How come some books make us want to fall into them, time and time again despite knowing exactly what happens? I’m on my umpteenth re-read of Written in Red, a book which I have to fight my daughter for since her re-reads of it exceed even mine. Now, she’s 13, and while we definitely share many book tastes, there’s a lot of stuff I like that she doesn’t and vice versa. But this story? It gets to both of us on some primal, must-have level.
There are a lot of other five star reads that I have no desire to read for a second time. So what is it about certain books that every so often, I’m itching to pick up again? Off the top of my head, a few of them come to mind: Franny and Zooey by Salinger, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean, and Anne Bishop’s Written in Red series.
It’s not like there’s really any romance in this last one. Not really. Not the way I usually want it. And yes, it is fantasy but even that isn’t some epic questing kind of thing. I just want to spend time with Simon and Meg and all the Others because it makes my heart happy.
There is no such thing as a universally beloved book. But it’s kind of interesting that certain books become our touchstones. So I’m wondering, what are your touchstones? And why?
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