of reading and I’m reeeeally late to this game, but is anyone else a fan of the show “Jane The Virgin”?! It’s THE perfect pandemic viewing: adorable dresses, a protagonist you can really root for, beautiful writing about family, yet improbably wacky plot lines. Hostages! Fake identities! Hotel shenanigans of every kind! It’s like Arrested Development meets a telenovela and it’s the zaniest, sweetest, most perfect show for right now.

    I’m not kidding when I say that Jane + my heated blanket = my actual anxiety management strategy.

    And in the words of my 3-year old, “That’s all I wanna say about that.”

    • Claire says...

      Yes, love that show.

    • laura says...

      I almost wish I’d never seen the show before, so I could watch it for the first time during these times! Jane the Virgin was great medicine for when I was feeing out of sorts.

    • Alexandra says...

      YES! I found Jane the Virgin when I was going through a deep depression and it was such a helpful escape. Enjoy, Hilary!

  9. Hali says...

    So much love for you, Dr. Grace Farris! Incredible artist and woman!!

    Also, Joanna, the ads are hilarious. I don’t think I’ll miss Allegra, State Farm, and Constant Contact everyday with my afternoon coffee when the pandemic passes, but what a sign of the times! Corporate, off-brand, a little sad, but not a big deal by any stretch of the imagination. I chuckle when I think about TEMPTATIONS cat treats jumping around the bottom of the page. It’s like a weird other dimension. It’s funny, guys. It’s actually funny.

    Sending you guys all so much peace and happiness heading into another homebound weekend!!

  10. Lynn says...

    Children’s books over and over and over and over and over again (repeat).

  11. Shefix8s says...

    Haha I wish I had time for reading something besides kids books! Absolutely exhausted with my 5 and 7 year old at home.

  12. laura says...

    ooh what are some examples of moody fancy fictions?! i feel like some historical fiction (my fave) can fit in that caegory!

    • S says...

      I’d suggest Unquiet by Linn Ullman, Clearing Out by Helene Uri, and Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje (and his other books might fit the bill too)!

    • Lauren says...

      Jane Eyre!

  13. Andrea says...

    Who has a good book that is funny, along the lines of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    Anyone??

    • DC says...

      Have you read Less by Andrew Sean Greer?

    • ANDREA says...

      I really tried. I abandoned it. It never caught me.

    • Kim says...

      I would recommend Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson, about two kids who catch on fire when upset. Doesn’t sound like it would be humorous, but totally is.

    • Andrea says...

      Thanks, Kim. I read that and a few of his other works. Family Fang is very good.

    • sam says...

      Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!

  14. Maire says...

    All romance all the time. Well… while simultaneously working my way through The Splendid and the Vile which is like pandemic but scarier.

  15. Kara says...

    For fellow fantasy fans, I just finished Sarah J. Maas’s newest book, House of Earth and Blood, the first in her new Crescent City series, and wow it was great! It took a long time to read in the best way….when I find a compelling fantasy world I love spending so much time in it. Then once you’re done you can read all the other series she’s written, which are all excellent, especially if you also like romance.

    • shannon says...

      I love her style…didn’t realize her new book was out! Thank you!! On my library’s ebook hold list!

    • Just finished this today and I cried. Really properly cried. And it was the best kind of cry. She got me! (more in this book than in either of her other series, both of which I absolutely love) I second your recommendation to all fantasy lovers!

    • Nicole says...

      I love Sarah J. Maas and this is the first time someone else has mentioned her in my adult world! Anyone have recommendations for similar authors or books?

  16. Noelle says...

    …none of the above! My top genres are non-fiction and historical fiction – currently buried in a huge book about FDR’s conservation work (surprisingly soothing right now!), a big historical Norwegian epic novel, and a book of essays about the environment and conservation by Terry Tempest Williams.

    I’ve also been trying to get more into poetry, and have been enjoying Jacqueline Suskin’s work.

    • Tara says...

      oooh what’s the title of the Norwegian epic novel? Sounds awesome.

    • El says...

      Ooh, tell me more about the Norwegian epic novel???

  17. S says...

    I’m a long time daily reader and had no idea that Grace Farris was also a medical doctor. I just read her piece in the New York Times, which led me to read about her medical career here: https://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/grace-e-farris
    What a truly incredible person.

  18. AG says...

    HEA all the way! I’m like this even sans pandemic. To much stress in real life that I need happy, often mindless, entertainment to soothe myself. My friends and family love to tease me about it but I know what I like/need!

    • Sam says...

      Team happy endings only!!! (To be fair, this is my motto outside of pandemics too 😊)

  19. Bonnie says...

    What she’s a doctor? She is AMAZING!!

  20. I love thrillers especially with a twist. My favorites recently are Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us an the Silent patient. I interviewed the Good Book Fairy on my blog. She is terrific
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  21. Abbe says...

    I don’t understand how Dr. Farris is fighting on the frontlines AND has time to make such relatable content! I am definitely in the fantasy/HEA categories haha — it’s been nonstop YA fantasy books and cozy romances over here. If anyone is looking for some YA fantasy recs (because I always am!) I just finished Fire in the Mist and Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh and they were excellent. For romance I’ve been re-reading all my Lisa Kleypas books — the Ravenels and the Wallflowers series are my favorites.

  22. Kathryn says...

    HEA only, for sure! I’m in the middle of adjusting my expectations for what was supposed to be a big church wedding to a small, intimate, outdoor celebration. I’m so thankful for my favorite descriptions of small weddings in my favorite books– Betsy (Betsy’s Wedding, Maud Hart Lovelace) gets married a week after getting engaged, in front of her own fireplace. Anne (Anne’s House of Dreams, LM Montgomery) has a beautiful outdoor ceremony with a small group of family and friends, but dreams of a sunrise wedding under the trees. And Laura (These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder) gets married on a weekday, in the pastor’s parlor, with only her best friend present.

    What beautiful stories to remind me of the substance of marriage! Thank you, Happily Ever After, Only!

    • Tenley says...

      Betsy’s Wedding was my FAVORITE in high school. So fun to see it mentioned here! Actually, all of these books. Are we reading soulmates??
      And the biggest of congratulations on your wedding, I hope your intimate celebration is full of meaning and that you feel so loved!

    • Danielle says...

      I loved seeing a reference to the Betsy-Tacy Books! They bring back such good memories (along with Anne and Laura of course). Totally random but did you know that the PBS show This Old House renovated one of the houses the Betsy-Tacy books are based on? I don’ t know if it’s possible to find the old episode but it was really fun to see the neighborhood. Good luck with your wedding planning!

    • Lauren H says...

      I love the Anne of Green Gables books, especially the ones where she is older and navigating college or life with a family.

      I think that your small, intimate outdoor celebration will be beautiful. My husband and I were married by a judge at Philadelphia City Hall on a Thursday afternoon followed by dinner at a local restaurant with 25 of our friends and family and we loved it. If you haven’t already check out Intimate Weddings (www.intimateweddings.com) for some inspiration of how wonderful smaller weddings can be, I highly recommend it. And when all else fails, never forget that at the end of the day, you will be married to your best friend and that it is the marriage that is truly important. A wedding is only one day; a happy marriage will last a lifetime. :)

    • Lauren says...

      The Laura books! I’m always so happy to see or her them mentioned! Laura’s wedding, and Ida pressing the ‘fichu’ into her hand, and the last dinner with Ma and Pa, and saying goodbye… then the end of the book, as they’re sitting together outside the house of their own… I wish everyone knew those books ❤

      I love the Anne books too, and the Emily ones and so on, but the Little House books are my favorite. Well those and Little Women 🙂