Saturday, May 9, 2015

For the Love of Reading

My husband and I are the perfect nerd couple. While we have our differences (he is on team Empire and I'm on team Rebel Alliance, he was Horde and I was Alliance, etc) we both LOVE books. We love reading like no other, and we both have reading lists a mile long. However, from our mutual love of books blossoms one of the major things that I do that drives my husband absolutely crazy

I re-read books. 

I know, how dare I??? It drives my husband crazy that I have read The Mists of Avalon like 30 times. And I'm not exaggerating. I'm on my second copy of the book because my first one literally fell apart. He just doesn't understand how I can stand to read a book if I already know what's going to happen. How can I spend time reading something that I've already read and still enjoy it? Well, it's simple. If I read something and enjoy it once, I'll enjoy it twice. Just because I know what's going to happen doesn't mean I can't enjoy the story. Good story telling just doesn't get old. I have a growing list of books I'm crazy about and I re-read them every so often, depending on which book it is. For example, I usually read The Mists of Avalon, The Firebrand, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal,  and The Other Boleyn Girl on an annual basis. I read the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, The Hunger Games trilogy, and the Harry Potter series on a bi-annual basis. I have a list of favorites that I read whenever the mood strikes as well.

Some books leave a lasting impression on me, and when I re-read them I'm brought back to how I felt when I first read them. Certain books are like old friends and I cannot imagine relegating them to the past. As I grow and age the books that I re-read change, but my love for a great story never does. Any book that I have enjoyed in the past has the potential to be re-read, but certain books are like a security blanket of sorts that provides me with a sense of comfort and homey-ness with the turn of every page. 

So when my husband asks me how I can stand to re-read a book AGAIN, I just look at him and say "Oh, I don't know? How can you stand to watch Star Wars AGAIN?????" and he shuts right up.