Monday, June 05, 2006

Mi Scusi: Deja Vu All Over Again



I'm trying to psych myself up to do some writing -- next week's feature review, in fact. I can use any excuse to procrastinate. Like: if I want to write a good review, I just have to read the novel all over again. So that's what I've been doing to avoid writing.

What are your favorite re-reads?
Encore! Mi scusi, Bellas. I didn't mean for you to have to look at that last blog so long. My Inet service was out. With my sincere apologies, I give you, Hugh, looking rather Italian.
Encore due! Next week's feature, "She's No Princess," has a fiery Italian heroine. Finally, a place-holder just for me.

26 comments:

MaryKate said...

Oh! Oh! This is one of my favorite topics! I'm a prolific reader, and since none of my favorite authors can keep up with me, I re-read like crazy. So here's my list of favorites:

To Die For - Linda Howard
Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughn
Dark Lover/Lover Eternal - JR Ward
The Chesapeake Bay series - Nora Roberts
Dream Man - Linda Howard
The Bride - Julie Garwood
The Windflower - Tom and Sheila Curtis
The Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn
Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas
See Jane Score - Rachel Gibson
Witness in Death - JD Robb (I read them all, but this one is my favorite because of one particular scene)
Slightly Dangerous - Mary Balogh
A Rose in Winter - Kathleen Woodiwiss

OK, well, that's a start anyway.

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm with ya, Mary Kate. Why can't these authors keep up with their readers? What do they have to do with all their time anyway? Sheesh. *g* I am so just kidding. Please don't throw anything at me. I have delicate skin. :o)

I have my re-reads that I go back to time and again. Especially if it is in a series and the next book is due out, I will re-read all of the ones previously so I know where it left off at. Then I try predict what will happen and to who. It's a little game I like play.

Michelle, with a pic like that, you can rest assured that you will be forgiven for anything. *g*
Now get back to work! I can't wait to read that review. I have a patience issue. :o)

rachd said...

Re-reads? Love 'em!

Faves include:
Anything by JQ
Anything by Eloisa James
Anything by Lisa Kleypas
All the Harry Potter books
Selected children's/YA novels such as "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" and "The Ordinary Princess"
I know there are many others, but these are my current re-reads.

Especially if the books are in a series or somehow connected. I love seeing how characters continue to develop throughout the series. I always hate to have a book end, so when it ends but I know the h/h will be mentioned (even if briefly) in the next book I'm thrilled.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Listen to the sound of me screaming, Rach, because "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" is my favorite book of all time. I never realized until after I started reading romance that it was a romance. So, I guess I was a love goon even back in 3rd grade when I bought it from the Scholastic Book Club. I thought it would be about the Salem Witch trials, I think, which I was all over back then.

I have a problem that I'll stumble across a book lying somewhere and have to reread it. I just don't have as much reading time anymore.

MaryKate, I love mary balogh and just read her August release this weekend. Oh OH OH OH.. It's so good and has a tortured-soul war hero. My FAAAAAAAvorite. And she's gonna do an ExtraView. Of course, I've been putting off writing the questions.

JulieO, thanks for the forgiveness. I like your prediction game. Do you try to figure out who the next hero/hn will be? I just read Suzanne Enoch's next this weekend, too. The Griffin family series? Holy cow. Englands Fav Hero is a fave out of that, I had to buy it used so I could get a reread copy. Could n't find it anywhere.
I know, go write.

MsFlexie said...

First of all THANK YOU for HUGH!!! --- he is my definition of a perfect looking man! Mmmm... mmmm... all 6'3" and 240 lbs of him!!!

OK, sorry... I'm having a drooling moment!

What was your question?

oh... right! re-reads!

> The classicsAny Jane Austen novel, SB's "Jane Eyre," EB's "Wuthering Heights," the Potter books of course (tho they're not quite classics YET)!

>Anything by Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nicole Jordan, Liz Carlyle...

>Specifically Emma Holly's Upyr and Beyond books, Robin Schone's "The Lady's Tutor," Adele Ashworth's "The Winter Garden," Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander," Deirdre Martin's "Body Check," Rachel Gibson's "See Jane Score,"

... OK I better stop or I can go on all day!

Did I thank you for Hugh?

Lina

MsFlexie said...

Oooh... I forgot to mention ALL of Julie Garwood's old historicals!

Kris said...

Rachd- I love The Ordinary Princess, it as one of my favorites. That and the series The Secret of the Unicorn Queen and a book called Shadow Magic (cannot remember the author)
Okay on to current re-reads:
Anita Blake books (Laurell K Hamilton)
Dark Hunter books (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
anything Emma Holly
Suzanne Brockmann SEAL Team 16 books
(have I mentioned I like series)

Vivi Anna said...

