One of the best things about reading is that no matter how screwed up your life gets there is almost always a book guaranteed to help you forget real life, even if it's only for a few minutes here and there. I think everyone has their own way of coping with unexpected changes that life throws at us, but if you're reading this, then you've probably reached for a book when you've needed comfort, or a break or just something to help you forget your own troubles.
As a a writer, I'm lucky enough to also have the luxury of losing myself in my writing, but sometimes even that isn't possible. I've been offline for almost a month, trying hard to write my way through some of my own life changes and have been coming up against a brick wall. Thankfully with a few clicks, I can have a book at my fingertips via my much-loved iPod Touch.
Things have since improved on the writing front (finally) but I would have been lost without some great stories to escape into over the last few weeks. Books like Patricia Brigg's Silver Born and Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever. The latter in particular is a book I waited a really, really long time for and I loved every Barron-filled page. That man definitely makes the short list for my favorite/most memorable heroes.
I also devoured the last book in Tara Janzen's Steel Street series. I was beyond excited when I knew that lost JT wasn't quite so lost and would close out the series. My only complaint was that I wish there had been more JT/Jane scenes with so many other characters getting more screen time than the other books in the series. Can't complain too much though when it meant getting to check in with Quinn, Hawkins, Creed, Zach and Kid (missed C. Smith Rydell though). Those Steel Street guys are all on my short list too. :)
So what book or comfort reads have you turned to when your life has taken an unexpected twist?