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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. 28th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I actually found the Perelandra trilogy in one paperback volume, in a bookstore in Inverness, Scotland. I keep it mostly because it's a souvenir that way. I've only read the first of the three books. As you say, great premise and setting; can't recall much about the characters.

And I've at least seen the movie version of The Mouse that Roared. My family raised me to be a Peter Sellers fan.