I read a lot. I inhale new books, and always need to have a significant stack of novels nearby--because the thought of not having anything to read horrifies me. It's one of the reasons I can't even get on an airplane without at least eight books. What if we're delayed? What if we're diverted and have to spend the night in Denver? What if I finish what I'm reading and the next two, and have a five hour flight to get through? What then?!?!? Which equals eight books.
But as much as I love reading new books, there's nothing quite as sweet as the comfort re-read. The known quantity that I can sink into like a hug.
I just recently finished reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, which was so good I wanted to sit with it for a while. I didn't want to jump into a new book that might not be able to stand up to all that vampire-y goodness. So I decided it was time for re-reading.
Which leads to Linda Howard. All roads lead to Linda Howard, in my opinion, and to these two books, back to back, at least once a year.
First I read Open Season. The story of Daisy Minor, small-town librarian who's fed up with her spinsterhood and decides to undergo a radical makeover--which brings her to the attention of the incredibly hot Sheriff Russo--as well as a killer--never fails to make me swoon, happily.
Then I read Mr. Perfect. The sizzling hot romance between Jaine Bright and her sexy cop neighbor Sam Donovan is delicious--and funny, as smartass Jaine finally meets a man she doesn't have to lessen herself for. The murder mystery heightens what's already a fantastic love story.
Sigh... These books make me so happy. Every time I read them!
What are your favorite comfort reads? Which books can you read over and over and over again?