Over the last few days, there has been a lot of talk online about another plagiarism case involving more Twilight fanfiction being used in a published book, and while I admit that this type of thing is crack to me, it is depressing.  So, what do I do when I get depressed?  I listen to music.

Over on the Smart Bitches, there’s a conversation about comfort reading.  For me, reading is only part of the comfort.  Music gets me all the way there.  There are certain songs that I find uber-comforting.

1. Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf.  This song is so much fun and it can always get a smile out of me no matter what is going on at the time.

2. Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets.  I love this song.  When I was a kid, my mom had a cassette called “The First 25 Years of Rock n Roll” or something like that, and this song was the first one on it.  We used to listen to it on our shorter car rides, like when we were going to my dad’s sisters’ houses out on Long Island (about a 20 minute ride from our house).  Listening to it always bring me back to that time.

3. Born to Run by Springsteen.  I don’t even remember the first time I heard this song, but it is one of the ones that if it comes on I have to listen to it.

4. All You Wanted by Michelle Branch.  This was one of my favorite songs during my sophomore year of high school–I even had 2 copies of the cd it was on (The Spirit Room).  It was the last song I heard on the morning of 9/11 and I guess that it comforts me because it was the last song of before for me.

5. Waterfalls by TLC.  This was the song of 4th grade.  My class would sing along to it at least once a week at the beginning of the school year (straight through February), and every time I hear it I remember the time we sang it for our old 3rd grade teacher, who left the school and came back for a visit.

6.  I Believe by Blessid Union of Souls.  This song came out the summer of 1995 when my mom was in the hospital for 4 months.  Whenever it came on in the car, my dad, my brother, and I would sing along, and there was this one time when it came on the radio as we were about to turn the corner to my Grandmother’s house.  Instead of going straight there, my dad drove around South Ozone Park until the song was over.

7.  Edelweiss from The Sound of Music.  Even knowing that Christopher Plummer wasn’t the one singing this song, it is still one of my favorites and one of my go to songs to sing when I don’t have music playing.

8. Its Time by Imagine Dragons.  This is probably the newest song on this list, but I absolutely adore it.  I think it is the perfect song for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I applaud whoever made the choice to include it.  Plus, it has a vaguely 80’s sound to it.

9. My Girl by The Temptations.  Remember that cassette I mentioned above, well, this is another one of the songs that was on it.  Let’s just say that it was the soundtrack to my early childhood.  If this song was on, my brother wouldn’t even get out of the car.  He had to hear it.

10. Smile by Glee (Charlie Chaplin cover). To be honest, I’d never heard of this song before Glee covered it.  I think it is a beautiful song and it has me wondering if this is the song from the first season that they’ll be bringing back for the Finn Memorial episode.


Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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