Why do I keep books I have read?

I was talking about my books the other day with a friend who asked what the point was of keeping a book I have already read. I said to re-read of course to which they asked me why?

Well this made me think a bit, why do I re-read books when I have so many other books still yet to read? For me the answer is twofold, firstly, when a new book in a series comes out it may have been a year since the last one so I will re-read the previous book. If it is a series I love I will read all the books before starting the new one – I am a very quick reader so this does not take as long as it sounds! The second reason is that sometimes I want to read something I know I will love, I might not be in the mood to read something new or be in an odd mood reading wise. For me then sometimes books are like comfort blankets, old friends into which I can escape.

Over the past few months I have re-read a number of series including the JD Robb In Death series, The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas, the entire Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens and Gaelen Foleys Knight Miscellany series. Clearly I have been primarily in a historical romance mood!

Ultimately you never know when you will want to re-read a book – with a kindle it is easy as they are always there but there is something wonderful about walking into a room and seeing shelves of books floor to ceiling. I can escape to anywhere I want to in the past, present, future and even to worlds that don’t exist – or do they!

Would love to know what other people do, do you keep books or once read do they go forever?


A couple more to add…

Diets have a lot to answer for!  I picked up a couple more books at Tesco this morning because I wanted chocolate.. and can’t have it.  Books may be a lot more expensive than chocolate but they have no fat content 😉

Anyway, I got :

Married Lovers – Jackie Collins
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend – Jenny Colgan

Happy days! 😉

Book Bonanza!

It’s been a very booky couple of weeks here.  They are a bit like buses…. none for ages then several come along at once!

A charity shop run, a car boot sale, a neighbour passing me some she’d finished with, and the rare event of finding a couple of books I wanted in WH Smiths made me a happy bookworm.  Then my lovely husband Tony bought me a few I really wanted from Waterstones!

Anyway, here are the latest aquisitions :

The Strength of the Pack – Jorrie Spencer
Pack Challenge – Shelly Laurenston
The Wolf’s Heart – Jenna Leigh
Gallows View/A Dedicated Man – Peter Robinson
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener – M.C. Beaton
Carnival of Souls (Buffy) – Nancy Holder
Feotal Attraction/Girl’s Night Out – Kathy Lette
Mad Cows – Kathy Lette
Altar Ego – Kathy Lette
Deadly Desire – Keri Arthur
Chasing the Shadows – Keri Arthur
A Madness of Angels – Kate Griffin
Orcs : Bad Blood 1 – Stan Nicholls
Memory Zero – Keri Arthur
Dark Hunter Companion – Sherrilyn Kenyon with Alethea Kontis

Should keep me out of mischief for oooh a couple of days 😉

And today we have…

I decided to have a wander around our little town centre and visit the charity shops as I hadn’t done it in a while. Came back with :

Kresley Cole – Dark Desires After Dusk
Christine Feehan – Dark Fire
Marian Keyes – Anybody Out There
Marian Keyes – Further Under the Duvet
Marian Keyes – The Other Side of the Story

So I am happy! I’m also behind with some reviews, oops! Will get on with them now 🙂