Day 18 – What book could you read over and over again?
Books, Books, and More Books!
What book could I read over and over again? I’m going to confess that I don’t usually read books again once I have finished them. I am the same way about movies. Once I have seen it, I am done. Why? Because once I know the ending the book and movie are spoiled for me no matter how good they were. I am fickle like that.
Most of the time, I am the same way about men. Not about only dating them one time, but once I figure out a man psychologically and emotionally, I don’t usually want any more to do with him. The two exceptions to that rule were my first boyfriend, Tom, and my ex-husband. Tom and I were together on and off from my age 14 through 21 and we eventually broke up because I loved him but outgrew him as I finished college and nursing school. My ex is another story and we lasted 15 years, but we ended up divorcing because of his alcoholism. I am a true believer in psychological counseling before marriage or a long-term commitment.
Back to the book(s) I would read over and over again. I have two exceptions to my rule of only reading a book once. The first, and my favorite book…don’t laugh…is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a children’s book but I fell in love with it when I read it the first time. I was 37 years old and actually saw the movie and cried through the whole thing. I so related to Mary, the main character. She is 10 and has been orphaned when her parents died of Cholera in India and she had been shipped to England to live with her uncle. The book tells of her friendship with two boys, Dickon (the Housekeeper’s brother, age 12) and Colin, her 10-year-old cousin who is a small sickly boy and their discovery of the “secret garden.” No more information from me because I don’t want to ruin the plot. There are lots of lessons for both children and adults. Anyway, I was in the midst of therapy for my abuse and was learning to reparent myself (a long story) and bought the book to read to my “inner child.” I’ve been rereading it since then whenever I feel the need to.
My second favorite book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings written in 1969 by African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. It is her autobiography of her early years as a child from age 3 to 16. The part of the book that I identify with is Maya being raped at 8 years of age. The story is more than her coming of age and dealing with her trauma but also about the coming of age of the Civil Rights Movement. I’ll not tell you more because it is such a great book that you should read it yourself if you haven’t. I also reread this book periodically. In fact, I just finished rereading it last month. I have it on Kindle now because I wore out two copies from rereading them.
I guess I do reread books, but they have to be pretty damn good for me to keep rereading the. Most books these days don’t fall into that category. Or maybe it is just that I identified with the two main characters in both books. I’m not going to analyze that. Like music, I enjoy all types of genre in books including fiction, nonfiction, biography, classics, ghost stories, etc. Suffice it to say, I am very particular about the types of books that I reread.
How about you? Do you have a favorite book or two that you reread?