I have to admit that although I adore reading, there are very few books that I've read for a second time. I mean, if you already know how the story unfolds and what will happen, then what's the point?
But I'm re-thinking this notion. Since our Book Club started up last fall, I've found myself having to re-read a couple of novels that I recommended to the group. Since I read them several years ago, I figured I better refresh my memory so that I can talk intelligently about them. And you know what? I am enjoying them just as much on a re-read, and it's amazing how much I've forgotten.
Right now I am re-reading Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls (who also wrote The Glass Castle.)
Guess what? I'm enjoying the voice, the breezy writing style, and the hard-scrabble tales of this amazing woman all over again. Favorite part so far? When she rides her horse, Patches, 500 miles across New Mexico and Arizona to take a job teaching school. It took her 28 days, camping out by herself, and she was just 15 years old.
You gotta admire somebody like that.
How about you? Do you ever re-read books that you loved the first time around?