On one of my online groups, some of the members were talking about their comfort reads – books they loved and read again and again. The book titles weren’t given, just the authors. Georgette Heyer was probably the most mentioned. Other names were Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, Elizabeth Cadell. I was a bit surprised, because these authors are all…well, dead. But the funny thing is that they are among my favorite authors, too.
I have so many unread books on my Kindle, and with writing my own books and leading my life, I don’t have much time to reread. On the rare occasions when I do, it’s mostly two authors: Jayne Ann Krentz (her Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick books, too) and Mary Balogh. They are my comfort reads, though I have read Michelle Diener’s books more than once.
I used to be a huge rereader, but one thing that ebooks and indie publishing has brought is many books – and many of them good or great ones. I love it that indie publishing has enabled so many authors to publish these books. Not just authors who’ve never been published before, but also traditionally published authors who have written books that publishers deem not marketable. So the authors are publishing these books themselves and finding readers who love them.
For a long time, western romances were dead, yet indie authors are becoming bestselling authors with their western romances. The same thing goes for other categories. (Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime series is a great example of books hard to fit in a slot. I’ve reread the first book, Karma Girl, several times. She has all them in a bundle now, too, so you can get them for a bargain price!)
I also like shorter length books and novellas that I’ve been finding in ebooks. They fit my time-to-read schedule. So though I still have the urge once in a while to read an older Loretta Chase book or (going further back in time) a Zenna Henderson book, it’s probably not going to happen for a while.
What about you? What are the books you’ve loved before? Do you reread any of them?