What Makes it a Keeper?
I read books and listen to audiobooks a lot, roughly 20 each month, sometimes more. I can’t afford to buy all the books I read. (I try to keep my book spending down to under $40 per month, and lately,I’ve mostly been buying ebooks.) Whenever possible, I check books out from the library.
Only one RL friend of mine also reads romance. She’s having surgery after the holidays, and today, I went to the bookstore to pick up a couple of historical romances for her. I give her books from time to time, and because she has a lack of space at home, she prefers to borrow books rather than keep them. So, when I get her books, I’m really getting them for me. :-)
I usually don’t like to recommend books unless I’ve already read them. Since I don’t like to waste my time on a dud, I figure neither would anyone else.
Recently, I read a few romances from the library that I just LOVED, so of course, these are the ones I want to get for her. They are books I enjoyed so much, that it feels that it’s not enough to have read and returned them to the library. I want to own them and keep them on my shelf.
That got me thinking. What is the difference between just a good book, and a “keeper”? These are what I’ve decided are my “keeper” qualities:
- While I was reading it, I thought about the book when I was doing other things
- I thought about the book long after I finished it
- I became obsessive about reading the authors’ backlists
- I got excited thinking about who else would enjoy this book
Here are the current books (at least, the romances) on my keeper list, that I’m hunting for/have found:
- Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
- Mine till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
- Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas —Yes, I’m obsessed with Lisa Kleypas at the moment.
- Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
- How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
Which books are currently on keeper list? What makes them a keeper for you?