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Subject: What's on your keeper shelf?
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 10:23 PM ET
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I'm curious after the 'how big is your keeper shelf' thread! I tend to keep way too much but I have a couple of shelves that are definite keepers won't get rid of like to read again and again and even think about the stories when I'm not reading them type books!

Linda Howard's Mackenzie series - whew love these alpha hunks!

Elizabeth Lowell's - Warrior, Outlaw, Tell Me No Lies

Robyn Carr's Virgin River series

Lucy Monroe's mercenary series and goddar series and the real deal

Nora Roberts' - Born In trilogy, Montana Sky

Jayne Ann Krentz - uneasy alliance, silver linings, midnight jewels, wildest hearts

Eagle Catcher (older loveswept title)

Man at La Valaise -(older harlequin)

taming of tamsin(another older harlequin)

hostage to dishonor (another very non-pc older harlequin but one of the 1st I ever snuck off to read!)

Merline Lovelace's code name danger series

Jory strong's crime tells series

lora leigh's Forbidden Pleasure -

Lisa Marie Rice's - midnight series

I'm sure there are others but these were off the top of my  head

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Date Posted: 6/29/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Oh my, I can't begin to remember them all, but I do know I have these series:

*Sherrilyn Kenyon --Dark Hunter

*Nalini Singh-- Psy-Changeling

*Kresley Cole --Immortals After Dark

*Charlaine Harris--Southern Vampire

*Julia London --Highlander trilogy and many of the Bridgerton series

*Lara Adrian--Midnight Breed

*Lora Leigh--SEALs and Breed series

*Sandra Hill--Vikings I and II

*Cherry Adair--T-FLAC

*Christine Feehan--Game

*Jayne Castle--Harmony/Ghost Hunters

just to name a few I can see from here

I also have a lot (partial series and individuals) by Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Erin McCarthy, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson, Gena Showalter, Angela Knight, Julia London, Karen Marie Moning, Lucy Monroe, Hannah Howell, Shannon McKenna, and I could go on and on.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 7:34 AM ET
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I don't have a few romance books on my Keeper shelf:


*Dreaming of You and Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

*Until Next We Meet by Karen Ranney

*The Secret Pearl & Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh - I would like to re-read these once and then post them

* A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh

In Spanish

* Zorro & Paula by Isabel Allende

* La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat) by Mario Vargas Llosa

* Amor en los Tiempos del Colera (Love in the Time of Cholera) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

* Cuentos escritos en el exilio (Short Stories written in exile) by Juan Bosch

Favorite Agatha Christie books:

*Sad Cypress

* And Then There None (Audiobook)

* Murder on the Orient Express


*North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
*Scarlett Pimpirnell by Baroness Orzcy

I also have some Plays and some History books

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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:10 AM ET
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My only keeper is the first romance I ever read ... "Billy Bob Walker Got Married" Lisa G Brown, stolen from my sisters room when we were in high school. Otherwise I have a fear of (book) commitment so no other keepers.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 11:54 AM ET
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Entire series I own:

Charlaine Harris - Southern Vampire Mysteries

Laurell K Hamilton - Both Merry Gentry and Anita Blake series

Kim Harrison - The Hallows series

Karen Marie Moning - Highlander series

Diana Gabaldon - Outlander series

Jean M. Auel - Earth's Children series

Orson Scott Card - Ender's series,  Shadow series

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Nerd series

Kresley Cole - Immortals After Dark series

Jeaniene Frost - Vampire Huntress series

Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson series

Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series

Carrie Vaughn - Kitty Norville series

Stephen King - Dark Tower series (plus a lot of other novels by him)

Laura Kinsale - I keep everything I come across by her.



I also have multiple Lisa Kleypas, Linda Howard, Cherry Adair, Kelley Armstrong, Loretta Chase, Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Anne Rice, and Kurt Vonnegut, on my keeper shelf, and a lot of other misc authors.

As you can see, I am a compulsive series collector. I am working on the J.D. Robb In Death series, Tara Janzen's Steele Street series, and I've got some Lucy Monroe, Kinley MacGregor, Josie Litton, Lilith Saintcrow and and a few others Iin my TBR that I'm working on collecting (if they're good enough to be keepers that is).


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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 12:43 PM ET
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All the Nora Roberts (including Promise Me Tomorrow but not her JD Robb series)

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (including Glitter Baby)

Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson series

Janiene Frost: Vampire Huntress series

Sherrilyn Kenyon: Dark Hunters (but I'm going to be posting these)

Charlaine Harris: Sookie Stackhouse (but I'm going to be posting these)

A handful of favourite Linda Howards (all the MacKenzies, Dream Man, Now You See Her)

A handful of Jennifer Crusie (Anyone but You, Charlie All Night, Cinderella Deal, Trust Me On This)

Jan Karon: The Mitford books and the new Father Tim novel

And a handful of old Harlequins (including 2 not very well written but all I've ever found Chanukkah-themed love stories)

Downstairs I have a bookcase filled with books that are autographed, some just signed and some inscribed to me specifically.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 2:19 PM ET
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I have all:

Sherrilyn Kenyon

JR Ward (twice)

Kresley Cole

Stephen King ( HardCovers only)

Julie Garwood

Judith McNaught (Historical (only)

Sarah McCarty

Karen Marie Moning

Then there are just some books that I really can't part with yet

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 5:52 PM ET
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I have:

Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series and Splendid.

Julie Garwoods historicals.  Her highlanders books are my all time favorites.  Her comtemps were very good but not keepers for me. 

Lisa Kleypas  - Wallflower series

Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath

Kingdom of Dreams and Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux

Open Season and Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard.

All Susan Elizabeth Phillips books except "Aint She Sweet."  I have it but can't seem to finish it.


