Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Re-Read

People--who don't read--think I'm crazy for having such a huge amount of books. It's not a collection, I tell them. Because it's not. My library does not just gather dust. I've read every book I own on those shelves more than once. More than twice. There are some I revisit more than others, like old friends, years after their release. I remember plots and characters, but going back is opening up those pages of joy all over again. The memory is there but fuzzy, so refreshing it gives me that happy buzz.

Some reads I need when I'm feeling blue, others when I need to just laugh, and others when I'd like something to steam up my windows. Series books make great re-reads because I can see familiar characters and lead-ins to their romances, one at a time. I don't have to wait months or years to know how the next hero saves the day. Not when I already own the book.

You'd think the advent of the Kindle or Nook would have changed my library and reading standards. But no. To me, a good story is a good story, no matter its medium. So I'm good reading on an electronic device or holding actual pages in my hand. I admit I like to keep a series in the same family type as I bought the first book, all ebooks, all mass market, hard back or trade, not some of each. But I'll also take what I can get. In this day and age, price matters, sad to say.

Right now I'm lamenting the fact that most of my library is back on the East Coast, alone and lonely, with no one to turn their pages. I won't be reunited with my books until next summer, when I go back to drag them out West. But hey, they're still there. And being so far apart from them guarantees me "fresh" reads when I set up my new library out here.

Some of my favorite rereads...
Shelly Laurenston's Pride series and dragon books
Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane series and futuristics
Jose Litton's books, (wish the heck she'd write more)
Anything by Sabrina Jeffries
Feehan's Carpathian series
Jill Gregory's Thunder books (set in Wolf River, MT)
David Eddings Belgariad

Happy Reading. :)


Elle said...

I'm the same way with my books and, much like you, my friends don't understand it. I have one in particular (Dean Koontz's "Watchers") that I've been re-reading on a regular basis since my dad gave me my first copy in 1988.

Man do I love my books. *happy sigh*

Marie Harte said...

I love Dean Koontz too, Elle. Watchers is the one with the dog Einstein, right? I loved that book. Read it quite a few times myself. :) Then again, if I'm wrong, I still know I've read Watchers, along with most of the stuff he's written, before the Odd books came out. I just don't have my copy handy.

Elle said...

Yep, that's the one. :)

That's just the oldest book that I re-read; in more recent years, I've added quite a few to the list... Z.A. Maxfield's and J.L. Langley's books just to name a few.

For me, re-reads are usually character driven because it's like visiting old friends or family members that I actually LIKE. Or the book itself reminds me of a specific time in my life that I want to try to recapture.