MMMMMM, Hugh....*wipes drool from chin* I lurve him. Watched X-Men 3 yesterday...fantastic and of course Hugh rocked!

Re-reads:
Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King
Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes
Honest Illusions - Nora Roberts

I don't have many re-reads, I usually have 4-5 unread new books sitting on my night table waiting for me...

Manda said...

Yummy Hugh pic, Michelle! (as if there exists a non-yummy Hugh pic out there somewhere!) If that's what we have to put up with when you procrastinate, then by all means put off your column:)

Rach & Michelle! Love THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND. Now that I think of it, I think that may have been the book that launched me down the dark path of romance...though I didn't know it at the time.

Now, as for re-reads:

Mary Balogh, THE FAMOUS HEROINE, SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS, MORE THAN A MISTRESS (Can't wait for her next book!)

Eloisa James, FOOL FOR LOVE, MIDNIGHT PLEASURES,

Linda Howard, OPEN SEASON (about a librarian in Alabama--of course I love it)

Jennifer Crusie, WELCOME TO TEMPTATION

Loretta Chase, LORD OF SCOUNDRELS

Rachel Gibson, SEE JANE SCORE

Madeline Hunter, THE SEDUCER, THE CHARMER

Okay, all I can think of for now...

Monica Burns said...

Hi chicas,

LOVE the Hugh pic Michelle!!! Scumpdilieoius (is that the right spelling?? LOL)

I'll read anything by AManda Quick twice, although Mistress is the all time favorite!!!

And I've good news!! The cardiologist gave the alls well with my baby's heart today. There's a hereditary condition in my family call Long QT where the heart has trouble recharging itself after a beat and can cause arrhythmia, which leads to sudden death. I'm sure you've heard about athletes dropping dead on the playing field, this is the same condition. My niece was diagnosed with the condition and put on beta blockers. Baby is ADD and the meds she's on have been shown to cause the sudden death syndrome in people with Long QT. So I've been living with this for almost three weeks now, not knowing, trying to hold it together so Baby didn't connect the dots. She's almost 9, but she's one sharp cookie, and I didn't want her knowing how scared I was. But the cardiologist gave her a clean bill of health and she can run and play as she did before all of this happened. WHAT a RELIEF!!!

Thanks for letting me vent!

rachd said...

Oh, Monica, to be living with that hanging over your head! I'm so happy for you and your Baby! What an absolute relief!!!

Glad you're back--we've missed ya here =).

Kris, I read SHADOW MAGIC a long time ago and can barely remember it. But, I'm pretty sure I liked it =).

Michelle, Manda, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND was definitely my first romance along with THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. They really helped me along the path of feel good HEA's.

Oh, yeah, I have no idea how I forgot Mary Balogh. Now you have my curiosity peaked, Michelle!

Stacy~ said...

Monica, I am sending lots of thankful prayers on your Baby's health! What a blessing to hear good news when sometimes it seems there is too much of the other kind. Thank you for sharing your ordeal. We missed you while you were away.

Oh, and Michelle, I picked up Forbidden Pleasures last week at Borders - can't wait to read it.

I am a huge re-reader! Some people just don't understand it, but to me, re-reading is like visiting an old friend, yet still finding out new things about them. I love it.

Some faves:

Anything by Suzanne Brockmann, but especially the Team 16 books.

Several by Lisa Kleypas, most notably Where Dreams Begin

The historicals of Judith McNaught, and also Paradise and Perfect from her contemps

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Jude Deveraux' Montgomery/Taggart books

The Viscount Who Loved Me and When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

The Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich

The In Death books by JD RObb

You know, this starts to explain the huge tbr pile...

Stacy~ said...

Sorry, I meant to say Monica, not Michelle! I was too busy trying to think of a good word ver and failed, as I obviously failed previewing my post...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Monica: What a scare. I can't believe you went through all that. It's hard enough to have a child deal with ADD or ADHD, etc. and have to deal with the stuff that goes along with it as a parent. But then, to find drugs that work, they have the complications she might have had? I think you're very strong to have kept it together, and deserve a nice reading break, if you can fit it in as a treat.

BTW,all. just had one of those Inet miscommunication things happen at SR today. I hate when that happens. grrr.

Julie in Ohio said...

Monica, OMG! I'm so glad that your daughter is doing better. My baby had a heart murmur when she was born but it fixed itself as she grew, so thankfully we didn't have to worry about medications and the like. I can still remember the fear that came along with the cardiologist appts, though. That is one organ you don't want to mess with. I am so happy that everything has worked out for you and your family. And I agree with Michelle, a long weekend of nothing but a good book and a glass of wine while soaking in a hot tube is in order.

