Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Keep Shelf

My mom is a repeat reader.  She has had the same books on her shelf for years, and she reads them over and over.  That's just the sort of reader that she is, and that's great.  But it would make me crazy.  I rarely repeat-read.  It has to be really special to me to get to "The Keep Shelf."  I mean, I've already read it... I know what happens... So you have to have created something that touches me in a unique way for me to want to read your book again.

But there are a few that make it there and I DO re-read them from time to time...

  • Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  I have loved this book/series forever.  I first read it when I was in middle school and I have re-read many times since then.  It just makes me LAUGH.  Every time.  I remember times that Joel and I have been on roadtrips and I've been reading it.  I'd suddenly bust out laughing at something and he'd want to know what was so funny.  But it was hard to explain when the "something" that made it so funny was written 20 pages earlier.
  • Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.  This is a fantasy series which I've loved... but funnily enough, I've never finished it.  The books are gigantic, huge sweeping story arcs, nicely written.  But I got about halfway through Book 7 (after reading roughly 10,000 pages of the series) and got burnt out...  I desperately want to go back and finish the series, only it's been so long that I really think I'm going to have to start over at Book 1 so I remember what everything is!
  • Yann Martel's Life of Pi. I read this one for a bookclub several years ago, and there was just something about that I REALLY loved.  It was interesting and suspenseful and made me really not want to spend much time with any hungry tigers in the foreseeable future.
  • LM Montgomery's Anne/Emily books.  I love both of these series, and I think that, based on popularity, I'm suppose to love Anne more.  But I've always had a very tender spot in my heart for Emily.  She's a more somber, sad character than Anne could ever be, but there's a certain tenderness and vulnerability in her that has always called to me.
  • Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series. I find this one to be HUGELY intriguing to read.  The research that goes into these books is extensive.  Save for the fact that, after the first book, the characters are having sex every other minute, they're really good.  I don't really have much against characters getting it on, but for goodness sake... prostitutes get less action than Ayla does.  But if you've ever had the slightest interest in the life of the caveman (cause really, who DOESN'T stay up all night wondering about that??), I definitely recommend it!
  • Narnia and LOTR--  I'm starting to get bored here, so I'm just going to let this one be self-explanatory.  Beautiful stories, characters I love, sweeping epics.  Nothing to not like here.  I might marry Pippin when I grow up.
  • Oh, the Dark Tower!  I have bought more copies of this series than any other ever because I keep giving them away to people.  "Please love the books I love!!!"  You should love this series.  If you do not love this series, you should have your license to read taken away from you.

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