Re-Read Me

Make them readers when they are young and have no will to resist.

Make them readers when they are young and have no will to resist.

So I like to read books more than once. Apparently not everyone does this. I know this because my spouse will spot me re-reading a book and say, “So you’re reading that again?” Yes. Yes I am.

I’m not proud of my re-reading habits, especially since the library is full of books that I haven’t read. Shouldn’t I be improving my mind by encountering new ideas, characters, settings? Yes. But sometimes it’s not what my mind wants. My mind wants to slip into a familiar place. It’s like wearing an old sweatshirt. It feels good.

Here are some books that I’ve read more than once:

  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Cracker Factory – Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Harry Potter 1 – 7 – J. K. Rowling
  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
  • The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell

It’s kind of a weird hodge-podge of stuff, isn’t it?

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I noticed a funny thing about myself the other day. I hadn’t been keeping up with my tai chi practice (long story) and I thought maybe I should go back to class. I tried to do the form on my own, and I found that I had forgotten a lot. So I got out the book* and tried to figure out the missing steps from the pictures. I decided I had to do this because I couldn’t go to class without re-learning the form. The teacher or other students might see me making mistakes!

You may be laughing at this point. I am laughing at myself too. I can’t go back to class until I perfect my form– which is what class is for. Continue reading