Recently, my husband and I (and his parents) cleaned out our storage unit. We really didn't need it anymore, since our garage is bigger. Now we could load all the stuff in there and I can go through it much easier to put things away or get rid of stuff.
Anyway, along with all of the furniture and knickknacks came boxes of books. Several boxes of books. About ten, in fact. Hi, my name is Angel and I'm a bookaholic. I have a hard time getting rid of the things, but this is what's left after I culled about 3 boxes full when we were packing this past spring.
As I started going through them, I felt like I was like visiting with old friends. Most of my keeper shelf was boxed up during the move and I hadn't had the time to unpack them. I bet I spent an hour rummaging, reminiscing, and moving piles into the house.
Over the holiday season, I've read quite a few of these "keepers". I've always been a rereader, and I often revisit books while I'm writing, because I can skip to the good parts. :) Recently, I've reread After the Night and Loving Evangeline by Linda Howard, When Dreams Come True by Cathy Maxwell, and an old Silhouette Special Edition by Lucy Gordon titled Enchantment in Venice.
Piling up in the bed with these familiar reads was comforting and satisfying. The characters are old friends. The settings like taking a vacation in a much beloved spot. There is a reason why we call them "keepers"; they are just too good to let go.
What is your favorite "keeper" book? What authors fill your Keeper Shelf?
Today, I'll be giving away a new hardback copy of Maven Beverly Barton's Killing Her Softly to one lucky commenter. I'm sure it will be a great addition to someone's Keeper Shelf!