Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Replaying The Story

Happy Tuesday All,

Offspring and I are on the mend from this crazy virus that seems to be making rounds.

Yes, I still plan to post the November Author interview this week, I just can't say what day because that's a surprise.

I just finished RE-reading Josephine Angelini's YA Paranormal, Starcrossed. This was my second time through it (I got a copy of it as a birthday present and wanted to reread it). I am still very much looking forward to the sequel. All I can tell you is that if you like Greek Mythology and you're familiar with the Helen of Troy story (and the Trojan War) this might be something you'll enjoy (You won't know until you read it). I absolutely love this book.

There's a few books I love re-reading and I thought that I'd mention a few of them:

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I have not read this as much as one of my sisters (who, I think, reads it almost every year). But I have read this novel 3 times. Great story, great characters, and definitely witty lines.

Gaston Leroux's English translation of Phantom Of The Opera. I think I've read this 2-3 times. It's a rather eerie story, and the Phantom isn't as sympathetic as he is in the musical, however, there is a line that gets me. He visits a Persian guy he knows and is crying and talking about how Christine kissed him and begs the Persian not to look. Despite his crimes, that moment with the Persian makes him human. I'm rather fond of this novel. However, be warned:  When you start the story you're thrown right into a big chaos and it might take you a moment to get your bearings, but if you decide to stick with it, you're taken on a journey directly into the mind and past of the Phantom (and it's not quite what the movie and musical say it is...although, relatively close).

Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books are some of my favorites. I've read the series I don't know how many times. It's based on the author's own life and it's fun, and innocent and just a joy to read.

C.S. Lewis' Narnia series and The Great Divorce. I've read Lewis' Narnia series over and over again because it's a grand adventure and the characters are wonderful. Many people have delved into it searching for all the meanings, but for me, it's just a lot of fun. The Great Divorce is a fascinating journey. I liked how he tied in faith and a story to come up with something very thought-provoking. I've read the book at least 3 times and the Narnia books, I'm not sure how many times. Probably at least twice.

Lynn Kurland's Stardust Of Yesterday introduced me to one of my all-time favorite Romance Novel knights, Kendrick de Piaget. I love this story--a Paranormal Romance (ghosts) and links into other novels she's written--time travels, ghosts, historical. What could be more fun?

There are so many others I've read more than once, that I wish I could mention them all--from Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy and her Friday's Child to Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. books there are a load of tales I could tell you about. I don't have room in this post to tell you about all of them, but I'll list a few more and you can look them up if they catch your eye:

ROMANCE:  Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy (so funny) and Friday's Child (love Hero's innocence).

YA:  Jackson Pearce's As You Wish (a jinn--aka a genie--for a hero, count me in!) Suzanne Selfors' Coffeehouse Angel (Malcolm rocks and Ratcatcher is about the funniest cat).

Fiction/Fantasy:  Planning to re-read Syrie James' Nocturne (jam-packed with history and a fantastic vampire) / Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. series (Magic being real and set in NYC...come on, it's just great fun!)

I'm sure there's a bunch more out there, but like I said, don't have the space in this post to mention every single one. But, if you're looking for something to read, I hope I gave you some ideas.

What books have you read more than once and loved?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!


TessStJohn said...

I'm a huge Lisa Kleypas fan so I've read most of her books more than once. I've also read a Christina Dodd series, but can't remember the name. Stephanie Bond wrote a book (or a story) called Kids is a Four Letter Word (or something like that) and I've read that a couple times. But the book I've read over and over again is Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. That book has it all and is a work of craft. Her humor and her characters are so well done in that book!

Bethany said...


They sound like fun! At your recommendation, I did read some Jennifer Crusie novels, and I enjoyed them. Thank you so much for dropping by :-)