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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?



Jan. 24th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Man I felt so hick town when I read the comments because I hadn't even HEARD of most of these books much less read them!

I always feel sad when I put a book down in the middle of reading it because I had such high hopes for it! To be let down in such a way is so disappointing. Sometimes I wish I could forget I read some books so I can read them again for the first time again. There's nothing like your first time. : )

My 'comfort books':

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl by Anonymous
Jan. 25th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
That's okay; I haven't heard of several of those either. :) There are a lot of books out there, though, and hopefully we can all acquaint each other with some of the good ones via this post.

I've heard of all yours--but haven't read the last two. Shall look 'em up.