Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for the week:
I’m a big re-reader—always have been. My parents always encouraged my love of reading when I was a kid, but one thing they never understood was my habit of re-reading books. My mom’s attitude was always along the lines of—“There are so many great books out there—why are you reading [insert title here] for the fifth time?”
I’ve always found it very comforting to re-read a book I’ve enjoyed in the past. In fact, when I’m going through a stressful time, or when I’m overtired, I tend to pick up a familiar book rather than a new title. I can vividly remember looking through my books the night before a doctor’s appointment that I’d been dreading—I passed up a stack of new books from the library in favor of a well-loved novel by Beth Gutcheon. There’s something about re-reading an old, predictable favorite that calms me. It’s kind of like going to lunch with an old friend—there aren’t going to be any surprises, but you know you’re going to have a good time.
There are some books on my bookcases that I bet I’ve read at least five times or even more, such as a couple of novels by Jodi Picoult and some books of essays by Anna Quindlen. There are some books with whole passages that I can recite from memory. I think this is part of the reason why I feel that I must own books that I like—I never know when I’m going to want–or need–to read them again.
How about you? Are you a re-reader, or is once enough for you? If you do re-read, what are some titles that you’re read multiple times? Please share!