Tuesday, 22 November 2011
C.S. Lewis once said that he could not imagine someone really enjoying a book and only reading it once. Truer words have never been spoken - but rereading so often falls by the wayside - what with all these new books that are coming out everyday and with all the new books that you discover everyday. It is not difficult to understand why books that we enjoyed and have shelved as wanting to be reread just wait there, longing to be picked up again, wishing that you would pick it up and enter the worlds that exist in between all of those pages.
To read or to reread that is the question - as a book blogger you are always wondering what to do when it comes to reading a book that you have reviewed before. I reread the Southern Vampire Mystery Series earlier this year, and then last weekend I read two Sookie short stories and just longed to be sucked back into Bon Temps and interact with all the supes that find themselves there. But this is not the only series I long for - I want to reread Harry Potter. I want to go back to Hogwarts and re-live the wonder of Hagrid's odd collection of pets, feel the tension of Harry's first quidditch game, the genius of Fred and George's departure from Hogwarts, the Ministry of Magic ... I miss that world - and whilst I could just hire all the DVDs, it would just not be the same.
And then there is that eternally rainy place called Forks where the gorgeous Cullen's live, the epic love story of Edward and Bella. And don't get me started on The Vampire Diaries - the oh so lovely devil that is Damon Salvatore... And then there is Starcrossed that was on my mind forever after I finished it, and Gone with the Wind, Rebecca, Middlesex, I am Ozzy, Shutter Island, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, One Hundred Years of Solitude.... My list could continue forever.
This is when one must decide to create some sort of balance between discovering new worlds and people and revisiting the ones we have already encountered. And well that is what I am going to do. As soon as I have thought of an awesome name I shall start a feature for rereads, because well a life without re-reads is not a life that I want.