What are the books that you pay repeat visits to?
Last night, I was perusing our upstairs "library," trying to decide what novel I wanted to read. I have several new ones, given to me by friends during this past year. But ... no, not right now. It is the start of summer. My children had their last day of school and we did our traditional dance in the living room to -- of course -- Alice Cooper's School's Out.
There is nothing like the joy on a school child's face when they shout, "School's! Been Blown! To Pieces!!!"
It is summer and I didn't really get a summer last year. I want to travel to a well-familiar place, not somewhere new. Ah. "Dandelion Wine." I plucked it from the shelf.
The novel had been in the back of my mind ever since Jots and I discussed the book for about half an hour before we realized we were talking about two different books. (Jots, I still don't know what the hell you were talking about, Ray Bradbury doesn't have any other books with "Dandelion" in the title that I can find.)
Dandelion Wine is not Bradbury's usual sci-fi genre. If you miss the thrill of summer, I recommend it.
How many times have I read it? Gosh, at least a dozen. It is warm and familiar, and yet every time, I get something new out of it.
My other book like that is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I have probably reread even more times than Dandelion Wine. Dandelion Wine affects how I see things, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn helped form me, it shaped my values.
What are the books that you return to, again and again? And why? I want to know. They might be the next things I read.