So… after 2 drafts of “R” posts (at least one of which will get finished at some point) and a book review that I was about to pass off as my daily post for the A to Z challenge… I finally came across an idea for “R” at (literally) the eleventh hour!
Re-reading. A topic I am sure that many of us bloggers, readers and writers have strong opinions about.
I love to re-read books. If I got through it the first time (without coercion), I am likely to pick it up again.
I have re-read several “classics” from high school and discovered that I like them much more as story if I don’t have to pick them apart on the first read (A Tale of Two Cities and Jane Eyre come to mind on that point… The Old Man and the Sea and Catch-22 do not. Maybe I’ll try them again someday).
I’ve also re-read books that I read as a younger child such as the Wrinkle in Time series. Well, technically I read that as a child, then as a teenager in high school, and then many, many times as an adult. I tend to re-read books by Madeleine L’Engle frequently anyway — as I have grown to know more about the author, I find it fascinating to see how her life influenced her books. And, of course, I am loving sharing books I loved with my little boy. So far my husband or I have read The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Littles, and Alice in Wonderland to him, along with countless Dr. Seuss books and classics geared to the preschool crowd.
I also re-read books that I particularly enjoyed. A thread on a page I was browsing earlier today led to this blog post… and I didn’t think of re-reading books as “comfort reading” until reading that thread. However, that is often what it is. As a child, I loved the library but owned few books of my own. The books I own now are those I have grown to love… and when I don’t have the mental or physical energy to tackle a new book or drive to the library to browse, I often pick up an old favorite.
I’ve mentioned on several A to Z blogs that I am currently re-reading the entire series of Harry Potter books for the first time since completing the series. I’m finding it fascinating to see how information that is used in the finale is slowly revealed to the reader throughout the series. I think that I am perhaps starting to read books as a writer (even though I have no aspirations of writing fiction!) and not just a reader, and that in itself is interesting to me.
Just some rambling thoughts tonight on re-reading books. So… what about you? Do you re-read books? What are some of your favorites?