If you are re-reading a book at the moment what is it?

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Cheesesandwine Thu 31-Mar-16 21:03:43

I am re-reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Really enjoying it, lovely language with fantastic description of the mountains and farm land where the book is based.

I am now curious, do others re-read books? If you are re-reading a book are you enjoying it as much as you did first time round or less?

I am enjoying this more as more interested in her writing about the animals and plants than last time.

Not2bObvious Thu 31-Mar-16 21:05:52

I've just re-read (for the third time!) Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. Struggling to find good books, so a re-read soothes me

Not2bObvious Thu 31-Mar-16 21:09:07

I didn't answer your question! Second time yes as I noticed different things, third time I guess I just enjoyed the read but the bits that irked me (some pretty dislike able characters) irked me more iykwim. I loved the prodigal, have you read the Bean Trees? Very good, I think Barbara Kingsolver is a great author, really knows her subject matter

GnomeDePlume Thu 31-Mar-16 21:11:13

I have just re-read The Grass Widows Tale by Ellis Peters. It is a lovely comfort read. It is a mystery but was nice and light on a business trip.

My DF used to re-read the Swallows and Amazons stories when he was feeling poorly.

SnakeWitch Thu 31-Mar-16 21:13:29

I have read all James Herriott's books several times. They are my go to thing whenever I feel low or stressed as I find them so gentle and calming. I always enjoy it because I feel so comforted by the stories.

IdaShaggim Thu 31-Mar-16 21:13:30

Rereading 'The Map of Love' by Ahdaf Soueif' really loving it all over again!

annandale Thu 31-Mar-16 21:13:35

I reread a lot. Currently Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers

EricNorthmanSucks Thu 31-Mar-16 21:15:18

I re read a lot for work.

Currently enjoying (again) The Ice House m.

peachypips Thu 31-Mar-16 21:20:43

I re-read books over and over again. If it's an excellent book then I enjoy it more and more every time I read it! I have just re-read Nicci French's Freida Klein series as the new one came out and I wanted to make sure I'd remembered everything from the other books.
snakewitch - I own all the James Herriot books and they are my second most re-read books! First are the Laura Ingalls Wilder books... Third probably Jane Eyre or Anne of Green Gables... Or Great Expectations! Could go on forever. Books are the great love of my life.

GnomeDePlume Thu 31-Mar-16 21:21:51

I like re-reading as I tend to scan rather than read carefully. Second time around I pick up more detail. The Lord Peter Wimsey stories were beautifully written (I have a well thumbed copy of Strong Poison on my bookshelf, annandale). They reward re-reading.

SilverMachine Thu 31-Mar-16 21:21:52

I'm currently re reading Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

It's rare that I re read a book, there's only a handful of books that I would read again, but this is one of my all time favourites.

peachypips Thu 31-Mar-16 21:22:39

Silas Marner, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Lynda La Plante...

daisydalrymple Thu 31-Mar-16 21:24:01

I reread Agatha christie all the time. Currently on sittaford mystery. Weird to reread whodunnits I guess, as you already know grin but sometimes I find a different clue or hint! Have just found it easier since having the dcs, I don't have a lot of time at all and don't like wasting It on things I don't enjoy. Every few years I resolve to have a year off and search out similar either from her era, or written in the style of that era.

anna I didn't get far with Dorothy l Sayers, perhaps I missed the point, I think it was a Peter (wimpole?) probably got the name totally wrong, but I think there was a body in a bath?? I recall finding the sleuth irritating anyway and stopped around 30 pages in. Would you recommend any in particular?

SnakeWitch Thu 31-Mar-16 21:27:51

peachypips I would say we are kindred spirits except I couldn't finish Great Expectations as Pip was annoying me too much! Not a big Dickens fan but I did quite enjoyed the tome Dombey and Son which surprised me grin

daisydalrymple Thu 31-Mar-16 21:28:10

Oh x posted with gnome - lord peter wimsey i did start with the first one but really couldn't take to it. gnome and anna do either of you also like Agatha christie out of interest? Just wondering if it's an either or thing, or if I should try her again.

FinallyHere Thu 31-Mar-16 21:32:22

Squeeeek. I have found my people. Love rereading books. Often find stuff I missed first time round.

Especially love DLS. Any crime though, pretty much does it for me. I love rereading crime stories, especially those set in the 1920s and 30s. You can be sure by the end all loose ends will be tied up and all is tidied up again. Very soothing.

Hassled Thu 31-Mar-16 21:32:34

The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carre. It's the overlooked one in the middle of the Karla Trilogy, but I think one of his best - so intricately plotted and well written.

Hassled Thu 31-Mar-16 21:35:42

On re-reading books - when my father was about 60 he announced that he didn't want to be given books anymore, he was just going to re-read the ones he had (he had a lot of books - serious amounts). And I thought he was crazy not to want to experience new authors etc., but the older I get the more I see his point of view. He died a few years later so I'm glad he had spent the time revisiting the books of his past - there's a lot to be said for it.

SweetestThing Thu 31-Mar-16 21:36:50

I re-read the Starbridge novels on a regular basis, especially Scandalous Risks. I love Howatch's writing and how she draws her characters.

SenecaFalls Thu 31-Mar-16 21:39:47

I re-read a lot of books. Right now I'm re-reading Game Change about the 2008 US presidential election.

JoyceDivision Thu 31-Mar-16 21:45:04

I can always re read Michelle paver dark matter, a genuinely creepy ghost story and James meek the people's act of love.

I reread a god in ruins on holiday, a beautiful portrayal of a man's life, just a shame I can't stand kate atkinson.

Also reread a love song for Queenie Hennessey... I didn't expect to enjoy it so much and I sobbed both times I read it.. Ask did a god in ruins too!

Sgtmajormummy Thu 31-Mar-16 21:46:55

Last Summer I re-read Zadie Smith's White Teeth, not only because it's a great rambling story with very close-to-the-bone characters, but because I wanted to see how British Muslim society looked almost two decades ago.

I occasionally read a book through twice, so I can stay in the "alternative life" and savour it without needing to find out what happens next!

Fatrascals Thu 31-Mar-16 22:03:17

finally could you recommend any of those crime stories set in the 20s and 30s please?

magimedi Thu 31-Mar-16 22:27:17

Ida - i also love The Map of Love & have re-read it several times.

BertrandRussell Thu 31-Mar-16 22:28:50

Sense and Sensibility. For about the 900th time.

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