Over the years, due to several moves, space constraints, money troubles and other reasons, my personal library has been pared down to my all time favourite books that I cannot bear to part with. These books are the ones that stand up to multiple reads and never lose their appeal.
These books are full of favourite characters who, after all this time, almost feel like family that I can return to during various moods. A lot of the new books that I read are eminently forgettable and indeed I have no interest in rereading them, not even when a sequel comes out (indeed most times the sequel won’t even get read), but these books that have stayed with me over the years are the ones that contain the best writing, the most amazing characterizations, and the most imaginative world building.
Over the next few months, as I will be busily saving for an overseas trip, my new book reading will be seriously curtailed. I will be using the library, sponging off friends, the collection at the MSFC (a seriously wonderful genre collection at the Melbourne Science Fiction Club – I recommend any genre reader to join and access it) and of course, rereading old favourites. This will mean that any reviews that I do will most likely not be current books (unless they are given to me).
But that is ok. People may not have read certain books when they came out. They may now be out of print and only available at libraries. It will be a pleasure to introduce these books to other people, perhaps get some opinions on what they thought of them. I certainly think a lot of them for them to still be on my bookshelves.