Like most writers, I found my way in the writing business because I am a voracious reader. This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, Christina Alexandra says:
“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a good book and reading it only once.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Do you reread books? Are there certain books you reread at certain times of the year?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
I DEFINITELY reread books, and always have. It’s a different kind of enjoyment when you’re reading something that you know the ending of. Romances are especially easy rereads for me because even on a first read you know the couple will get together—it’s the journey that’s intriguing. But a well-written suspense or mystery is fine, too. You see nuances of the story that you might not have noticed on the first read. And sometimes the characters are just so amazing it’s like visiting with old friends.
I’ve slowly curated my collection of physical books over the years. Now, I only keep (and buy) books I know I’ll be rereading. Some of them are from my childhood. I had to buy new copies of my Lord of the Rings books because I reread them so often the paperbacks were wearing out. And my Anne of Green Gables series is almost as worn – I think I’ve read it more often than LOTR but I took better care of it. Then there’s my Rex Stout and Dick Francis collections, of course.
Ebooks are great for re-reading, since they never wear out LOL! I own all of Courtney Milan’s historical romances as ebooks and have reread them numerous times, along with books by Jennifer Cruise, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Eloisa James. And while I have the Outlander series in physical form, I also bought it in ebook – Jamie and Claire’s story is simply so massive that having them digitally makes it easier to reread.
As for rereading books at a certain time of year, I don’t think I do that. But I do go through stages when I can’t find anything new to enjoy and I fall back on my old favourites as comfort reads. Sometimes the world feels too uncertain to take a chance on anything new, and an old book friend is the best way to go.
Now, on to Christina Alexander, the instigator of this topic, who is next in the blog hop.
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After spending half her life in service, lady's companion Adelaide Shipley longs for a modest life of her own making. But a midnight wager with Win Maddox has her dreaming of more. Losing to the silver-tongued barrister would cost her everything, but winning could lead to her dreams coming true forever.