Monday, May 12, 2014

Go-To Books

I don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes I can look through a ton of books in my TBR pile and not find anything I want to read right then.  In those cases, my eyes always drift toward the titles I've already read.  I mean, I know I liked those, so perhaps...

Yesterday, I knew exactly what I felt like re-reading - Terry Brooks' Elfstones of Shannara.  But it wasn't to be found anywhere.  It must've ended up in the 'books to give away' rather than the 'books to move' by mistake.  Ack.  So I did what I had to... I ordered it for my Kindle.  (I'll get a new old paperback of it eventually.)

You see, Elfstones is one of my go-to books.  I've read it dozens of times since I first picked it up in the early eighties.  I know exactly what's going to happen and who it's going to happen to, but it still grips me every time.  And yes, last night, I found myself getting choked up early on - not because of what happened at that point in the story, but because I knew that happened right then was going to lead to X and then Y - at which point I really will be crying. 

Another one of my go-to books is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.  (I still have a copy of that, but I wasn't feelin' it yesterday.)  Both this one and the last one are beloved books from my youth, and I find myself gravitating back toward them time and again.

Now, rather than a paragraph for each - because how long that post would be boggles the mind - here's a list:

I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Watership Down
Atlas Shrugged
StarDoc by S.L. Viehl
Harry Potter 1-7
The Last of the Mohicans
The Mummy (or Ramses the Damned) by Anne Rice
The Stand
Jane Eyre
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

Of the above, I'm missing the 7th Harry Potter and my copy of The Stand seems to be gone.  Here's hoping I can rectify that before the urge to read them again overwhelms me and I have to one-click them. 

What are some of your go-to books when you feel like re-reading?


jblynn said...

An interesting list!

I'm not much of a re-reader.

But I do tend to re-read childhood favorites (I wonder what that says about me) like Where the Wild Things Are, Horse of Two Colors and
To Kill A Mockingbird

B.E. Sanderson said...

Oh, I should re-read To Kill a Mockingbird this year. I love that book.

Janet said...

Great list - love And Then There Were None by Christie!

That said, I don't usually re-read anything. If I have a 'go-to', it'll be an author I know will deliver exactly what I'm looking for!

Sorry, you lost some of your books, B.E. - isn't moving fun??!!

Silver James said...

JD Robb is my chicken soup author. I can't count the number of times I've reread NAKED IN DEATH. Mary Stewart's THE MOONSPINNERS. Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. And a new fav, Darynda Jones's Charlie Davidson series.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I really need to re-read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd this year, too, Janet. Love me some Christie. Moving isn't so bad. I think my problem was I had a couple thousand books and by the end, sorting turned into chucking.

I've still only read the one JD Robb, Silver. And I definitely need to find time to read Stewart and of course, I have McCaffrey on my 'never read but need to list'. And NOW I have to put Darynda Jones on there... like I needed another series to get addicted to. ;o)

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