Booking It–Old School Back to Blog

I did not forget my Booking It post today–yay!  And right now, I want to chat about keeper books. Those books with the very wrinkled spines and the thumbed pages that I re-read over and over because I know that I’ll always get a fabulous story.  I have so many keeper books that they are overflowing from the shelves.  And this is after I thinned down after our move last year.

I’ve got all kinds of romance sub-genres on my keeper shelves:  historicals, paranormals, contemporaries. I’ve got Linda Howard’s series books (though I recently loaned a few of those to a friend who’d missed out on those early stories; I had to catch her up!), I’ve got Nora Roberts’s series–including those great witches, and I’ve got some real old school Elizabeth Lowell and Jayne Ann Krentz.  At one point, I went on a serious romance scavenger hunt and found all of JAK’s old titles.  Still have ’em.

But what’s on your shelves?  Do you have  one book that stands out above all the others?  I don’t know if I do. I have so many favorites, but I can’t name one book that I love above all the others.

And a quick note…I’m going to post writing-related posts for the rest of the week (except on my Wednesday interview day). If there is a specific topic you’d like me to cover, feel free to post in the comments.

Have a great week!

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10 responses to “Booking It–Old School”

  1. Willa says:

    Well, I have books crammed on the shelves but like you I couldn’t single out just one – they are all keepers for a reason, whether that be because they are a comfort read – JAK – or something hot & sexy – Linda Howards older stuff or just cleverly written – Nora Roberts. I do have romances for every mood I suppose.

    A couple of old favourites would be my Sandra Canfield/Karen Keast books particulary Voices On The Wind and One Lavendar Evening – the latter being an extremely sensual ghost story – my first paranormal you could say! It’s a Silhouette from 1988. 😀

  2. Brandy says:

    We have a lot of the same books in common. *G* I also have most all of JAK’s books, whether written as Amanda Quick or her contemporaries. I have most old Nora Roberts as well, even the series featuring the Irish Witches and the series featuring Triplets. *G* Add Jennifer Crusie, Kay Hooper, Janet Evanovich, Michele Sagara, J.D. Robb, etc to the list. But, yes, there is ONE book that I can reread and reread over and over again, Smart Women by Jennifer Crusie. *G*

  3. Edie says:

    I have the ones you’ve mentioned. I also have Historical Romances by Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase and others. And I have a few Dick Francis mysteries. Jennifer Crusie books.

    Okay, I have to stop, otherwise my reply will be longer than your blog.

  4. Cheryl McInnis says:

    I have all of Johanna Lindsey’s backlist. I have been reading her since I was a teenager and even though my taste in romance has changed, I still go back and read my favorites like Warrior’s Woman and Tender Is The Storm when I need a comfort read *sigh*

  5. janet h says:

    I have a lot of books that are keepers, all types. I re-read those favorites often. Just depends on the mood I’m in at the time.

  6. LindaC says:

    Mimosa Grove by Dinah McCall(aka Sharon Sala), French Silk by Sandra Brown, because I love the atmosphere in these two books. I used to have all of Karen Templeton’s Men of Mayes County series, before Katrina, because I love her voice. When I grow up, I wanna write like her.


  7. Jody W. says:

    My favorite all-time book may be Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton. I often buy extra copies to give to people who look like they need a bright spot.

  8. Cynthia Eden says:

    Okay, Willa, now you’re gonna make me go hunting again! I could so go for a good ghost story right now!

    Hi, Brandy! I’ve never read Smart Women–but I’ve heard great things about it. Hmmm…I think I’m missing out!

    LOL, Edie, your comment can be as long as you want!

    Cheryl, me, too! I used to be a rabid Lindsey fan. There was one book…it had Fabio on the cover (didn’t all of hers?). Anyway, it was a sci/fi and the heroine had to go to this planet to get these warriors to help defend her world. I can’t remember the name right now, but it was great. Her ship talked to her all the time and at first, I think the hero thought she was crazy. :-) Wait! I’m an idiot–I think you just named the title–Warrior’s Woman!

    Janet, it depends on my mood, too. Sometimes, I want something to make me laugh–and I’ll turn to Jill Barnett. Sometimes, I want dark and gritty–then I go to Anne Stuart.

    Hi, Linda! How are you? LOL–when you grow up, huh? I don’t know that I’ve read the Men of Mayes County series (unless I’m having a mind blank). I’ll have to go and google them!

    Jody, I have never read that one. Now you know I’m gonna have to snoop and find a synopsis of that one. You’ve got me curious!

    Thanks for the comments!

  9. Karin says:

    Oh goodness, my keepers are a bit schizophrenic because I have a little bit of everything – except for horror. At one point, I had almost all of Nora Roberts’ books but ended up donating most of them when I had to clean out my bookshelves. I feel a little silly now since I’ve ended up re-buying a number of those I donated, but at least I know other people are enjoying them as well.

    As for one that stands out, I’m not sure there is one. A lot of re-reading for me will depend on what kind of mood I’m in and how much time I have – so there are a lot of books I’ll just pick up and read again when the mood strikes.

  10. Linda C — just happened to stumble across this. If you contact me at kartempber @, I just might be able to replace those books for you. 😉