Every now and then, I go on a reading binge. (No, judging contests doesn’t count!) It usually occurs when I read the latest book in a favorite series and when that particular book is better than average. It makes me want to go back and “discover” them all over again.
Recently, I did that with the Eve Dallas books by J.D. Robb. It started off as a romance and is more of a “family” epic now. I feel the same way about the Dragonriders of Pern series and the Stephanie Plum books. It’s great falling in love with a series of books, but in my case, it sometimes leads to “reading too fast”. That leads to missing some salient points.
I’ve re-read the entire Eve Dallas series three or four times and it was only this time that I learned exactly who killed Roarke’s father. On the other hand, it’s stuff like that that keeps me re-reading the older books. Sometimes, because I’m in a different place in my life, the books read different. Or maybe, I have a different mood.
And it’s not just series that do that to me. Certain authors also send me back to their backlists. Betty Neals, Janet Louise Roberts, Elise Lee, Marilyn Pappano…these are all authors who, every now and then I get such a craving for, I can’t read any new books on my towering TBR pile. I HAVE to go back to good times, good folks.
That’s the kind of author I want to grow up to be. The kind of author who not only brings a lot of enjoyment with each new book, but deliver the stories readers just can’t stand to sell off on E-Bay. So for those who might say (like my brother…the non-reader!) “Why do you keep all those old books around when you’ve already read them?”, I answer, “Because when I re-read them, there’s always something new.”