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Books you long to revisit

When you're in the middle of reading a book you like well enough and intend to finish, but it isn't entirely enthralling you, do you long to go back and re-read books that did enthrall you? I certainly get that way. I seldom actually get around to the re-reading, because there are so many new books I still need to read and discover, but the temptation is strong enough to pull me back to former loves once in a while.

Lately I've particularly wanted to re-read A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, and Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. (As well as Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and, as ever, The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, but those I've read more recently than the first two.) I think what I crave is the grace, romance, and wildflowers of the Forster book; and the crazy magic, the sparkling icy scenery, and the gorgeous vocabulary of the Helprin.

What books do you long to return to?

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kalquessa
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Every time I see that icon I just fall over laughing.
dslartoo
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ceruleanst made it; go read his comics! They're damned funny too.

cheers,
Phil
naill_renfro
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Yes, that's a great one.