Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.
Any- and everything that -- with or without a mug of hot tea and some chocolate or other snacks -- makes me feel all warm and comfortable (while still engaging my brain cells, at least on occasion):
* Golden Age mysteries, particularly my favorites by Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ngaio Marsh (as well as, more recently, Patricia Wentworth, Josephine Tey, John Dickson Carr -- and on the other side of the Pond, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series).
* P.D. James's Inspector Dalgliesh and Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series.
* Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael series, C.J. Sansom's Shardlake books, and other historical fiction favorites.
* Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
* J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
* Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
* Jane Austen's novels, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford and North and South, E.M. Forster's Howards End, and Barbara Pym's Excellent Women.
* Even some grittier stuff, as long as it mentally takes me to a place that -- literarily or in real life -- I consider "home" (looking at you, Inspector Rebus and Harry Bosch).
* And this time of the year, of course, most of the books on my Christmas Reading list!