Date Posted: 6/30/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I have too many to mention:P  All of Marsha Canham, complete Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, Karen Ranney, Candice Proctor, Loretta Chase, Connie Brockway, a ton of Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Liz Carlyle, Shana Abe, Adele Ashworth, Maggie Osborne... and that's all I can think of off the top of my head:P

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Hmmm......let's see these are just a few of my keepers. As we've established I have a problem and keep way too many books.

Mary Balogh's Bedwyns (and probably anything of hers I can get my hands on)

Gayle Callen (I am slowly buying up her backlist, which luckily, isn't too big)

Marsha Canham (ditto)

Loretta Chase (her latest is not a keeper, just posted it to wishlist thread, but her Carsington brothers and older books I'm keeping, particularly Lord of Scoundrels and Captives of the Night)

Suzanne Enoch (trying to track down her older titles and I'm keeping everything even Sins of a Duke, which I hated, because it is part of a series)

Gaelen Foley (haven't gotten around to reading the Spice Trilogy, but I love The Duke and The Pirate Prince)

Julie Garwood - The Bride and The Wedding (I have a lot of hers, but those are the ones that have a special place)

Lorraine Heath - Texas Destiny

Victoria Holt - Pride of the Peacock, one of the earliest books I ever read

Linda Howard - Mackenzies and older titles although I still haven't tracked down Bluebird Winter

Susan Johnson - to remind myself how good she WAS

Laura Kinsale (everything I can get my hands on)

Constance Laux - Diamond Rain

Johanna Lindsey - mostly out of nostalgia

Judith McNaught - nostalgia

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Julia Quinn - The Duke and I (I have all the other Bridgertons as well, but this one is the best)

Karen Robards - Scandalous

J.D. Robb - In Death series

Nora Roberts - I am clearing out a lot of Nora, but keeping quite a few, too, including Promise Me Tomorrow

Francine Rivers - Mark of the Lion series and a couple in TBR (Redeeming Love!)

And many more like Jo Beverley, Sylvia Day, Sabrina Jeffries, Laura Lee Guhrke, etc. may update later...

ETA: Julie Garwood - Ransom (how could I forget that one?)

Actually, I am doing an inventory of all my books, putting it all into a new Excel spreadsheet. I have gotten about halfway through the historicals and I'm over 500. Ouch! Time to get reading and start weeding! Good thing contemporaries and paranormals are a little smaller. And this is just romance. I need to go through my regular fiction and non-fiction as well. Sigh.


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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 9:09 PM ET
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Robyn Carr's Virgin River series

Lucy Monroe's mercenary series

Lara Adrian--Midnight Breed series

Diana Gabaldon - Outlander series

Some Julie Garwood, a few Jenny Crusie, a few Karen Marie Moning, Dee Henderson's True series, a few misc historicals that are one off that I loved.


Date Posted: 7/1/2008 6:18 PM ET
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Just to give you an idea of the sickness,

The Historicals



Date Posted: 7/1/2008 7:14 PM ET
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LOL!! Grace, and very heartily I might add. I thought I had it bad. I nominate you for president of the bookhunters anonymous club.

On my shelf

Mary Balogh - the Bedwyns, the Simply, and a few of her old ones

Jillian Hunter

Lisa Kleypas -

Lisa Marie Rice - Her Midnight Series

Suzanne Brockman - Troubleshooter and most of the TDH series

Lora Leigh - Just starting hers

Stephanie Laurens - her older ones

Christine Feehan - Game, Drake Sisters, and Dark Series

John Sandford, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson- some older Mary Higgins Clark

Anne McCaffrey - selected sci fi titles, Get off the Unicorn, Restoree

Dean Koontz - all the titles he wrote as Leigh Nichols and a couple others

Danielle Steele - Palomino

Kay Hooper - Bishop Series

JR Ward - The black dagger brotherhood

Jacquelyn Frank - Nightwalker Series

Nora Roberts - the Cordina, Night, Garden, Key, and Donovan series and some old silhouette titles including Reflections and Dance of Dreams

Linda Howard - The MacKenzies and starting on her contemporaries

Susan Mallery - Irresistable series

Also represented Diana Palmer, Iris Johansen, Lavryle Spencer, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart and too many others to count

Classics - Jane Eyre; Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Rose in Bloom Series, working on Jane Austen

AND last but not least ..... my Bobbsey Twin books from when I was a kid (and a couple others)


Subject: book collector software
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 3:22 PM ET
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Incase you are interested, there is software to catalog books.  I even bought the 100$ scanner so that I can just scan the bar codes...I think it's called collectorz.com


Date Posted: 7/3/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Thanks Cherryl,

I have thought about getting a scanner. All the cool kids have scanners....

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 9:58 PM ET
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Hmmm...off the top of my head:

Some Julia Quinn (actually quite a few, too many to list)

Julie Garwood- Come the Spring, The Bride, The Wedding

Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum series & Alex Barnaby series

Pamela Britton- NASCAR series

Parris Afton Bonds- Deep Purple


Sadly, I know there's more, but my brain stopped working, I think:)


Date Posted: 7/4/2008 12:23 AM ET
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My stuff kinda reminds me of Grace's setup there - the books even look the same:P - but I have 14 jumbo Rubbermaid drawers that stack in two units instead of a large bookcase, and they hold about 50 books in each drawer, and then two tall media shelves that will hold about 100 paperbacks each on them.  On the media shelves, I figured out that the units made for videotapes accomodate paperbacks very well with a couple of shelf adjustments.  Personally,  I like the plastic drawers better for keeping my books clean and free of dust, but those are good for transitional stuff I haven't decided what to do with yet.  I haven't done a book count in a long time, but that's how I estimate them - by about how full each drawer and bookshelf is at whatever given time.