When I’m uber-busy, having a bad run of DNFs or just in need of comfort, I turn to my favorite series. There’s just something about revisiting those worlds and those characters that is like wrapping myself in a warm blanket with a snuggly puppy by my side. And, while I do enjoy some contemporary, the stories that hold my heart are of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy persuasion. It’s the magic, you see. The sense that there is something more to the world, something beyond our ken draws me. And super-hot alpha werewolves (and other magical creatures) certainly don’t hurt.
So, what have I been reading during this latest crazy period? I turned to two of my favorite authors, Nalini Singh (both her Psy-Changeling series and Guild Hunter series) and Patricia Briggs (reread part of the Alpha and Omega series and onto the fourth book in her Mercy Thompson series).
I love how these two authors weave their worlds so that it seems effortless (though we know the crazy amount of work that goes into creating worlds and characters that suck you in so completely). They really know how to write characters who are strong, protective and bad-assed with sass and humor to make them interesting both to the reader and to each other. Plus, their alphas are completely swoon-worthy (not that the women swoon all that often and, when/if they do, it’s usually because they’ve just kicked arse and taken names.).
During a reread, I tend to catch more of the nuance that I usually miss my first read through. This is an issue with reading too fast. Sure, you get to know what happens and get to the good parts quicker but you miss out on a lot of the little details. With a reread, I spend more time examining the world and, when I reread an entire series, I get to see the connections between the characters (like in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series), watch a character develop and grow (like Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson), and follow the series arc as it develops. And these two authors certainly have that ability to foster connections between their books that both satisfy, when one book is done, and tease, as readers beg for the next installment.
Besides my TBR shelves, the books I keep on my shelf are all by authors I love to reread. (Well, besides what I like to call my vanity books — those classics from Brit/American/etc. Lit classes and those blasted Norton’s anthologies. What? I read them. I just won’t ever read them again. But I have a hard time parting with them.) Of course, my Kindle is packed with books that I don’t *have* to get rid of to make space on my shelf but they’re not all books I’m planning on rereading. My bookshelves…they’re packed to the gills with old friends that I like to revisit from time to time.
So, who do you turn to for your comfort reads?