I love new books. Discovering new authors. Slipping into worlds I haven’t known before. But I also love rereading. That’s part of why I love buying books–so I can revisit them.
Rereading a favorite book reminds me of that afternoon cup of tea with a squirt of honey. Fun fuzzy slippers. A hot bath. It’s like comfort food without the calories. Just opening to the first page offers a surge of delight. Even if the details are hazy, I know the story well enough to anticipate the joy of meeting the characters again and being transported to a setting that previously enchanted me.
I’ve reread books most often when sick or exhausted or stressed. I’ve reread after surgery. During the early stages of labor. On airplanes when I don’t want to give my full concentration to a new discovery. Between classes back when I was in high school and college. And often, these days, I pick a familiar favorite off my bookshelves because I’ve run out of new books.
Right now I have a few fantastic new-to-me novels and one short story collection waiting for my attention (thanks to my husband and his excellent Christmas-giving abilities and two awesome book-gifting friends). But I’m leaving them in a happy little stack for the moment, because I’m in a rereading phase. It’s January. It’s wet and foggy. And I’m sleep deprived. I want the comfort of opening a great book and venturing forth into a story I’ve already discovered.
I just finished Jane Austen’s MANSFIELD PARK, which I read for the first time about four years ago. Prior to that, I devoured Chang-rae Lee’s ALOFT (for the third time).
Right now I’m rereading THE LITTLE BOOK by Selden Edwards. I wrote about this excellent work of historical fiction when I first started my blog. I’m enjoying being transported back to fin-de-siecle Vienna, and into Edwards’ imaginative world of time travel, lush historical details and richly developed characters. I can’t wait to read his next book, slated for an August release.
What books are your fuzzy slippers? Do you have favorite titles or favorite authors? Or are you one of those readers who only reads each book once?