We ❤️ Comfort Reads! Staff Picks We’re Grateful For (from our November Morning Book Buzz Chat!)

By Jennifer Rubins | November 2 2023 | Morning Book BuzzStaff Picks

It’s sweater weather (at least on the east coast)! Heading into our post-Halloween, November 1st Morning Book Buzz, and our last of 2023, we had coffee, cardigans, candy—and comfort on our minds! With gratitude for all the librarians who join us each month to talk books, Elizabeth, Kate, and Jen share what reads and listens they are thankful for right now. We want to hear from you, too! Is there a comfort read you are revisiting? A new discovery that has brought you joy? Tell us in the comments here.

Elizabeth Nov pick

Elizabeth selected THE BURNOUT
by Sophie Kinsella, read by Bessie Carter

Elizabeth: “I am currently listening to Sophie Kinsella’s The Burnout and it is so fun. I think I fell in love with Sophie Kinsella in the first five pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic. I just love her; she is one of those authors who makes me genuinely laugh out loud and I think laughter is just so wonderful and so comforting and I’m so grateful for it.”

Kate selected GO-TO DINNERS by Ina Garten

Kate: “I think I can pretty much always say that I am grateful for Ina Garten. She is quite simply, THE BEST… Especially coming into this cold holiday season, I am really grateful for her; I am currently in the depths of Go-To Dinners. As a person who is still kind of on their ‘learning to cook’ journey, it is like the gospel of easy cooking. And I’ve been really grateful to be able to read her books and take in her wisdom.”

Jen Nov MBB pick

by Eric Carle

Jen: “Both of my kids were The Very Hungry Caterpillar for their first Halloweens (shout out to a lovely librarian friend who made that costume!). And I cannot get my children to sleep at night without reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But also we have to go through ALL of the Caterpillar books —I’ll just get a pile of them from my kids and there are so many to love but the original, of course, brings us so much joy. And also the audiobook, which is so genius, it’s got two versions, one read by Kevin R. Free who’s phenomenal and my kids love his voice and he reads all of the Hungry Caterpillar audiobooks; and then there’s also the version read by Eric Carle himself which is amazing and also makes bedtime a little easier when you can listen to it twice through. So I just have so much gratitude for Eric Carle’s beautiful art and stories.”

Watch the full episode and view our recap here.

Learn more about our comfort picks here:

The Burnout
A Novel

Read by Bessie Carter

Sparks fly in this delightful novel about two burned out professionals who meet at a ramshackle resort on the British seaside—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher.

Go-To Dinners
A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
America’s favorite home cook presents delicious, crowd-pleasing, go-to recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums–and still he was hungry. When full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Plus, on audio, whether you listen to Kevin R. Free or read-along with Eric Carle, these productions are a fantastic way to encounter Carle’s famous, very hungry caterpillar.

Age 2-5 years