Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Is the juice worth the squeeze? Is the book worth the re-read?

This past weekend I was hanging out with my good friend, Jess. She had just returned from her book club and the book they discussed was Devil in the White City. I'm going to stop right here. You need to read this book. It's a really good book. I'm serious. I'll wait for you. Go. Now...

Back? It was good right? Anyways I innocently asked if that was Jess' second+ time reading the book. She responded with incredulity asking, "Do you normally read books multiple times?". [note this is a paraphrase, so April don't start] Is that weird? I don't think it is.

I mean, I read the Chronicles of Narnia once a year and I hit Tolkien up bi-annually. In fact I recently started re-reading Jim Butcher's Dresden File series and am finishing Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk. I'm a sucker for a good read. I love books that make me smile, laugh, and cry. So I guess the real question is - why don't you re-read books? It's like hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen in awhile.

Swing by my house and you can look at my library and see what books are worth the read.


Michigan Girl said...

I re-read books, definitely. I have read "Pride and Prejudice" multiple times, also "Bridget Jones Diary" and its sequel and several of the Harry Potter Books. I agree, it is like hanging out with a good friend.

Also, I have read "Devil in the White City," and it is so good. All the more scary because it was REAL.


Jessica said...

yeah, yeah, the book was good, I just wouldn't re-read it. I suppose I re-read poetry more than fiction.I just feel like there are so many good new books to read, I've really got to be hankering to re-read an old one. I do agree though, there is some comfort in the old pages of a favorite tome.