The quote above is attributed to Francois Mauriac, French author and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. I didn’t know a thing about this man until I researched him, btw.
If we are to believe in Mauriac’s idea, one that I have never thought about before, then it follows that by sharing which novels I’ve reread I’m letting you know who I am.
Heart-wise, that is.
However before I tell you which books I’ve reread I’m going to insert 3 provisos, lest I be misunderstood:
✅ I know that some people never reread anything, but I do reread novels. Never non-fiction though, except that I reread cookbooks which are technically non-fiction so maybe I don’t know what I’m saying here.
✅ I know that some people who read novels then see a movie based on the novel consider that like reading a book for a second time. I am not one of those people: books are books, movies are movies. They are different animals.
✅ I know that technically rereading children’s stories to a child is rereading, but I believe that doing that is not in the spirit of this exercise so I haven’t included any of those books here.
Thus, without further ado, presented in alphabetical order, here are 9 books I’ve reread as an adult:
Alice in Wonderland* by Lewis Carroll
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
I Capture the Castle* by Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre* by Charlotte Brontë
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Screwtape Letters* by C.S. Lewis
Winnie-the-Pooh* by A.A. Milne
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance* by Robert M. Pirsig
* Books on my list with an asterisk are ones included in Books Really Worth Re-Reading, a Goodreads list of 753 books.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you ever reread books? Why or why not?
Now that I’ve revealed which books I’ve read more than once, do you feel like you’ve gotten a glimpse into my heart? OR do you think Mauriac’s idea is dubious at best?
What say you about “lame one-liner reviews” currently popular on the back covers of novels?
What book are you currently reading? Is this the first time you read it OR are you rereading it?
AND FINALLY FOUR READER COMMENTS…
About something RANDOM in your daily life:
“… there is plenty of ‘random’ in my life…. looking for things because no one ever puts anything back where it goes. (How can so many pairs of scissors possibly disappear?!?)… I’ll spend next Tuesday morning hanging small bars of soap in young peach trees to serves as deer repellent.”
“I stopped for iced coffee from Bad Ass Coffee today. They use coffee to make their ice cubes, which tastes good, of course, but makes me happy beyond practical reasoning!”
“Currently, I am on peony watch – looking out the back window all day. The older peony has already flowered and dropped all it’s petals. The newer peony (which is my favorite; don’t tell the other one) is so close to blooming that I can’t stand it.”
“As for random thoughts, I was thinking of how clean my kitchen will be once my kids move out. LOL!”