I didn’t mean to disappear for so long, but I’ve been up in the attic. Not for the duration of course, but for a good few hours. Since I moved home to look after my mother a good few of my books – mainly the ones I’ve read – live up there for lack of space downstairs.
I went up to pull of my Du Maurier collection, for Discovering Daphne, but I got pulled in other directions. It was time to have a good sort out, and to bring my records on LibraryThing bang up to date.
I got rather dusty, but it was wonderful to get a bit more organised and to meet some lovely books I hadn’t seen for a while.
Now – with a few honourable exceptions – I never used to be a re-reader. I used to think that there were so many great books still to be read that I shouldn’t waste valuable reading time going over old ground. But things have changed – I’ve changed – I want to revisit books, to enjoy the familiarity, to see if my responses change …
And so it was time to make a list of the books I most wanted to read again:
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Growing up in Cornwall, when Daphne Du Maurier was still alive and living a few miles up the road, meant that I discovered her books very young. I fell in love and have read most of them more than once over the years. After reading a couple of modern takes on Rebecca it’s time to re-read the original, and remind myself why it’s so special.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The sequels have just been reissued, but I think I should reacquaint myself with Cold Comfort Farm before I order them from the library.
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The BBC adaptation of the first three Jackson Brodie books reminded me just how good they are, and made me want to go back to the beginning and start all over again.
Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
Lifetime Reader wrote about this a while back, and reminded me how much I love Hardy. Actually, I want to re-read all his books, but this feels like the place to start.
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman
The first historical novel I read, and finding it again was a joy.
Mullion by Mabel Esther Allen
The perfect Cornish set children’s book. Sadly though re-reading is a pipe-dream. My copy was passed on, the book is now out of print and selling at ridiculous prices, and the library doesn’t have a copy. But I can dream, and hope for a reissue from some enterprising publisher …
Armadale by Wilkie Collins
Lydia Gwilt! Another author I love, and I want to re-read everything Wilkie Collins ever wrote.
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
I picked up a book by J I M Stewart, whose praise Karyn has been singing, and it mentioned a gaudy dinner. That made me want to pull out Gaudy Night, though I had been planning to re-read DLS in chronological order. What to do?!
Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson
I read this one on holiday last year, when I was on a blogging break. I loved it, and I would like to write about it, but I need to re-read first.
Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell
Sarah Caudwell’s name was mentioned in a LibraryThing discussion a while back, and I thought I must look out for her books. Then I realised I’d already read her books but the details eluded me …
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I only read North and South earlier this year, but I could so easily go back to the beginning and start reading all over again.
Women in the Wall by Julia O’Faolain
I read this years ago, and I was stunned. I’ve never read anything else by Julia O’Faolain, because I thought nothing could live up to the expectations set by this book.
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
I saw the film a while back, and I remembered just how much I love the book.
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
I don’t know what it is about this book, but I know that I love it.
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
My mother was watching this when Briar and I came in from a walk a little while ago. I remembered how clever the plot was and thought that I really should read it again.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I inherited my mother’s copy as a child and I have read it so many times, but it’s been a while and it’s time to meet the March girls all over again.
There are others too.
But, tell me, what are your feelings about re-reading? Are any books calling you back?