Do you re-read favourite books?

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LogartyMaya
Do you re-read favourite books?

I've been a bit stressed out this week (Christmas looming, loads of stuff to sort out etc) and my instinct, as always, was to find a good re-read to dive into. This time it's Starter for Ten by David Nicholls (released as a Kindle freebie) but I have a stash of old favourites that I turn to at times like these.

Is it just me, or do other people comfort-read? It's my favourite way to de-stress (and better for me than comfort eating I guess!)

goldenfool
Me too! I re-visit books all

Me too! I re-visit books all the time - Aldous Huxley, David Lodge, Ben Elton, India Knight, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Robin Hobb to name just a few (and yes I know there are some guilty reading pleasures in there, but I'm not elaborating on which ones I think those are!)

I read constantly, but sometimes only an old favourite will do. To me, it feels like putting on an old, comfy pair of slippers.

Sybil
Of course… doesn't everyone?

Of course… doesn't everyone?

Although it can be disappointing. I recently tried to re-read The Secret History (Donna Tartt), which I devoured 20 years ago over a weekend. I can't put my finger on what didn't work for me, but somehow it just didn't grab me in the same way. The last time I read it I'd recently graduated; maybe I'm not idealistic – or young – enough to appreciate it now.

Thomas
I sometimes re-read, but

I sometimes re-read, but usually short stories, poems or favourite passages, paragraphs etc. I agree (Sybil) that it can often be disappointing when a complete favourite book fails to grab you in the same way.

About a year ago I did re-read a complete novel which I had read in my twenties! It was by the Russian author, PD Ouspensky, better known for his philosophical works, but he wrote one novel "Strange Life of Ivan Osokin". The main character visits a magician who sends him back to his schooldays (he is aware of this when he arrives back), so he can put right all the mistakes he made at key moments in his life. A bit like a re-read I suppose. Well, you can guess what happens I'm sure, but the work does have a strange fascination about it and worth a try if you like that sort of thing.

LogartyMaya
The premise of the Ouspensky

The premise of the Ouspensky novel caught my imagination and I looked it up straight away. I've discovered it's available as an ebook and have downloaded it for my Kindle. Thanks for the recommendation!

Thomas
It may not be quite the

It may not be quite the comfort read you're seeking, LogartyMaya, but it isn't heavy and I hope you enjoy it!

Sybil
Although I don't usually get

Although I don't usually get on with gadgets, I'm starting to experience Kindle envy @LogartyMaya - you make it sound so simple. And instantaneous - which I suppose it is. Hmmm.

LogartyMaya
The downside of e-readers is

The downside of e-readers is that impulse buys are a bit too easy as you've all seen! I rarely regret them, though, and I'm looking forward to starting 'Strange Life of Ivan Osokin'.

There's something luxurious about being in a café, train, hospital waiting room or whatever and being able to browse through a hundred or more titles and choose something to read. I have some excellent books on my Kindle (including some great comfort reads!)

Thomas
I'm experience that same

I'm experience that same "Kindle envy" as you Sybil. You are a very bad influence LogartyMaya!

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