I bet this answer will surprise some of you.
I hate, no loathe reading books over again and again. I don’t think I have honestly read a book cover to cover more than once! I will read chapters or sections over, but I have never sat down and re-read books. Can’t do it, won’t do it, don’t like to do it. (Although kids books don’t count!! I can basically recite most of our well loved childrens books! Especially, Go Dog Go.)
I also struggle with e-books. I love the convenience of reading on my i-pad mini, but do not like feeling the pages turn! It is such a struggle haha.
When I was teaching, I’d teach the same books each year (if I was in that grade level again) and still I could not bring myself to re-read an entire book.
Now that I’m older and have seriously limited time, my TBR (to be read) list is so long I can’t afford to read a book over and over! Plus, I have set my lofty goal of reading 52 books in 2018 and I’m at 31…can I do it?!)
That said, I do have some favorite books that I certainly wouldn’t mind reading sections of. I will forever love these novels and they hold a special place in my heart.
The Great Gatsby was a major turning point in my life. I fell in love with literature my Junior year of High School. The thematic elements, symbolism and imagery of this novel alone made me want to become a teacher. Of course, it’s an excellent story and I certainly don’t mind that Leonardo DiCaprio remade the movie version. Ol’ chap.
My favorite author of all time is Jane Austen. If you’ve never read any of her work, it really is beautiful! I was slightly obsessed with her female characters and the intricate love stories of all those involved. Oddly enough, I do not enjoy watching movies based on her novels! Persuasion is my favorite book of hers.
I love love loved The Notebook! I remember being single, curled up in my big green arm chair, laughing, sobbing and wishing for a love like Noah & Allie’s one day… I loved this book so much I used a part of it during our wedding ceremony as a reading.
“The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it’s like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt that you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
And as for a recent read, this one. Wow. Tara’s memoir was such an excellent read. It was one where I couldn’t just ‘rip right through it’ like some of my other books this past Summer. I wanted to slow down, savor each sentence, each paragraph. Her writing style is simply beautiful and her story is like no other. It really resonated with me for many reasons; it really shows that how we are brought up and taught to believe does begin to shape us. However, if you can escape the crazy, you can make something amazing out of yourself. The stories Tara shares are gut-wrenching and more than anything she makes you feel like you’re going through them with her. I highly recommend it.
Is there a book you can read again and again? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.