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Do you have certain books that you return to over and over again? My husband never reads books more than once unless it's for work, but I am definitely a repeat offender when it comes to my favorite titles. I actually wrote one of my college application essays about the multiple times I read George Orwell's Animal Farm (not a favorite, by the way) and how I had come to realize that, though the book seemed different every time, it was really because it kept revealing to me how I had changed. Deep stuff for a 17 year old -- wish I still had a copy!
Here are some of the books I'm guilty of rereading:
Pride and Prejudice. Enough said.
Agatha Christie novels and Sherlock Holmes short stories. I can tear through them really fast, and I always know I'm going to enjoy them, so it satisfies my book craving when I'm in between reads.
Something Foolish, Something Gay and Freaky Friday. When I was in junior high and high school, I read each of these countless times (waaay before the Lindsay Lohan movie, thankyouverymuch). Why? I guess I envied the lives of the girls in them for some reason -- smart, sarcastic, independent, cute.
Ian McEwan's Saturday. I love how this novel reveals the power of stories (and the desperate need for them) in our lives, and I also feel a pretty strong affinity for the family McEwan portrays -- it reminds me a lot of my own, in certain ways.
M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, when I'm feeling like I need to do some soul-searching.
What books do you turn to time and again? I'd love to know your put-it-on-repeat picks!
And speaking of books I've read many times, I'm excited to announce the winners of Lorelei's Baby Book Club giveaway from last week. Thanks to random.org, the proud new owners of copies of I Love You, Mouse are Margaux and Finley! Send me your contact info so I can get your books in the mail -- and don't forget to post about the book sometime on your blogs, too. :)