Nikki’s Thursday 13 for 11/19/09

I was at the library today reserving a copy of a book I haven’t read in a while and started thinking about the books that, despite being innundated with new material all the time, I read religiously every year.

So, here are Nikki’s 13 “Read-it-every-year” books:

1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. – This one just never gets old for me. I still have the copy I bought at a book fair in the 3rd grade, and I read it at least once a year. I can’t wait to share it with my cousin Christopher (he’s 5).

2. The Elenium by David Eddings – I was an idiot in 1988 and passed up the opportunity to buy The Diamond Throne new in hardcover, because for some reason I had decided I would hate it. By the time I read it and fell in love with it (It’s my *favorite* David Eddings book), it was only in paperback. I eventually loaned that copy to my brother and got it back with the spine doctored in masking tape. By coincidence, after reading news of David Eddings’ passing I was able to find a hardcover copy in a used bookstore in great condition. I admit to being pleased about this find on two levels – one, this copy should hold up much better than the paperback, and now I have the entire Elenium and The Tamuli in hardcover so they match.

3. The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha by Lloyd Alexander – My elementary librarian recommended this to me, and it’s one of my favorites. I love the adventures they take, and the impact it has on the characters in the end.

4. Practice to Deceive by Patricia Veryan – This is the book I went to reserve today. It was out of print by the time I read it the first time, and for some reason I have never made a serious attempt to find a used copy. Even though I am no longer reading historicals as a rule, I am drawn to this book over and over again. The Golden Chronicles series is good, but Practice to Deceive is my favorite.

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Another book I discovered in elementary school that I still get the itch to at least once a year.

6. Divided in Death by J. D. Robb – I am past the phase where I would read the In Death series from start to finish and then start over again, but I still love them, and Divided in Death is my favorite. I love it when Eve and Roarke’s relationship works, but really enjoy watching them struggle to come to a meeting of minds and hearts in this book.

7. Running Scared and Moving Target by Elizabeth Lowell. Well, the truth is I probably read my entire Elizabeth Lowell collection at least once a year, but these two are probably the ones I pick up the most frequently. I love the characters and the stories.

8. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward – I read these last year for the first time, and I am completely hooked. I can’t believe I almost didn’t even reserve them at the library when Amazon recommended them to me. (It’s amazing what they think you like when you start buying a ton of Sherrilyn Kenyon, lol). The universe is so engaging, and the characters suck me in every single time. Love these books.

9. Ransom by Julie Garwood – I am not the Julie Garwood fan right now that I was back in the day, but I still love Ransom. It has all the essence of a good Julie Garwood historical, without being too much.

10. Roselynde by Roberta Gellis – I think Alinor was actually the first romance novel I was ever brave enough to check out and take home (on a 6th grade field trip to the library, no less) but Roselynde was the book I found at Goodwill for $1, and I love it just as much. Every now and then I reserve the whole series in a fit of nostalgia.

11. All right, it has to be said – The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton. I read Merry more often, but I do read both series a couple of times a year.

12. Anything by Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle – Like Elizabeth Lowell, this is another author where I get on a kick and I just read it all in a big bunch, at least once a year. So nice to have so many variations on a theme πŸ™‚

13. The Tairen Soul series by C. L. Wilson. I just finished Queen of Song and Souls and am now forced to wait until the 5th book comes out to see how she wraps everything up. Best random-book-at-the-library surprise in the last couple of years. I’ll be reading this for a long time. I love how Rain and Elysetta interact, and how their relationship is built over the books. Just lovely.

Heaven knows there are a ton of others I could have listed here, lol, but I’m limiting myself to 13.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

4 Replies to “Nikki’s Thursday 13 for 11/19/09”

  1. Well, the biggest thing that helps is I read pretty fast πŸ™‚ The average paperback doesn't take me much more than 2.5, maybe 3 hours to read.

    I also read every night before I go to bed for at least 30 minutes. I can't remember a time I haven't done it, and now it's to the point where getting into bed and reading is my body's subconscious cue to wind down for the day.

  2. I have books from way back, that are stacked in a box in my ceiling for a rainy day/year read. I understand completely why you go back to old favorites. I would really like to read some of your 'fabulous' writing.
    Where can I read some? That is probably a stupid question, but I really don't know. πŸ™‚

  3. It's not a stupid question! Just because Darla and I know each other from other groups doesn't mean everyone else knows me πŸ™‚

    I have primarily been writing fanfiction in the Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter series lately. At least some of it is m/m slash and I'm not sure if that's your thing, but you can email me at and I'll send you the link.

    The only other fiction I've done lately has been around the Weekly Unwinds and Fiction Workshop on the Writer's Retreat, and you can find it there.

    Thank you for asking!! I hope it lives up to the advanced billing.

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