A wander through the bookshelf

I was talking to a friend the other day who is currently culling her book collection. I haven’t done that in several—more like five—years, because it’s so hard. The only reason I ever culled was when the stacks of books on the floor were so tall they were toppling over, and covered so much of the floor that walking across the room was like maneuvering on an obstacle course. Thanks to the advent of ebooks, I don’t have to worry about it so much.
But as usual I’ve digressed. After I spoke with my friend, I had a look through my own books. It was more a “if I had to cull what would I let go” kind of look than anything else. Big mistake. I found many old favorites that I now just HAVE to re-read. Here are ten, randomly chosen from the pile:

When Lightning Strikes – Rexanne Becnel
The Warrior – Nicole Jordan (on a side note, I’ve always liked Nicole Jordan’s earlier stuff better than the recent releases. Not sure why)
The Wizard of Seattle – Kay Hooper
Married for a Month – Susan Mallery
Amber Beach – Elizabeth Lowell
You Belong to Me – Johanna Lindsey (this was the first romance novel I ever read)
Son of the Morning – Linda Howard
To Catch an Heiress – Julia Quinn
No Escape – Heather Lowell
See Jane Score – Rachel Gibson

If you haven’t read any of these, look them up. I’m happy to exchange opinions—I love talking about books!
That doesn’t even start on my Harlequin/Mills & Boon collection. I’ll go through those another time 😉
By the way, if, like me, you have so many books that keeping track of them is difficult, I highly recommend Collectorz cataloguing software. It’s easy to use and they have a free trial so you can give it a test-run. You can enter each record by hand, or type/scan in the ISBN or title and author. The program goes online and looks up the book, then downloads basic information, including blurb and cover. You can bulk download a whole pile of books at once. They also have apps for iPhone and Android users, so you can sync your database and have it with you when you’re shopping. I’ve been using it for years and absolutely LOVE it.

So, share with me—what are some of your old favorites?

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About oliviaventura

I was born many years ago in... No, seriously, all you need to know about me is that I love love LOVE reading, and it's even more fun to write my own stories (I get to choose the ending that way). I've worked in plenty of different jobs, many in retail, which is the best way to meet some really colorful people, and also in recruitment, telecommunications, and food safety. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I'm still on the lookout for Mr. Right, so if you know him, send him my way. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you think of my stories, so please drop me a line at liv@oliviaventura.net. Feel free to be lavish with your praise if you enjoyed, otherwise, be gentle!

Posted on November 22, 2011, in Authors, Books, Romance Authors, Romance books and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Does ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ count as an ‘old favourite’ yet? Well I guess 14 years after it’s release and it is still a favourite, gives it reason to be called classic (in a new age form?).

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