There are people who are avid re-readers. They may re-read their favorite books quite often. Perhaps they have a favorite book they read annually. Or they have books they love to re-read during a particular season. I am not one of these people.
Every once in a while, I will get a hankering to re-read a particular book but it is occasional for me, at best. I don’t have a good reason for not re-reading. I do enjoy revisiting beloved stories. However, I feel overwhelmed at times by all the books out there I haven’t read and would like to.
My thoughts have recently turned to this lack in my reading habits as I have just finished demolishing the Harry Potter books in a re-reading marathon in preparation of the final film. What struck me immediately after beginning the first installation is how comforting revisiting a beloved story is. It is like visiting with a friend. Or soaking in a warm bath. I find it very soul soothing. I was really struck by how much I’ve been missing out on by not re-reading regularly and often. It reminded me of Eva’s impassioned post for re-reading. (So much so that I searched it, re-read her post and realized exactly what I am missing.)
Having (re)discovered the joys of re-reading, I have decided to make more of an effort to revisit books that I love, whether they are on my shelf or at the library. I also think it could be fun to compare my thoughts to an old review-if I’ve written one for the book in question.
Here are a few books I’d love to spend time with again:
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger-I read this for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. A story about twins (have I mentioned my obsessive-like fascination with twins?) and London and ghosts. This would be perfect to revisit when autumn returns.
White is for Witching by Helen Oyemi-This is also a great selection for the autumn season. Another story of twins and ghosts and a haunted house. The writing is beautiful. The story could get a bit confusing at times with the different narrators and moving from past to present, thus I am sure I would pick up on things I may have missed the first time around.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford-This is another book that I first read last year. It was one of my favorites of the year. I thought the writing was superb and quirky and the characters so real and heartbreaking. It would be fun to revisit Bea and Jonah and the Night Lights.
French Milk by Lucy Knisley-Revisiting my review had me hankering for a re-read. I love France. I love quirky drawings and photographs. I adore travelogues. What’s not to love about this book?
The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman-This list would not be complete without Alice Hoffman. She is one of my all-time favorite authors. I could have put any of her books down as I haven’t read a Hoffman book that I didn’t like. Her writing is lyrical and poetic with the right amount of magical realism.
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts-If I re-read this I will be re-reading the entire trilogy. Can’t read one without reading the others. I do not read romance novels in general but I love Nora Roberts. I can thank my mom for this. Since she put the Donovan trilogy in my hands as an adolescent I was hooked. I haven’t read many of her standalone novels, but I am hooked on her trilogies. They are a perfect blend of strong, independent female characters, humor, the supernatural, and yes, romance. I like to think of her books as romantic comedies in book form.
How do you feel about re-reading? Is it an ingrained part of your reading or do you shun it altogether? If you do, what do you find appealing about revisiting books?