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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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scholargipsy
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Winter's Tale: gods, I love that book. I own four copies on two continents, and keep buying it for people I love.
mollyringle
Jan. 25th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Hee, you even have an icon! I admire all the Helprin books I've read, but that one really shines.
scholargipsy
Jan. 25th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Yes, I am only too aware of the rabid dorkiness required not only to have a Winter's Tale icon, but to actually use it with a Winter's Tale post. Sad, sad.

But hey, if any book I love deserves some pictorial LJ love, it's that one.