I approach reading the way I approach restaurants. Once I have been there and tasted something amazing, I never try anything else. It's the same with books. I may try another character series from the same author, but that is about as branched out as I get.
My biggest problem with reading is that once I start I cannot stop, so often I will start a book at bedtime and finish it at 3am. I can't just give up. And since I've read it before, I know the good stuff that is coming.
My favorite book series is the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker. They are suspenseful, funny, snarky, and a very fast read. I also love them because Mr. Parker started writing the series in the 1970's, so you watch the character and the world around him grow through time. The characters develop over decades and the world goes from polyester leisure suits to giant shoulder pads and beyond. The author does an amazing job of capturing those details.
Spenser is tough and funny, fiercely loyal to his peeps, and certainly charming. I never tire of the fun read, and I find that my writing improves when I read them.
They are not the drivel that is *shudder* Twilight or Fifty Shades of Blech.
There are over 40 novels in the Spenser series and I usually just start again as soon as I finish. My favorite of all forty is Early Autumn. It's wonderful.
I recently finished re-reading the series for the sixth time (or tenth, who knows!) and decided to branch out and re-read the Harry Potter books. My hubby was going to be out of town, so I decided to re-read the books before he left and then re-watch the movies while he was gone. It was a fun week. Ha!
The day after I finished my big Harry Potter marathon, Alan Rickman died.
I read a few years ago an interview with him where he was asked if he felt like his work would be overshadowed by his role as Snape.
It makes me feel better about being a serial re-reader.
It made me feel sad to "lose" such a talented actor who was beloved by so many who knew him.
It's funny how we all feel the loss isn't it?
So, if you are looking for something to read. I say, take Alan Rickman's advice and re-read Harry Potter.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Snuggle your babies, wrap up in a fuzzy blanket by the fire (unless you are also in Cairo), and dive into a great book!