As much as I love diving into a new story, there’s a special place in my heart reserved for my favorite books. They are like old, familiar friends – they are always there when I need them and I can turn to them as often as I want.
For someone living with (and sometimes crippled by) anxiety and depression, surrounding myself with familiar things and sticking to routines is important. Drinking my coffee out of the same Totoro mug in the morning. Following the same order of operations in the shower to make sure I don’t forget a step – wash hair first, then cleanse and exfoliate my face, and finally wash my body with the same scent from Bath and Body Works that I’ve used for at least a decade now. Ordering the same thing all the time at restaurants because I know I won’t be disappointed. (My husband teases me about that because he’s definitely more adventurous when it comes to food and thinks I’m weird for not jumping at the chance to try new things. I think he’s just as weird for taking that chance, lol!)
It’s the same with books. I already know how the story ends so there’s no need to worry about not liking the writing style, the characters, or worse – when things don’t turn out well in the end. There’s nothing worse for me than making it all the way through a book just for the ending to take me somewhere I wasn’t expecting, i.e. somewhere not happy. All my favorite books have happy endings. It’s almost a requirement in order for me to like the book. I can appreciate the unexpectedness and creativity of an author when they choose to go the other way, but I’ll be boring and admit I love the cliche of happily ever after. There’s not a lot of those in real life so I want it in my stories.
For a long time now, my most re-read books are the Black Jewels novels by Anne Bishop. I fell in love when I first devoured them 15+ years ago, and I love them to this day. The story was unlike anything I’d ever read (at the time, anyway) and it was the first series that made me want to leave my own world and jump into that one. The characters are dynamic and oddly relatable considering it’s a world of dark magic and unique landscapes. And the story line itself is creative, unpredictable, and overall just amazing. I’m not going to review the series, my opinion would be way too biased. But if you like romantic fantasy, pop over to Amazon or Goodreads or wherever for the synopsis to see if it sounds like something you might be interested in.
I have a new series to read and hopefully review (new to me anyway, they’ve been out for awhile and I’m just late to the party) but after writing this, I find myself in the mood to curl up on the couch, light a few candles, and transport myself back into the world of the Black Jewels. It will be nice to visit my old friends again. See you next week.
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