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Subject: keeper shelves
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 6:26 AM ET
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I was just wondering if anyone still kept a keeper shelf of their favorite urban fantasy/paranormal books.  If so, what authors are must keep or else.........

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 8:54 AM ET
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I don't. I have favorites but I don't re read. Just pass them on!

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 8:54 AM ET
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I don't. I have favorites but I don't re read. Just pass them on!

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 3:46 PM ET
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I still do.  I have a shelf of comfort reads.  Most of my others I now send onward.  But having a book to grab when down sick with a cold?  Oh yes.  Something I know so well that I can fall asleep in mid sentence. 

Then there are the cliffhangers.  In a corner.  I just know I'll want to reread the last chapter. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2014 12:35 AM ET
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Sure, I have keepers. I only keep maybe 1 in 15 of what I read. Recently I've added Bitter Spirits  by Jenn Bennett to it because I was so impressed with the writing and the relationship between the characters. I'll reread that one some day. I also tend to keep horror, if it's good. Seanan McGuire and Mira Grant, I keep. I tend to keep more sci-fi than paranormal. Lots of paranormal is varying qualities of good, but it's rarely unique. I tend to keep unique titles, not the stuff that all blurs together after a while. I also keep Rob Thurman, I love her Leandros series, the, first few books I posted after I read them and I had to re-get them after I decided that the story kept getting better and better in each book.

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Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:04 PM ET
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I  keep the Dresden series, the Mercy Thompson series, thinking about the Jane Yellowrock series., for examples.

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:23 PM ET
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On my PNR keeper shelf...

The entire Sookie series...although they went pretty downhill there towards the end.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Fallen Angel series  (JR Ward is my fave)
The Demonica series by Larissa Ione
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
The Twilight series...no judging now...lol
A handful of the Dark Hunter series...Vane, Acheron, Valerius, Zarek, Wren

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:25 PM ET
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Sara I'm curious...what horror authors are on your keeper shelf?

Date Posted: 5/9/2014 11:02 PM ET
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I have Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, Laurell K Hamilton except the last few pretty bad ones (because I started reading them when there wasn't much UF around), Jim Butcher (same reason, and I almost got rid of those but then DH decided to read them!), Kelley Armstrong (though those have been getting less good), Patricia Briggs. Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, but I may swap those all. A few others, but those are the main ones off the top of my head. I have more SF and fantasy keepers (partly because I've been reading those longer).

Date Posted: 5/15/2014 9:08 PM ET
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I think I keep quite a few but have a separate library and have a handy carpenter for a husband, after I do up the designs.  So I have shelves for paperbacks in several rooms and in a stairwell and then all custom shelves in the library.  That said I keep writers that aren't best sellers but great writers.  If there books are hard to come by then I consider keeping them because they probably won't have a reprint.  I kept CE Murphy, Jim Butcher, Jonathan Howard, Frank Tuttle, Thea Harrison, Gail Carriger, Jean Johnson, Sarah McCarty and some others just because I enjoy them and pull them when I need a good book.  Mysteries: CS Harris, Alex Grecian, Dorothy Sayers, and Will Thomas and others.  I swap most I read and if I get tired of a series I usually get rid of all of them, unless I really loved the first ones.

Date Posted: 6/15/2014 9:27 PM ET
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I'm like Susan.  I have multiple shelves although I'm the carpenter;)  Especially series, I like to back after a while and restart a series.  For paranormal I just discovered it a couple of years ago so I'm just getting caught up on it.

JR Ward, Kenyon, Feenhan, Warren, Ashley are just a few.

and I really like Shelly Laurenston but she is hard to find.

and lets not get me started on my keeper other style books of which there are too too many:)

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Date Posted: 6/16/2014 12:08 PM ET
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On the shelf -- Nalini Singh and Patricia Brigg's Alpha/Omega series.  All else (and that's a lot of books) gets read and traded.

Date Posted: 6/30/2014 6:15 PM ET
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Karen M Moning's "Fever" series, and Deborah Harkness' witches trilogy (the 3rd one comes out in a few weeks). Quite a few of Charles DeLint's books., And "Carousel Tides" by Sharon Lee and its recent follow-up, I forget its name, it's the "Archer Beach" series......I have several other keepers, "The WoodWife" by Teri Windling is another I read over and over, but not so many series.

And Jacqueline Carey's "Agent of Hel" series, and Suzanne Johnson's series, which is very similar to Carey's except set in New Orleans, but also involving a half-human young woman who keeps "order" over the contemporary supe community.

I tend to keep more in this genre than any other because IMO it "holds up" better; you can re-read it and it does not seem to get so stale.

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Date Posted: 6/30/2014 10:27 PM ET
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On my keeper shelf is Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders, Stephen King's The Stand extended version and LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory. That's it.

Date Posted: 7/13/2014 12:16 AM ET
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Rhiannon Frater is on my keeper shelves, especially the "As the World Dies" series.


Date Posted: 7/14/2014 9:44 AM ET
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My 18 yo daughter keeps ALL of hers, Twilight Series and Hunger Games too.