Friday, July 2, 2010

Journal: Re-read worthy?

My friend Ange read Stephen King's The Stand every year for well over a decade.

My friend Jenni read every Harry Potter book again before watching each movie.

Few books have enticed me to read them again. When I taught, I re-read books that I'd first encountered as a youth: Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Good Earth, Cold Sassy Tree. All great books that I didn't mind reading again.

I will confess here and now that I tried reading The Hobbit three different times in my life. The first time I was seven. The last time was a few years ago. I never could get through it. It was a great way to get me to fall asleep, though.

A few books I've re-read because I wanted to see how they struck me as an adult as opposed to when I read them as a kid. Rebecca, Celia Garth, Gone With the Wind, The Long Winter, Pride and Prejudice, The Stand. I read The Count of Monte Cristo one day during the summer between my junior and senior years. I'd like to read it again, but am half-afraid I won't love it as much the second time around.

And, of course, I've definitely re-read Glamour.

Journal: What books have you re-read or would like to read again? What makes a book worthy of this honor? Make a list of the traits. If you're currently working on a piece, examine it to see if those traits apply. If not, how can you make it so?


  1. Great blog post!

    Hm, let's see... Well, Jane Eyre, obviously. Wuthering Heights too. Woman in White, Cat's Eye (Margaret Atwood), Taming the Beast (Emily Maguire), Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier). . . think that's it for now!