My posting has been sparse lately, as a direct result of the olympics. For that matter almost all of my regular activities have taken the back burner to the olympics, first and foremost: sleep.
However, I’ve been thinking about the subject matter of this post for a while now. There are lots of book challenges out there in the blogosphere, and I don’t normally participate in them because of how rotten I am at sticking to a set list of books to read during a particular time frame. I’m getting a bit better, but I still need flexibility.
So I decided to think of my own challenge, one that I would be more likely to meet. More importantly, it’s a challenge I desperately need.
My challenge is this: Spend a full month reading nothing but books I’ve already read before. Not just any previously read books either, books that I list among my favorites but that I have only read one time.
With a never ending list of books to be read, it can be hard to take time out to re-read your favorites. I do it now and then, but they are sprinkled into the lineup of new books, and are usually few and far between. But it’s important to re-read your favorite books and get to know them better. It’s a luxury and it’s wonderful because you already know you’re going to love it.
I have somewhat randomly chosen the month of October as my Month of Re-reading. Mainly because I wanted to do this soon, but September is quite busy and I don’t want to compromise the number of books I can read for this challenge.
Here is a list of the books I would like to re-read:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The History of Love by Nicole Krause
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut
This list is just a starting point, I can add to it and read what I’d like from it. The first three listed are my biggest priorities.
If you would like to take the plunge too, and have your own Month of Re-reading, I heartily invite you to join in. Pick any month you choose, and any books you’d like. If you decide to give it a try, please let me know – I’d love to hear stories from others who try this out too.
I’ll post more in October once I begin, and I plan to do some posts that speak to the experience of reading these favorite books of mine again.
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