To Re-Read: To Read…. and Then….. Read Again :)
I have seen a couple posts as of late on re-reading. It really got me thinking about this as book lovers, who usually have more books in-house and on our wish list then we could ever hope to read… what makes people like us drop everything to read a book again? Certainly you can not have that same “first time” experience again…. yet I am betting each and every one of us has at least one go to book that they hang on to and know they could read it again and again and love it every time.
For me, I get something a little more out of a book each time I read it. I may pick up something I missed before, or now knowing how it all turns out, words can take on new meaning, and I can appreciate the author even more for a turn of a phrase, or a clue to something coming that at the time… I did not realize was a clue of things to come.
I refer to books like these as comfort reads. Books I can turn to at any time, I know they are there… I know they will satisfy. I already know I love these books. Characters can become deeper, more three dimensional the second third and fourth time around. I now… know them. Not only do I know what they will do and why they will do it… I go through it all with them.
What makes me turn to these books, when again, I am surrounded by lovely books yet to be read…
It could be a mood… maybe I am going through something hard in my life and I don’t want to crack the code on a new book… I want to go where the characters are known, where I can enjoy a butter beer (oops… have I said too much? ) Perhaps I am tired, or in need of an old friend… but time and again I will visit these books.
My list … currently is short. While I have many books that I keep and feel I may one day re-read… there are few that I actually have.
The Harry Potter series. All of them.
Seriously… every time I talk about them I want to read them (like now!). I can easily go back to Hogwarts any time and see these fantastic characters. Every year I read at least one of these books. When book 7 came out I read through it quickly in three days to avoid hearing any spoilers… and then turned around and read it again that same week… more slowly, savoring and enjoying every page.
Summerhouse is truly a magical read of what if you could go back and make a different choice… I ADORE this book. Every time I see it somewhere at a sale I buy it to give to friends. I personally own two paperbacks of it and two hardcovers, one in large print. Fantastic book I have read probably 5 times so far…
Dance Upon The Air was our first ever book club pick in August of 2001. At that time, and to still to this day, I am not a Nora Roberts fan. Never much of a romance reader…. HOWEVER – this is not Nora’s typical fare…. this series is about three women with powers…. one who doesn’t know she has them (Nell, Dance Upon The Air), one who knows she has them but wished she did not (Ripley, Heaven and Earth) and one who has them, loves the ability to do good…. and embraces them, (Mia, Face The Fire). For the record…. Mia is also my favorite all time female character. She is tough, independent, beautiful, and the owner of a book store. Seriously, what is not to love? About every couple of years I read this series again… and…. I am about due….
No classics on this list…. yet. While I have classics I adore (To Kill A Mockingbird), I still love basking in the memory of the story and as of yet, do not wish to dive in again.