I was talking to a friend the other day about books and reading and she told me how much she likes to read some books over and over again. I can’t do that. For me the thrill is gone after the first read through. As much as I’d like to relive the little charge I get out of a really great scene or entire book, it’s just never the same again.
While I don’t have a very good memory for trivia or details and couldn’t tell you character names or much at all about any book I read more than a few weeks ago except that I enjoyed it … or didn’t, as soon as I start reading it again, it all comes back to me.
Song lyrics are the same way. I couldn’t recite the lyrics to any song just off the top of my head but as soon as it starts to play, the words come back to me. I’m pretty sure this is not a unique ability. I just think that recall is the same thing that happens with books for me.
I’ve only reread a handful of books through the years and while I did enjoy them the second time around, it wasn’t as exciting. Reading a new book is such an adventure. You just never know what’s around the next corner. Or in the closet. Or under the bed.
This summer I reread The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve also read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury maybe four times. I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird twice and Sue Hubble’s A Country Year as well. Other than those, I can’t think of any others I have reread. There are probably a few.
Of course book sellers like to try to trick us with new covers every so often. I’ve been duped more than once into buying the same book twice. They just make them so darn appealing and I totally judge books by their covers so I’m a complete sucker.
I’ll bet if I just opened it up and started reading though, it would all come back to me.
My friend Deanne likes to read Dick Francis books over and over. She finds them comforting like literary mashed potatoes.
What books have your read over and over?