This week we’re talking about our favorite books; you know, the ones we’ve read over and over again but still can’t get enough of. *snort* I can’t choose. Seriously, I can’t.
Let me explain (because you know I want to!):
Recently I painted a bigger bedroom in my house so I could move into it. I knew when I moved into this room, I’d have to get another bookcase (which I did, giving me a grand total of 4 cases), but I also knew I’d have to weed out my collection of books. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I read a lot. But what may surprise some people is that I have re-read nearly every book in my collection at least three times. At least.
When I weeded out my collection, which was somewhere around eight hundred paperbacks, it was like trying to choose which of your children you loved more. Did I love this book more than that one? What if the author continues the series? I’ll need to re-read them in order so I can be ready for the next release! These were thoughts that swirled around my head for three days. But finally, I reduced my book collection down to about 650 paperbacks. *sniff*
What does this have to do with my favorite books? Well, there were several (okay, at least 200) books I didn’t even think about getting rid of. J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Angel series? Oh, hells no. Those went on the special bookcase next to my bed (kind of like a showcase…um, bookcase).
Next was Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. I have every book in this series and there was no way I could get rid of them. I must’ve read each book at least a dozen times (one for each new release…or would that be more? I’m not good at math because they don’t talk about it in romance books.). So no, Kresley was going on the shelf right next to J.R. Ward.
Those are my two favorite authors, but those aren’t the only books I’ve read more than six times. Mary Balogh’s Georgian Romances? Oh yes. I love Rothgar *sigh* and have to read about him and his family at least once a year. Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s? I love football, I love SEP and I read those books every year as well. Nalini Singh’s psy/changeling books…Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underword and Alien Huntress books…Lora Leigh’s Breed books, Shelly Laurenston’s Pride and Magnus Pack books, G.A. Aikens’ Dragon series, Alexandra Ivy’s Immortal Gaurdian books, Jo Beverley’s Regency romances, Elizabeth Hoyt’s books (all of them!), um, um…what was I talking about again? Ooh! Julia Quinn’s books (again, all of them!).
Um, I think I was talking about my favorite book. Er…I know I’m missing some. Oh! Loretta Chase, Lorraine Heath, Sophie Jordan, Kaitlyn O’Connor, Julie Garwood, Janet Evanovich, um, um…I know I’m missing some!
Anyway, my favorite book…I don’t have just one (as you can see). I love them all equally. I adore them and sniffle when I try to picture my life without them. I’ll re-read these books many times. Oh, sure, I may remember exact scenes and in some cases, I know the dialogue by heart, but I can’t help it. They’re just that fantastic.
Each one draws me in a different way. It could be a certain character I love, a situation I adore, or even the world itself I can’t get enough of. But each one has something to offer that makes it impossible for me to put them aside once I’ve finished them. That, to me, is the hallmark of a great book. And I have over 600 of them! LOL
Did I give you an idea of some books to try? Do you have a favorite book that you think I’d love to read based on my list?