There is nothing quite like a new book with its fresh pages, disintinctive smell, unblemished spine yet to be opened and a story waiting inside to be released for the first time into your imagination. That said, favourite books which are old and shabby with multiple rereads have a special place in a book lovers heart and they deserve to be celebrated on Book Lovers Day. On days when it is miserable outside, life is hard or the duvet is refusing to let you get up, immersing yourself into a familar world with well known characters is a pleasure and soothes the soul.
Some of my favourites are:
The All Souls series by Deborah Harkness. I have them all on my Kindle, phone and paperback just in case I need to visit Diana, Matthew and Hamish.
The Path Keeper by N J Simmonds – a new one on my list and I am only halfway through it but within the first few chapters, I knew this was a forever book.
The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley – part of another series I love “The Seven Sisters”. It was love at first sight when I saw the hardback cover on the shelf with its gold leaf constellations.
Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson. A read from one of my favourite authors and its title alone means I can justify eating marshmallows at 8am with no guilt.
Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland – another new read for me but the characters, the bookshop and its local settings made me fall in love with it.
Audrey Rose by Frank de Felitta – an in depth read on reincarnation. It is heartbreaking as well as enlightening. I fell in love with the 1970s film of the same name first and was overjoyed when I discovered the book in a secondhand book shop.
Remember me by Sophie Kinsella – a go to read for rainy days when you need to be uplifted. Everytime I plant sunflowers in the spring I remember these characters.
Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine – All her books should be included on my list but this one with Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins beats them all. It quarantees a restless night with the light kept on.
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni – Angels as you have never seen them before, a convent with a secret and a race against the clock adventure what more do you need? It is the first of a trilogy but works well as a standalone which is handy because the third book has yet to be released and many readers wonder whether it will ever be.
Dark Dividing – A story about twins. It is creepy, clever and deserves to be read over again.
Sacred and Profane by Marcelle Bernstein – a story surrounding twins again and the mysterious connection they have. One is in jail while the other hides in a closed convent. What secrets do they both hide? I have read it many times and I am still unsure whether I know.
As I searched my bookcase for my fave books I discovered many reads I needed to visit again; not good for my overlarge TBR pile including The Dead Zone by Stephen King and Dean Koontz’s Lightening.
What do you love reading again and again?
Happy Book Lovers Day and happy reading!