Books I like to Re-read

I’m not really a re-reader. I love to read so much and there is so much out there that I want to digest, that it’s very hard for me to justify the time expended in a re-read. Now, that being said, there is a book that I adore from when I was in junior high and I’ve probably read it four times in my life. It’s by Victoria Holt and is called On the Night of the Seventh Moon.  I loved it in junior high as it was dark, gothic and romantic.  AND, it was the first Victoria Holt where the heroine had a sexual relationship with the hero (nothing graphic, just the mere fact that there was sex was enough for me to gasp! LOL). And he was a sort of bad boy hero- my favorite. It didn’t hurt that he was handsome and rode a magnificent steed. A young girl’s fantasy man. 

As a young woman reading the book, I enjoyed the setting and the masterful way that Ms. Holt made me feel like I was actually in the Black Forest with the heroine (I’d been to the Black Forest myself by then). I loved the imagery and the lore that was a part of the story.

As an even older person reading the book, I was appreciative of the history that was woven into the story- this story occurs at the time that Germany was divided into many small principalities.  This book had lots of layers and as a writer, I am in awe of how this woman was able to write gripping stories that appeal to all ages- and that she was able to weave in history and setting so well.  She was an amazing writer.

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15 Responses to Books I like to Re-read

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    I’ll confess. Even with my huge pile of TBR books, I am still a re-reader. When I am in need of inspiration, I pull out, well, just about any of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ books. Or Tolkein, or Johanna Lindsay, or any number of books. That’s why I keep them in my library. They are old friends who remind me why I do what I do. I haven’t read a Victoria Holt in quite a while. Hmmm. I wonder if I have one in my library. I’m off to find out…

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    • :Laurie- I confess I have ALL the V. Holt’s (even the ones under her other pseudonyms), ALL the Dean Koontz, ALL the Martha Grimes, and a few more- I just rarely head back and read one. Very rarely- but if I want to, they are there- Maybe I’m a hoarder and don’t know it. LOL! I hope you find a V. Holt to read.

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  2. danicaavet says:

    I’m a total re-reader…I can’t help it! LOL You’ll see why tomorrow

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  3. Darlene says:

    I love this book. I think I have my copy from high school still. Well worn from many reads. It is a fabulous book. It’s amazing how many new things you can pick up on a re-read. Great post.

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    • I still have my old copy, too. The cover is different than pictured here. I do know you can pick up great stuff on a re-read and I was way more of a re-reader BEFORE law school and all that mass of reading!

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Well, I won’t spoil the Hound’s column on Thursday, but let’s just say that I’m closer to you, Jillian, on this issue … than I am to Danica (even though Danica was practically a neighbor).
    Not that deferring the question will raise all that much suspense … LOL.
    That said, I’ve never read Victoria Holt, though I recall from my years working in Libraries that she was a BIG favorite of the customers (patrons).

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  5. Lavada Dee says:

    Ah, I’m not a re-reader by intent but I don’t how many times I’ve repurchased a book that I’ve read and once started couldn’t put it down. Or picked it up for my daughter that I’ve read and she hasn’t but of course had to re-read it first.

    If I am able to whittle down my TBR pile this might change but not expecting that to happen in this lifetime.

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  6. Daisy Harris says:

    Wow- I really missed out not reading romance between the ages of 23 and 36. I need to go back and read some of the authors I missed!

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