Thanks to everyone for commenting! The winner of the D'Angeli Duo is Alexia Evans! Yay and congrats!
I love books. I think that's probably something all of us (me and those of you visiting this site) have in common. We're readers. Some of us are writers too. We all love a good tale well told. Our tastes may vary, but we all have our comfort reads, those books that you would willingly reread again and again.
I'm picky, I'll say. I don't have many rereads. And it may surprise you to know that the ones I do have aren't romance novels. (Though I will reread Susan Elizabeth Phillips all day long!) My favorite rereads are these: J.R.R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS and David Eddings' THE BELGARIAD and THE MALLOREON series. Not what you expected, is it? 😉
I am currently rereading LOTR for the fifth time in my life. It goes without saying that I've seen the movies — I've lost count of how many times, though I saw the first one in the theater four times in two weeks. Yes, FOUR times. Other ladies line up for the Twilight movies. I lined up for LOTR. 🙂 It, along with THE HOBBIT, was the first fantasy series I ever read. So it holds a special place in my heart.
Recently, while trying to go to sleep after a long day of slaving on the current WIP, I had the bright idea to see if I could get LOTR on Kindle. I still have the original box set I got many years ago, but the print is so small. Imagine my delight to get the whole saga (excluding THE HOBBIT, which is a separate though related tale) for $9.99! I am once more immersed in the delightful world of the Shire and the perilous journey toward Mordor.
It's an older style of writing, to be sure, and yet I have no problem getting into it. I think because I first read it when I was young and impressionable; therefore, getting back into it is like slipping back in time. Maybe that's what it is about rereads. They take us back to a certain time in our lives, kind of like songs do. Unfortunately, there's so much new stuff to read that rereading isn't high on my list. But I just couldn't help myself with one of my favorite stories of all time.
Do you reread? What are your favorites? One lucky commenter will get a copy of my D'Angeli Family duo!
I just read on your web site, “Sadly, my D’Angeli Family duo will not be coming to North America in the Presents line.” OUCH!!! I’m in Canada! Even more reason to want to win it today….
As for rereads, I DO have a few books in that pile. The first one I ever set aside to reread was Susan Mallery’s THE SHEIK’S SECRET BRIDE, which I read every couple of years. Love me my sheikh stories…. I can’t really explain why I’ve set it aside, other than it continues to give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. One of the “perks” of having a bad memory during my middle-age years is that I don’t remember all the details in the book, so it is almost like a “new read” to me.
I do reread a few books. “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series is great! Read it once a year at least. There are some different Star Trek books I love rereading, especially “Strangers from the Sky”. I read everything I can get my hands on, but Sci-fi books are some of my favorites
Hi, Cheryl! I’ve only ever read THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE once. It’s been so many years I might need to do it again!
I know, Laney! Isn’t that terrible? It’s not my decision, I assure you. 🙁 I love sheikh books too, btw! Will have to read that one.
😉 I love to read. My favorite memory is grabbing a book, climbing up the tree in the backyard, and sitting there getting lost in my story. I was 8 and books helped me see new worlds (Bobsy Twins in Tulip land), or get involved in a mystery (Nancy Drew.)
Hi, Alexia! I so hear you about being a kid and books taking you away. I loved reading as a kid. I especially loved The Black Stallion books. OMG, my favs! I doubt they’d hold up now since I’m grown, but I read them all more than once as a kid.
Usually I don’t, but I remember re-reading a couple of my favorites after a period when I didn’t read books at all.
I think that’s what it takes sometimes. A lot of time in between so you can almost read it fresh!
Yes, I re-read books ALL the time. I have read hundreds of Harlequin books over the years.. but I have only “kept” about 200, your included. I also love non-harlequin books from Maya Banks, Lauen Dane, Jaci Burton, Shiloh walker.. just a few and I have re-read many of their books as well!
Hi, Melanie! Thank you so much! I’m honored to be on your Keeper shelf. 🙂
I re read lots, especially Sharon Sala and Beverly Barton. You know the book is good when you still cry even though you have read the book several times.
So true, Elaine!
Oh yes. I re read some of my books. Linda Howard’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” & “To Die For”(one of my all time favorites) are two of my re reads. I can have some tbr books on my nightstand but will sometimes pick up an old favorite.
