Jane Yolen -- WInter Comforts
When I am sad or fragile, reading is a great comfort, but I dare not read something guaranteed to make me cry. I then read a book that is the equivalent of a handful of chocolate: a well-done psychological mystery by Ruth Rendell, a magical story by Alice Hoffman, a slam-bam historical Lt. Sharpe novel by Bernard Cornwell, the latest McKillip or McKinley or Philip Pullman or Shannon Hale fantasy.
Come to think of it I read those when I am feeling happy and whole, too!
But I am also reading a bucketload of Jane Yolen every day because I am writing every day. And that brings me a lot of different emotions: frustration, elation, concentration, expiation, anticipation, deflation. In fact I am a Nation of nations as I write.