When was the last time you sat down with a favorite book, maybe one you have enjoyed many times, and gave yourself over to that book for a good re-read? I did and the results were very satisfying.
Rarely do I reread books. In fact it is so rare that I can probably list most of those books here. As a librarian, I want to read the "latest and greatest" to help me find material to recommend to my readers. As a book club member I am always having to read the "book of the month", leaving little time for reading books I have already read. But occasionally I do, especially if I am in the mood for "an old friend." Here are a few books that I find myself rereading with some regularity:
- Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Both of these books are so important to me I can't abandon them for more than a year. I like reading "retellings" of these books, too.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I actually enjoy listening to this on audiobooks. It is a tale so well told I never tire of it.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I first read this series when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I am still completely charmed by its magical land and animals. It is full of symbolism and find new treasures in it with each rereading.
- Shipping News by Annie Proulx. There is something so quirky about this book I find myself drawn to it, sometimes just reading the chapter headings or small portions of it.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I have a huge Potter fan in my family so I find myself rereading portions of this marvelous series because she is.
Surprisingly, most of my favorite books and authors I've never reread. Guess I don't want to mess with my positive memories of the books.
What about you? What are your favorite books to reread?