Do you ever reread books? Nowadays, I only reread books for two reasons: 1) my book club has picked a book that I’ve previously read, or 2) my daughter is reading it for school and I thought it would be fun to discuss it with her. Before I had an e reader though, it was quite common practice for me to pick a book off my shelf and look at it with fresh eyes.
Today, I am going to give you a snap shot into some of the books I’ve read over again. Some of them you may know, others you will probably be a little surprised.
- “Rich Man, Poor Man” by Irwin Shaw. Odd choice- I know. You’ve heard about my Mother, right? When I was younger I was above my grade in reading. When I was in sixth grade my Mother repeatedly reminded me that the elementary school had been bringing in High School books for me since 3rd grade. When you gave me money for the 6th grade book fair, the stipulation was that I buy a book from the “adult” shelf. My delusional Mother must have assumed that this section would be filled with classics. Alas, it was filled with best seller types. When I was in 6th grade, that sort of became the year of the mini series: Rich, Man Poor, Man was the show to watch. Needless to say, the book it was based on was immensely popular. This was the first, let’s say tawdry novel that I had ever read. And re read. And read again.
- “The Outsiders” SE Hinton. This book stole my young heart. When my daughter had to read it in sixth grade I was thrilled to go along for the ride with her. Stay Gold Pony Boy.
- “Are You There God, It’s me Margeret” by Judy Blume. Puberty. Angst. So beautifully portrayed for me…..loved this book.
- “Lace” by Shirley Conran. I got an advance readers copy of this book when I was around a senior in high school, maybe college Freshman. This was the first book I read that had somewhat explicit sexuality…..good times…
- “Gone with the Wind” Margaret Mitchell. Scarlet O’Hara was the toughest woman I had ever encountered in fiction. She might still be. Long live tough women.
- “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen. Come on. I want to be Elizabeth Bennett
- “Yurtle the Turtle” by Dr. Suess. This was the first book that I truly loved. I still have my copy from the 1960’s, the only book I have kept from my youth. That’s how much it means to me. Love of the written word starts here.
- “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” Betty Smith. Just a special coming of age story. Love love love.
- “And then There Were None” Agatha Christie. I thought this was so clever- my favorite Christie.
- “Catcher in the Rye” JD Salinger. Ohhhh this book kind of crushes me when I read it. Sad and funny and everything.
So here’s the question: Do you reread books? If so, which are the standouts?