Monday, September 21, 2009

Keeper Books -- Do You Have Them?


I was cleaning out my bookshelves and that’s not easy at all since I have so many keeper books. Many written and signed by friends and others that I’m loathe to give up.

For me, it’s a story I can read over and over again. Some years ago I picked up a romantic suspense, Ring of Fear by Anne McCaffrey. This was entirely different from her fantasy novels and has a hero in there that any reader will lust over. Finding a second copy wasn’t easy, but I finally did. It’s one I still read from time to time. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves romantic suspense.

And there’s a set of time travel novels by June Lund Shiplett Journey to Yesterday and Return to Yesterday. There’s something about the strength of the heroine thrust into the past and how she handles it.

My keepers cover all the genres, some are signed, others aren’t, but they’re all books I can reread and find something new there. Or a book that gives you that feel good read. I know if I want to grab a book at the last minute I can go to my keeper shelf and take one of them with me and not be disappointed.

I hope there are readers out there that have my books on their keeper shelf.

What about you? What’s a keeper book to you? What prompts you to put a book on a special shelf to read over and over again? Name one of those books.

Linda

11 comments:

  1. I have a ton of keeper books. actually I'd say about 3 out of every 5 books I buy become keepers. I always have a feeling that I'll want to read something again at some point, so until I'm 100% certain I'll never read it again, I hold onto things. Which leads to having entire series that I get rid of on occasion (like the Stephanie Plum books) 'cause I stopped reading them, but owned up to volume 13...

    Anything by Linnea Sinclair or Maria V. Snyder or Julia Quinn is pretty much an auto-keeper. Sabrina Jeffries and Liz Maverick can be included as well. A case can be made for Anne McCaffrey, though I've did get rid of her Twins of Pteybee series.

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  2. I have a ton of keeper books also! I love Jayne Castle's futuristic romance series. :) And Leslie Lafoy's historicals! And Joy Nash's paranormals, and Karen Monig's also. And tons of other author's works too. But I have a vast wealth of my fellow Sourcebooks books that are staying on my self also! :)

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  3. Oh! I forgot about Jayne Castle's books--I have all the Harmony books and yeah total keepers! (which reminds me I need to read the newest one)

    I got a great deal of Sourcebooks that are keepers too (and more I want to buy...like the new Amelia Grey due out in a couple weeks...)

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  4. Hi, my name is Renee, and I horde books. :)

    I have a difficult time getting rid of books. I even have Frog and Toad, and The Albatross from when I was a kid. But if I absolutely had too I'd keep Victoria Alexander, Teresa Medeiros, Christina Dodd's historicals, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and like Lexi several Casablanca books.

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  5. I have so many keeper books that I need another bookshelf to add to the five I already have! At least half of those keeper books are re-read on a nearly annual basis. I love discovering new readers, but I also love to pull out a book that I know, without a doubt, will bring me the reading satisfaction I crave.

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  6. that's how I feel Sharon! I definitely have a good solid hundred or so that I know if I turn to I'll be happy no matter what. ::cuddles those books:: Actually I can go as far as to say I can easily sub-divide my books into these categories: 'Makes me happy', 'makes my bloodthirsty', 'makes me sad' and 'makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside'.

    lol Renee I forget what my romance shelf looked like before I began reading Casablanca/Sourcebooks!

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  7. I have keepers; my husband has keepers; my youngest son has keepers; my older sons don't have keepers by I keep anything I think they should have designated as keepers. When we run out of bookshelves (books stacked two high two deep) I stack shoeboxes by the walls.

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  8. Lots and lots and I just took in six months ago or so another person's keeper shelves so she could start a fresh. I have two people's worth of keeper shelves. It's kinda neat, I gained my body weight in old HQN Presents. lol

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  9. I'd say we all have our keepers then!

    I knew one reader whose husband built a room just for her books. I doubt mine would do that. Although he has a huge collection of his own.

    And proof we'll always have reading material.

    Linda

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  10. I think I've moved 30 + times so far and we're contemplating another. My keepers are few and far between, mostly out of print/impossible to come by books. I must admit to having all my Robert Ludlum hardbacks which were gifts. I think I got my first in 3rd grade, I have my collection of F.Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, Louis Nizer, and Jane Austen. I also have an assortment of my favorite Jeffry Archer's, Sydney Sheldon's, Wilbur Smith's, Suzanne Brockman's, one or two Jenny Crusie's and Harold Robbins not because I plan to read them again (well, except for the Austen's and the Nizer's) but because I can't bear to part with them. Having them with me has always meant that wherever I was, I was home. I can fit all of them into 4 or 5 book boxes and no matter where I've moved, they've always come with me.

    My TBR pile is 4 bookshelves strong (double and triple stacked) and growing. I need to take a year or two off so I have time to read...maybe in my next lifetime.

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  11. You know, now that I think on it, all books are keeper books because we NEVER give away books or throw them away!
    Must build that library soon....

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