At the moment, this includes three books by Mary Stewart and a number of Agatha Christie novels.
They have the suspense and thrill I love, the great characters and locations, and that twist of romance.
I’m also so familiar with them, I can concentrate on what I like about them and why — my attention isn’t on the plot, on what comes next. I already know. So I can revel in the wordplay, the way they build tension and the way they construct character. It’s soothing to my furiously-working imagination, as I plot and internally brainstorm my own work, to read these books. Like comfort food. Just what I need.
But I know non-writers also love to re-read old favorites, too. I’d count Dick Francis’s early works in my list of personal classics, as well as Jayne Anne Krentz, along with Mary Stewart and Agatha Christie.
What are your personal classics?