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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. 25th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Just used my Christmas Borders gift card to buy Diana Gabaldon's entire "Outlander" series in paperback.

The Great Santini
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Corelli's Mandolin
Jan. 25th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
You are the first man I've ever met to admit to reading the Outlander books. :) (I, in turn, will admit that I've read the first one, and thought it one of the few actually sexy and romantic romance novels I've ever encountered. With a fun premise, of course.)

Conroy's 'Prince of Tides' stayed with me a long while. I should add 'Santini' to my list. And 'Corelli's Mandolin' is already on it. My poor, long list...
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
My daughter bought me The Drums of Autumn - I haven't read it yet. Neither has she, being a bit young for it; it was a somewhat-random pick. I'm secure enough in my masculinity to give it a chance, anyway. ;-)

But I never even considered the possibility of reading Prince of Tides -- blame the movie.