Books: Why Do We Reread Books
My grandchildren just amaze me. I learn something from them every time we talk. For example, I learned just a couple of weeks ago why children will reread a book that they love over and over. After all there are so many wonderful things to read it seems a waste to reread anything doen't it?Maddie explained it to me first.
"When the book is done I miss the characters." she said. "I don't want the book to be over."
Is it as though they have become friends and are a part of her life. Of course she misses them. Why didn't I know that? I have done that over and over. There is a book called The Last Convertible I have reread several times. The character, era and setting appeal to my idea of what a romantic life would be like. Even though the book made me sad, I still keep going back.
Maddie expressed the same feeling. She told about a book she was reading but had stopped. "It makes me sad," she said. "The little girl just woke up one morning and her mom and dad were gone. Can you imagine?"
Well, yes I can. I listened as her mother talked her through it and I suspect that the book will be finished. I hope so. There are important lessons in life, courage and moving on in books like that and Maddie is just beginning the journey.
My teen granddaughter and I talked about the subject last week. Elena is 17 and she does the same thing as Maddie. She found a book called The Fault in Our Stars and loved it so much she just keeps rereading it. Why? She told me that she just wanted to crawl into the pages she loved the book so much. She did take Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) home
so hopeful she will move on to something else.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. Not because it is educational or I need to remember the facts. I just want that journey and those people to become real to me again. I would add The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand to a list if I would making one. And this is just a few of my favorite books.
So the question is...What books would you reread if you could?