by Shirley Hailstock
During this time, books sales seem to be going up. People have time on their hands and thankfully, they've decided to spend it with the magic of books.
I write contemporary novels, but back in the day, I was and am still a history buff. I could answer the entire column of history questions on the old Jeopardy program. I'm also good with numbers and dates, (math minor in college). This came in handy with the timeline question on exams. I even remember the date of the Friendship 7. (That was space capsule that took John Glenn up in 1962.)
So, you would think that all this looking backward would endear me to comfort reads – going back and revisiting ole haunts, plots, characters and stories.
Nope, not me.
Comfort Reads is a concept I don't subscribe to. There are so many books and so little time as the saying goes. I'd rather read a new book than re-read a past one. This doesn't mean I don't understand the need for familiarity, for knowing what the outcome will be in a novel. I read romances and I expect happily-ever-after when I close the cover. So I know the hero and heroine will overcome all obstacles in their way and find love.
This also doesn't mean I don't have a TBR (to be read) pile and no keeper shelf. Like all readers, I have both. And both could fill their own room.
The keeper shelf gives me comfort without re-reading. As I look over the titles and remember the characters I befriended and who allowed me to share their world and their adventures, I feel the same warmth as my friends who pull down a story to re-read. I can participate in discussions on the Bridgertons, the Madaris's, the billionaires and their babies. I remember ranch stories, cowboys, and academic classics.
My TBR pile hides gems that I only need to open a cover to find. I suppose the point of all this is we love to read and books hold wonders for us from visiting other worlds to finding a kindred spirit. And on that note, on my keeper shelf is Morning Glory by LaVryle Spencer. I loved this book so much I wouldn't read the last page, because I never want it to end.
I keep all of these and more. What's on your keeper shelf? What special book do you re-read year in and year out? What books do you pull down to comfort you? There's nothing better than a Heartwarming novel.