I like, much to my mother's amazed wonder, to re-read my books and do so frequently. Like old friends, I find comfort in their familiarity. Even a novel re-read once too many times that may lose my interest, I hesitate over getting rid of it as a year or two down the road, I find myself often wishing I had kept that book.
Often I will turn down the uncertainty of a new book for the familiar sense of an old one. After all, I know how that one turns out (as far as I can recall) and as I tend not to keep overly sad or depressing tales on my shelf, I am fairly certain I am safe. Not so with that unknown new book.
So, what have I been reading these last several weeks:
- The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Two Towers
- The Return of the King
- The Hartfield Inheritance
- My Side of the Mountain
- Mariana (one of my favourites)
- Little House on the Prairie
- The Judas Strain
- A Quiet Gentleman
- The Bath Tangle
- The Nonesuch
- The Murder Book
- Lady of Quality
- The Victorian Album
These days I like light and airy chick lit more than anything since it's so easy to pick up and put down. The more intense the book, the harder it is for me to put the book aside and focus on what needs tobe done around the home. (Like listening to O have a hissy fit because his playdoh isn't molding into a shape right. Sigh). I'll be glad when this three-ness is done with.
Anyways, if you like Regency Romances two names I'd recommend are Georgette Heyer and Marion Chesney.
If you like real high adventure type of series with historical facts threaded through out, then I'd recommend James Rollins (author of the Judas Strain). Think of the National Treasure Type of Movies only with more spies.
Susanna Kearsley is an excellent contempary authoress. In all her stories she manages to entwine the past with the present creating really excellent plots. I only recently managed to get a hold of Mariana again and have read her more recent work, The Winter Sea. I love all of her books.
Okay, I just did a quick search to find the name of one of her books that I'd like to reread if I can ever find it again (Splendour Falls) and came up with a Mariana trailer on youtube. Turns out it's a book trailer. Have you ever heard of this? Why do books need trailers? That just totally set me up hoping that they'd make a movie out of the book and bam... it's simply a trailer. I guess to promote the book. Only now I've got the imagery of the photos of manor houses and gardens now in my mind. Glad I read the book first yikes.
So.... what do you think about book trailers and what are you reading?