Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Reading

Weekly meme where we discuss the books you've read
and those you plan to read in the coming week.

My frantic reading seems to be slowing down to a more normal Wendy-like speed.  I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved. I am just about finished with John Verdon's Shut Your Eyes Tight and will next be reading the third book, Let the Devil Sleep, in his David Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective series.  This second book is a lot darker than the first.  I am quite enjoying the series, particularly the more personal layers involved in the series.

I didn't get a chance to listen to David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day at all last week, but I am determined I will eventually make it to the end!

What are you reading this week?


Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Weekly meme where we muse over a weekly question.

This week’s musing asks…
Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?
My first experience with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice left a lot to be desired.  I read it in high school.  I was one of those students who enjoyed most of what I read back then, even the required reading.  So, my opinion of the book stands out in my memory.  For whatever reason, I decided to tackle the novel again a few years ago and now count it as one of my all time favorite novels.  My appreciation for Jane Austen's writing, her characters and the world she created grew considerably over time.  I am not sure why, exactly.  Experience?  Mood?  Timing?  Maybe all of those things.

I rarely reread books.  Okay, so that's a lie. I do reread books all the time these days. Mouse had me read Louella the Ladybug's story five times in a row yesterday.  And I've read Mouse's book about trucks too many times to count. But in terms of books I read for my own pleasure, I rarely reread them.  It isn't because I have no plans to reread books. I just haven't made the time. When it comes to choosing what to read next, I am more likely to pick up a book I haven't yet read.

What about you?


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12 comments:

  1. I don't reread often either and don't ever recall rereading a book I didn't enjoy the first time around. There are some books I read in high school that would probably benefit from a reread.

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    1. Kathy - I am not sure what made me decide to try Pride and Prejudice again. I am glad I did though. I wonder if I would be able to get through Brave New World now . . . I couldn't when I was in college.

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  2. A nice idea -rereading the classics to see how we feel about them now, years and many books later!

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    1. Harvee - I think sometimes being forced to read something may come into play in terms of our enjoyment--in addition to perhaps being in a different mindset for a book when we're younger.

      Jane Eyre is another book I've read multiple times--both as a teenager and as an adult. I love it every time.

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  3. I've got Let The Devil sleep on my stack. LOL I still have total recall of a few book I read over and over and over to my kids!

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    1. Nise - Haha! I bet you do! I wonder how long some of Mouse's books will stay with me.

      I am reading Let the Devil sleep right now. :-)

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  4. I've been trying to make more of an effort to re-read books, because it's always fun to revisit favourite characters. I really should re-read books that I had to read in high school, because goodness knows I did not like ANY of the at the time!

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    1. Alita - I think that's why I like series books so much--because I love re-visiting characters. Not exactly the same as re-reading though. :-)

      There are a few classics I wouldn't mind revisiting someday--particularly some of my favorites.

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  5. Your Musing Monday question has me thinking :) I bet there are a lot of books I read as a young lass that I would have a completely different take on, now that I'm an older gal.

    Have a fantastic week of reading!!

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    1. Jennifer - I believe age, experience and where we are in life at the moment plays a big part in our reading experience. It'd be interesting to revisit some old favorites--or not so old favorites--to see how much our opinions may have changed. I worry though, in some instances, that it might ruin the original experience for me.

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  6. I think the relationship between Dave and his wife and his son add complexity to the series. Glad you are enjoying them.

    I rarely take the time to reread, but I used to do it all the time. Now once a year I choose a favorite to reread...thanks for reminding me I haven't done it yet!

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    1. Stacy - I agree about Dave and his wife! They made the books for me.

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