Sometimes an old favorite is just what you need! I have a huge TBR. Didn’t stop me from going for LOTR again. 🙂
I reread the books that held a true and deep emotional meaning for me ,ones that taught me a valueable lesson and also the ones that made me cry ,when I am reading and I cry with the characters I know it is a really good book ! But yes rereading my favourite ones are usally during a time that I might be going through a hard time and I need a pick me up so picking a favourite that I know I enjoyed just gets me back on track.
Thank you for the very lovely contest !
That’s a good reason to reread!
Sometimes i reread my fave book but not as much as you do, fifth time, wow.. sounds you really .. really admired with LOTR. the book that i reread is from lisa kleypas’s book 🙂
Yes, LOTR is a story I admire very much. It’s so different from what I do, but such an intriguing tale.
What a beautiful post, Lynn!
Of course, I love reading…you know it 🙂
About rereading…yes, definitely. Many books.
The first is, without any doubt, WUTHERING HEIGHTS. I have lost the count. It’s my all-times favourite classic and I first read it when I was 14.
It was a strange story to my young and unexperienced imagination but it had a charm that captivated me…still now. Many women say that it’s not a good book because Heathcliff feels a destructive love towards Catherine…but I bet that every woman would like to be loved that way. Me included.
I usually reread Russian authors too and Paullina Simons’s trilogy about Alexander and Tatjana…Love, war, Red Army, Russia, USA, passion, revenge and secrets…all in one. x
WUTHERING HEIGHTS disturbs me, but there’s no denying it’s a very powerful story. Heathcliff is so alpha that he’s self-destructive, but there’s no denying he loves Cathy beyond reason. If only she’d been braver, they would have been together! Or so I always thought. It is definitely compelling — and I have reread it, usually because I had a book group that wanted to read it. 🙂
Definately a re-reader! When I finish a book that I can’t put down, I immediately start to re-read. I’m a fast reader but feel that I miss those little things that make a book great. 🙂 Currently, I’m reading “Lothaire” Immortals After Dark series, book 11.
I love all kinds of romance- historical, fantasy ^^ and of course modern. Paula Quinn and Annie West write great re-reads, although I don’t think that was the intention…. 😉 😉
Hi, Mary! I have never reread as soon as I finished a book, but I can understand why you’d want to! Sometimes you just love the story so much and want to experience it again. 🙂
I love to reread books. There is just something comforting about being able to reconnect with some of my favorite fictional characters. My all-time most read book is probably Little Women. It always delivers emotion. Two of your books are on my reread (several times) list – The Devil’s Heart and The Prince’s Royal Concubine.
Hi, Erin! Thank you so much for having me on your reread list! I agree that reconnection is what it’s all about. 🙂
Drool. Nuff said.
Ha! I think the bad boys of the D’Angeli duo are worth a reread. 😉
My automatic rereads are Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodiwiss, JD Robb and the Bedwyn Family series by Mary Balogh. 🙂
Sounds like some good ones! 🙂
My re-reads are usually classics like the Brontes and Jane Austen. And Charles Dickens.
I do end up rereading classics. Usually because I read them in college and then my book group wants to read them, so they get a reread. Some books were read two or three times in college as different classes required. 🙂
Hi Lynn, great timing I find your blog! I have just re-read Strangers in the Desert. I loved it and forgotten how emotional it was. I’ve just discovered on your website that there’s a second book so I’m heading off to Amazon to buy it for my Kindle. I’m a new fan and just realised how many of your books i’ve seen and read. I look forward to Revalations of the Night Before, it has a BEAUTIFUL cover 🙂
Oh my goodness, thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed STRANGERS! Yes, MARRIAGE BEHIND THE FACADE is a connected book. 🙂 It features Adan’s brother, Malik, and his estranged wife. Adan and Isabella make an appearance. 🙂
I hope you enjoy REVELATIONS BEHIND THE FACADE! I love that cover too. It’s also a connected book. UNNOTICED AND UNTOUCHED is the first book in that duo. 🙂
well i have had the chance to read only one book of yours so far but it’s really very captivating…i like books that makes you creative mind work…making you feel as if you walking the streets the novel characters are….i like historical novels best but the modern novels are great to but i believe it depends on the author style of writing too…i have a shelf in my wardrobe for novels.. i lost a few of them too since some friends that i lend my book never returned.novels build our hopes that there’s always good after bad