April 11, 2009

Favourites - again, and again and again...

I am in the middle of a glorious long, long weekend and I am flying through my reading - might actually take a bit of a break today to get some other things done!
When I am on breaks from work I always feel drawn to not only reading great new books but also revisiting the old favourites - the books you keep going back to and can read numerous times without getting sick of.
For me any Jane Austen book fits into this category - I could read her books over and over again and never tire of them. I also find that I discover something new in each re-reading - depending on my mood, the time at which I am reading it or what is happening in my life at the time. Persuasion is always my favourite Austen novel but I find I "save" this book for special re-reads - I don't want to wear it out! I'm more likely to re-read Pride and Prejudice for some reason.
What about others - what are your favourite re-reads??

18 comments:

Jules said...

I never re-read a book, but I can watch a film over and over again: Bridget Jones, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre (BBC series). Maybe in a few years I'll read them all again (Austen, Brontë), but for now more than 100 books are waiting to be read on my shelves I just can't skip them for an old one! :)

Karen said...

Hi Jules - I know what you mean. Somtimes I do feel "guilty" re-reading a favourite when there are so many other great books out there for me to read! I do love watching favourite movies over and over again too.

Molly said...

I just recently posted about this very topic: is there time to re-read favorites when there are so many other books waiting to be discovered?

Because I teach school, I do try to re-read the books that I teach and I have learned, like you mentioned, that with each re-reading I discover something a bit new. The books that I look forward to re-reading each year for school include: Pride and Prejudice; Tale of Two Cities; and The Hobbit.

I am hoping to find more time in my day to begin re-reading other classics, in order to discover the subtleties that were missed the first go 'round.

claire said...

I used to reread more often, but recently have been bad at it. But I think it's essential to keep going back to the books we loved, from time to time. Given that there are thousands of books I still want to read, sneaking in a reread would be utter indulgence, and why not? :D
My favourite rereads are Like Water for Chocolate, The House on Mango Street, Einstein's Dreams.. and, yes, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice. Lol!
Enjoy your rereadings!!

Laura said...

When I was younger, I used to re-read books ALL the time! Now, I can't remember the last time I read something that I had previously read. I do, however, plan to re-read Jane Eyre and The Grapes of Wrath, since I don't really remember either book well.

Karen said...

Hi Molly - it is a tough one - to sacrifice new books so you can re-read some favourites or to just keep going back?? I think it would be good in some ways to be able to re-read books because you need to as part of your work - that would give you a valid excuse!

Hi Claire - I think re-reads are often important for reminding you what you love about reading - I often re-read a favourite when I am feeling a little low or in a reading slump. They always seem to pick me up!

Hi Laura - I am planning on re-reading Jane Eyre this year!

the_young_dude said...

That's odd, I never reread.. even the best books.

Mari said...

I have only reread a select few books (or I should say author). Jane Austen books (like you) and the Harry Potter books.

Rereading is especially fun before the next book in a series comes out or before the movie version is released.

If I didn't have so many review books to read I would be rereading all the HP books right now. :)

Cassie said...

I've just finished Sense & Sensibility and whilst I enjoyed it it wasn't one of her best. Too many holes, especially the rather obvious one of how the Colonel 'woos' Marianne in the end. I felt like I'd read the whole book for naught! I'm not familiar with Persuasion so perhaps I will move on to that one next.

I always re-read books. I think its really important as you rarely 'get' everything the first time around, especially with the classics. I don't really feel guilty about it because I figure time will sift the quality from the rabble of contemporary books so I'll eventually get around to reading the classics of these times! LOL!

adevotedreader said...

I love re-reading, in many great books you find something new each time.

My personal re-read books include Austen, the Brontes,Hardy, L.M Montgomery, Madame Bovary and The Plague.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend (and whatever you read or re-read).

Savidge Reads said...

I have two books I can read and read again. A childhood favourite The Witches of Whitby and my adult favourite is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Just found your blog very belatedly and love it!

Karen said...

Hi the_young_dude - I have heard some people say that they never re-read - my father is one of those!

Hi Mari - Ahh - the Harry Potter series - I haven't re-read those in ages!! You've given me a great idea now!

Hi Cassie - sorry to hear you didn't really enjoy S&S - I quite like this book (and the Emma Thompson movie version) but I can definitely see the point you are making.

Hi adevotedreader - loving the long weekend!! You reminded me about L. M. Montgomery - a huge favourite!

Hi Savidge Reads - thanks for dropping by! It means I can go over to your blog now which is great. I re-read Rebecca last year and loved it more the second time around.

Savidge Reads said...

Hey Karen, I think every Du Maurier is worth at least two reads she seems to put so much into every book and layers are shed each time I give any of them another read, she is wonderful and much underrated.

Nadia said...

My favorite books to re-read are: A Confederacy of Dunces and Cat's Cradle. I just absolutely love those 2 books. They are superb!

Karen said...

Hi Savidge Reads - I must admit I have only read Rebecca - but I do need to get to it and read her other work. I read Justine Picardie's novel, Daphne last year and that definitely put me in the mood.

Hi Nadia - I haven't heard of either of those two books! I will have to look them up.

Trish said...

I'm SO bad about taking the time for re-reads--too many books to read for the first time! I'm bound and determined to re-read Wuthering Heights soon, though.

Karen said...

Hi Trish - I remember that was a big favourite of yours. I read it for the first time last year but it didn't grab me at all. I'll stick to Jane Eyre I think!

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