I did a little cleaning the other day in preparation for a new television I'm getting in my office. This required my moving a bunch of books from the armoir/entertainment center into another spot. Like many of you, I have books stashed EVERYWHERE. I have them in bookcases, closets, you name it. They are everywhere! After a remodel several years ago, I bagged up two huge trash bags full of books and sent them off to a charity organization for distribution but as I went through them I found there were many I just couldn't part with. Some were yellowed with age. Others I had several copies of.
It was tough deciding which to get rid of and which to keep. A conundrum. I have favorites that I read when I need a good laugh and some that are dark and a little spooky for when I want to shiver a bit. Different styles of books to fit my mood. The thing is, there are a handful of books that I re-read on a regular basis. Some I've read so often that if I find it has been re-released, I re-buy. So today I'm listing books in my personal library that I read over and over.
Historical: Julie Garwood (all of them). I particulary love Saving Grace, my favorite. I had this one in paperback and loved it so much I've bought it twice in hardback. For The Roses (I've also bought this one twice in hardback). Remind me to be careful who I loan my books to! I have the entire Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) collection of Regencies and Victorians and I re-read them on a regular basis. The Flame and the Flower by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss. This one is yellow with age as is her The Wolf and the Dove, another favorite re-read.
Funny/Sweet Stuff: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have all of them although Nobody's Baby But Mine is a personal favorite and I re-read it a couple of times a year. All Sandra Hill (funniest stuff ever) I have the entire Cajun collection plus all of her Vikings. Wow. I laugh until I cry. Rachel Gibson's Simply Irresistable.
Paranormal: I continually re-read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Night Play (Vane and Bride's story) along with Dream Man by Linda Howard. I can't tell you how many times I've re-bought Dream Man, it's just that good. Elizabeth Lowell's Enchanted series was awesome but Untamed (the first book) is a re-read for me.
Contemporary: Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz is a re-read. I love this book and have it setting near my bed so it is always handy.
I'm pretty sure I'm missing some of my re-reads here because the list is long. What are some of your favorite books to re-read? A book you would grab if your house was burning down?