Stacy, my DH doesn't understand how I can rewatch movies, let alone reread books. He always buy movies and watch them once and puts them on the DVD rack, where they sit to gather dust.

My fav rereads are:
-anything by JQ
-anything by LK
-Chesapeake Bay series by NR
-anything by Teresa Medieros
-anything by Christina Dodd
-Essex Sisters series by Eloisa James
-Nerd series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

MsFlexie, I am so glad you mentioned Karen Marie Moning. I have all of her books and love to reread those sexy Highlanders. :o)

Michelle, miscommunication is in the eye of the beholder...or something like that. Don't worry, nobody can see you blush or put your foot in your mouth. *g*
It happens to me more than I care to examine...but you already know that. *g*
I'm beginning to think of it as a rite of passage. :o)

rachd said...

Michelle, the miscommunication thingy didn't seem so bad. Teresa was very understanding about the whole thing. =)

Okay guys, this may be my last opportunity to blog for a while. We're into the longest stretch of the school year--the last seven days. Wish me luck!

Julie in Ohio said...

Good Luck, Rach.
Today was my kids last day, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. *g*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rach: good luck. Godspeed. We're with you. Actually, I'm stressing with you cause I can't imagine when i'm gonna get those teachers' gifts before Thursday; we parents really appreciate the hard work youz put in putting up with our kids. I mean, molding the next generation. :)

amy*skf said...

Monica, I am just so happy for you and your family. You sound (write) so much happier. Good.

Witch of Blackbird Pond--Rach, Michelle and Mandacoll, I still have my copy from jr. high school. And Michelle I got it for the same reason. The funny thing is most of my re-reads are young adult books and children's books that I'm re-reading to my youngest.

Although with series I love to read the last again before the next. But usually I have so many books to chose from I don't re-read as much as I used to. Sometimes just the good parts.

Michelle, I saw one your comment on SR earlier today--sounded right to me, especially with your column--unless you're talking about another comment. I guess I'll mosy on over there and see.

amy*skf said...

Nope, that was the comment, I hadn't read Teresa's response, but I knew you didn't mean Christina. Ah well, c'est la blog.

A book I have read more times than I can count: Mrs. Mike--my mother made me (MADE ME) read it. Talk about a romance. The first time I read it I was 13. And then I re-read it almost every year until I was in my twenties. With intermittent readings since then.

My mom would use the Mrs. Mike card for any book she wanted me to read, "I was right about Mrs. Mike, wasn't I?"

Valeen said...

I don't have nearly as much time for rereads as I would like to because my tbr pile is so huge. But before I started buying up everybook that I could get my hands on, I read only Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Then I found Lisa Kleypas and Lynn Kurland and added them to the list.

So basically, anything by these authors is a favourite reread as I did read them over and over.

Some I still reread are:
Sweet Liar, The Duchess -- Jude Deveraux
Clayborne's -- Julie Garwood

Kelley said...

MOnica, I'm glad to hear she is doing well! I'll keep her in my prayers.

I love to re-read Lori Fosters Visitation series. Loved those books.
Harry Potter
Merc series my Lucy Monroe
I'm not a huge re-reader!

Eve Silver said...

Re-reads for me are

The Chalice and the Blade, Prince of Time, and River of Eden - Glenna McReynolds
Anything Judith Ivory
To Die For - Linda Howard
Most of Teresa Medeiros' books
early Lisa Kleypas books
Kelley Armstrong books

But honestly, my TBR pile is so enormous that I don't have a lot of time for re-reads, which is why most of my list is older stuff.

And, OMG, Michelle, that picture of Hugh!!!!

Kristina Cook said...

There's nothing better than re-reading an old favorite! For me, that's pretty much anything by Julia Quinn (but especially The Viscount Who Loved Me and The Duke and I), any of the old Judith McNaught historicals, any of the old Jill Barnett historicals, SEP's Ain't She Sweet (I'm still amazed by this book--the fact that SEP gave us two protagonists who were pretty much unlikable at first, totally redeemed them both, and made me absolutely ADORE them by the end!). Oh, and I always love to go back and revisit with Jamie and Claire, and re-read how it all began with Outlander!

Louis said...

Best future, Monica.

Re-reads...Lots of them!

Nora Roberts
Jayne Ann Krentz and all her other names.
Julie Garwood
Early Susan Andersen
Kasey Michaels
Linda Howard (Just finished Mr. Perfect)
Sandra Brown
Elizabeth Lowell
Johanna Lindsey
...and a lot more

Manda said...

Glad everything's okay, Monica!