Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly event that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is 'Books I Could Re-read Forever', which I have, as usual, adjusted a bit to 'kay's favorite books to read again and again...otherwise known as 'my comfort reads'.
I actually wrote a blog discussion post about this a few years ago here. I'm not going to repeat everything I said in it, but I will start with the same three quotes. After that will come 10 books that I've read again and again.
I also will say that I know that not everyone likes to re-visit books favorites. My top reason is probably to derive comfort when life gives me lemons - which it certainly has from time to time. And I agree with the 3rd quote: reading is indeed my refuge.
"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~~Francois Mauriac~~
When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~~Clifton Fadiman~~
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~~W. Somerset Maugham~~
These 10 (OK, more than 10) books are in no particular order and I almost certainly enjoy and reread other books by the same authors, especially series books.
1. The Secret - Julie Garwood - historical romance - Scottish Highlands - a reluctant midwife and a Scottish laird
2. Die For Love - Elizabeth Peters - mystery set at a romance writers convention - funny - big floppy hats, lots of hearts and valentines - and a body
3. The Crying Child - Barbara Michaels - spooky old house in Maine - what's in the attic?
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the rest of the story - J.K. Rowling - it's Harry Potter - enough said
5. A Murder is Announced - Agatha Christie - Miss Marple - a murder invite in the paper and you can come - Or if your tastes run to Hercule Poirot, Cards on the Table - 4 sleuths and 4 possible murderers
6. Dance Upon the Air, Heaven and Earth, Face the Fire - Nora Roberts - the Three Sisters Island trilogy - romance and witches - what more do you want?
7. The Shop on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber - knitting and female friendship - plus a little romance - also the other books in the Blossom Street series
8. Virgin River - Robyn Carr - a community in the Northern California hills - this whole series is delightful - romance and a great cast of characters
9. Bootlegger's Daughter - Margaret Maron - the whole Judge Deborah Knott mystery series - set in North Carolina and including the very large Knott family - love these on audio
10. A Share in Death - Deborah Crombie - the whole Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery series - the way the relationships develop and all the interesting things you learn about London and other English locations - and the maps!
This has been a fun exercise. I could have listed so many more, but I won't. So, do you reread books? Why or why not? Suggestions for me?