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I am pleased: Robin McKinley's Sunshine is getting a little of the recognition it so surely deserves.

She writes on her blog (she graduated from LJ to A Real Blog) (sensibly located at RobinMcKinleysBlog.com) that she wants to write the sort of books "that people take to bed with them, read in the bath till the bubbles are all gone and the water’s cold.  Or choose to go with them on long gruesome plane flights."

For me, Sunshine is quintessentially that sort of book. It's a comfort and a delight, and - in this crazy life I lead - she can count on me to keep buying copies. Through the miracle of gift-giving holidays I have arranged for it to be shelved at my best friend's house and in my boyfriend's apartment (I made him read it once, and I've read his copy twice this year). I've got a copy at my parents' house, one in my apartment, and another that sort of "floats." That sounds like overkill until you realize I have five copies stashed in four houses (three of which make up my "residences," in various forms), in four different states splayed diagonally across North America (Alaska to Florida. Whee).

That floating copy exists largely so I have a spare for airplane reading. After a horrible flight a few years back where I spent hours on the tarmac strapped in, in front of an unsupervised four year old with shiny (pointy!) new cowgirl boots and an apparently deaf little sister who needed to be entertained, I don't travel with only  new books. If they fail to meet expectations and work isn't engrossing enough, then I am stuck with nowhere to go. I carry one staunch favorite (often Sunshine) to hide in, when those disasters strike.

What books meet that criteria for you?

Date: 2008-07-12 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwenifyre.livejournal.com
I should read that book. Thanks for the reminder. :)

Date: 2008-07-12 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learethak.livejournal.com
His copy is actually my copy. I still have the slip cover for it. Unless he lost my copy and has replaced it. (Check to see if there is a checkout slip in the back.)

Normally, I would feel sore about this except his copy of of Guy Gavrial Kay's "Last Light of the Sun" has been sitting on my to-read shelf for almost the same amount of time

Date: 2008-07-13 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learethak.livejournal.com
Sure. I'm shipping his book to him with his present next time I visit the post office.

Date: 2008-07-13 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sngbrd4.livejournal.com
The Mists of Avalon is one of those books for me, the first one that springs to mind this morning. I'll have to check out McKinley!

Date: 2008-07-14 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krismee.livejournal.com
i heard this story the other morning - it didn't register with me at the time :-)
my go-to-can-read-over-and-over-again book is Good Omens by Neil Gaimen

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