Every avid reader has them: books they’ve enjoyed so much over the years, that they re-read them on a regular basis! Here are only three of the books I put on repeat play:
The first will come as a surprise to no one. I first read Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” over 20 years ago, and it’s still a favorite. How can you not love the sassy Sassenach, her highlander hero, and time travel? Yes, the TV show is great (who can resist Sam Heughan’s Jamie?!), but the books are even better (in an imaginative way). If you haven’t read them, what are you waiting for?
The second is B.A. Shapiro’s “The Art Forger”. Brilliant with its gritty, maligned heroine, the deal with the devil to regain what has been stolen from her, and a historical figure with a deep, shameful secret. Based on the real 1990 theft of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, this book is so realistic, you feel like you are Claire. You want her to succeed so badly, but you know the risks she faces and you cannot look away. Definitely get the audiobook version with narrator Xe Sands. Her voice adds such emotional depth to the tale. I listen to this one every year without fail. (Reviewed here.)
Last but certainly not least is Susanna Kearsley’s “The Firebird”. I love the way Ms. Kearsley combines the supernatural with the historical. Here, characters from two previous books combine to tell a tale of Jacobites in Russia. The historical detail is superb, the supernatural touches give it a little extra mystique, and the characters keep you rooting until the end. Such a treat! (Reviewed here.)