I’m consumed with book love right now, and both the objects of my affection are books I read long, long ago as a young girl. If you’re reading this, chances are that you, too, are a die-hard booklover. Myself, I was reading before first grade. I had an older sister and a younger sister, and all three of us devoured any books that came our way–no matter the reading level. We gobbled up the Nancy Drew mysteries, Donna Parker, Trixie Belden. Then we moved on to Louisa May Alcott, (yes, I know you read LITTLE WOMEN, but do you know LITTLE MEN? JO’S BOYS? The book about cousins–can’t remember title?). Of course we adored the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. And somehow, we found the Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy-Tib books. For young girls growing up in 1960s Florida, reading about a trio of best friends in turn-of-the-century Minnesota was just too wonderful. How I loved those books. Now, here’s the best part. They’ve been re-issued by my publisher HarperCollins, in truly adorably illustrated trade paperbacks. My friend Virginia Stanley at Harper sent me a box of them last week, and I dropped the grown-up stuff I was reading and dove right into the first, which is HEAVEN TO BETSY/BETSY IN SPITE OF HERSELF . Oh, bliss! I was transported back to that time in a skinny minute. My only complaint? My mystery writer buddy Laura Lippman got to write the foreword for these re-releases. I am simply pea green with envy. By coincidence, I was also recently given a re-release of another classic blast from my past. I’ve long been a huge Daphne DuMaurier fan. Her REBECCA is my favorite book. Ever. But as a young girl, I’d read another Gothic suspense novel, about a Victorian-era governess who takes a post at a mysterious estate in Cornwall. I knew the title, MISTRESS OF MELLYN, but couldn’t remember the author. Lo and behold, the author was Victoria Holt. I am re-reading, and loving every minute of MISTRESS OF MELLYN. Truly, the book holds up better than I remembered. Now, do yourself a favor. Re-visit an old book friend from the past. And tell me what YOUR favorite was.