When I’m under the weather or in need of cheering up, I often turn to Friends to make me laugh and for the reassuring comfort of familiarity. But it’s not just TV: books can play a comforting role in our lives, too. We re-read Pride and Prejudice when someone breaks our heart to reassure ourselves that are still good people out there. Or we laugh along with our favourite humorous writers, like Bill Bryson navigating the subtle complexities of British culture. Or we turn to Cheryl Strayed or Gretchen Rubin for inspiration, pep talks, and practical tips on finding happiness. Here are some recommendations from Book Riot contributors for some good comfort reads.