Monday, August 15, 2011

Five Best Books: Rereads

The 5 Best Books meme is hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.

This week we are asked to list our Five Best Books: Rereads. What books do you find yourself going back to over and over again? Even in a world where there are "so many books and too little time" I find myself returning to certain books when I need a comfort read. Or when I get in a reading lull and just can't latch on to any of the hundreds (literally) of books waiting for me in the TBR piles.

Here are some of those books:

1. Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers (or really any of her Lord Peter Wimsey books). These are such well-written, tried and true old friends that any of them can get me out of a reading funk like nobody's business.

2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (or, again, any of the Holmes stories). I like reading the Victorian prose. I like watching the master at work.

3. The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson. An absolutely lovely book that I like to revisit. In fact, I'm just about due for another re-read.

4. The Norths Meet Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (or, again, any of the mysteries written as a team. Some that were written by Richard alone I can take or leave). There are times when light and breezy and just a bit "screwy" (as Sgt. Mullins would say) is exactly what the doctor ordered.

5. Persuasion--my favorite Jane Austen. Another that is probably do for another run-through.

On any given day 2-3 of these might be different. There are other books that see a frequent reread now and then. But you will always find Sayers and the Lockridges on this list.


Yvette said...

Good choices, Bev. I reread THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES too. And Jane Austen once in a while. This is all fluid depending on my mood.

Jeez, I haven't read STRONG POISON in ages. Time to change that.

How you feel about the Wimsey books is how I feel about the Nero Wolfe books.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I love reading my rereadable reads. Great list, Bev!

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

OOH - how fun! Off the top of my head -

Summer House by Jude Deveroux

Mr. Perfect by _____________

Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts

Anything Harry Potter

Cassandra said...

I'm going to admit something that I've never told anyone before: I've never read Persuasion or anything else by Jane Austen. And I don't think I ever will.

I did see that movie, though. Becoming Jane? with Anne Hathoway. That was good.

Great list! Thanks for joining us!

Suzanne said...

Confession -- I have not read Persuasion either. It has to be better than Emma though; I didn't like that one at all.

Bev Hankins said...

@Suzanne: Yes, Persuasion is WAY better than Emma. Hated Emma.