What’s on your keeper shelf?

Hello. My name is Maggie, and I am a re-reader.

I can’t help it.

It’s not for lack of new material. Like most junkies readers, I have a ‘To Be Read’ pile that is constantly replenished. I also have an itchy one-click finger when it comes to loading my Kindle. But every once in a while something reminds me of a book I’ve read, and before I know it I’m completely sidetracked.

Not long ago I came across an old favorite in a bargain bin. Carnal Innocence was the first Nora Roberts single title romance I’d ever read. Guess what? I still love it just as much as I did in 1991. I also scored a couple Judith Krantz classics—Mistral’s Daughter and Princess Daisy. I revisited each one then promptly made room for these battered-but-loved paperbacks on my shelves.

I love reacquainting myself with some of the characters that helped turn me into a romance fan. Just a few of the books on my keeper shelf: Scruples by Judith Krantz, Crossings and Family Album by Danielle Steel, Perfect by Judith McNaught, and Bygones by LaVyrle Spencer.

Most of the books in my bookcase are more than a little tattered. A few of them are downright shameful, but I can’t bear to part with them. Some are decades old, others are brand-spanking new. A few are even paper copies of books I fell in love with in digital format but needed to hold in my hands.

What about you? What are you reading these days? Do you ever reread books? What’s on your keeper shelf?


What’s on your keeper shelf? — 11 Comments

  1. I think I reread almost as often as I read new stories. When I find a book I love that makes me laugh and gets me hot and bothered, among other things, why the heck wouldn’t I want to read that over and over again? In fact, the book I’m reading right this moment, The Rebound Girl, has a really good chance of being reread a few times. 😉

  2. You reminded me of one of my all-time favorite books – Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts. I think it was one of the first of hers that I read, too. I believe it’s time for a re-read!

    Like Evelyn said, if a book really touches you deeply in some way, why wouldn’t you want to read it and experience that magic again?

  3. I have tons of Nora Roberts on my shelves and I have re reread some of those. I think the vast majority of my books back in the day were from the good ole library. I remember going and devouring Danielle Steele and LaVyrle Spencer books.
    Now my shelves aren’t toppling over with books because my Kindle gets the vast majority.

  4. I’m notorious for reading my keepers again and again and again… I want to open up to new authors, but I find it difficult. If they can’t capture me in the first chapter or so, I walk away. And then I usually pick up a Julie Garwood or Hannah Howell book for the bazillionth time.

  5. I just made a folder on my Kindle app for “Rereads” lol. Right now it has Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard, Baby Love by Catherine Anderson and all the Julie Garwood books.

    But that’s just because I haven’t filed all my books yet!

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