What books do you keep on your 'keeper' shelf? You know, those books you can't seem to put in the pile for the Friends of the Library sale--or the ones that if you give a copy to a friend, you find yourself buying another one...because you missed having it.

My keeper shelf for romance is really a small closet under the stairs lined with shelves. Since I'm short, I can curl up there on the floor, surrounded by stories I love.

This summer, I had to weed my books. It wasn't easy, but I was able to reduce my romance novels by 10 boxes--leaving only 14 boxes to move. Luckily my husband is very indulgent. He calls my collection 'research'--and it really is. When I'm stuck, it's where I go to refresh or regroup or see how someone else did it.

But going through the books made me realize which stories worked for me, and which didn't, and why. You can read about three books I love at the USAToday Happily Ever After blog.

But what novels do you keep on your keeper shelf? And why?
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Published on February 22, 2016 06:49 • 87 views • Tags: usatoday
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message 1: by Blue Falcon (new)

Blue Falcon This is a hard question to answer. I currently have 3 bins and 3 boxes of books, not all of which I would describe as "keepers"; some are just books I haven't read yet.

Hopefully, Ms. Miles, when I get your book, it will go on my "keeper" list.

message 2: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Miles I have the same problem: I've even put little stickers on the spines of the ones I haven't read, so they don't get lost in the shuffle. When book 3 is done, I intend to read at least a dozen of the ones waiting for me!

As for my book, I hope so too! I loved writing it.

message 3: by Raelin (new)

Raelin Randall I like so many different kinds of books, but when I am needing inspiration or just an escape, I pull off one of my favorites from my book shelf. So keepers so far for me are anything written by Anne Rice, Gregory McGuire, and I also have really gotten into the YA stories by Cassandra Claire.

On a different hand, I have a lot of Tolkien books as well. So I am kind of all over the place, but it is the style of writing and the transportation into new worlds that I love the most.

message 4: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Miles Thanks for sharing your keeper shelf, Raelin! Have you read Kristen Callihan--she creates an unexpected and compelling steam-punk world. If you like Claire, you might find Sherrilyn Kenyon interesting.

message 5: by Raelin (new)

Raelin Randall No I have not read either one... I will have to check them out! Thank you for the recommendations :)

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