This Week's Topic is: 3 Books You've Read Over and Over and Over and...
1. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter
I’ve read this book so often that my paperback copy is falling to pieces. And I take METICULOUS care of my books. Porter’s story is a childhood comfort read that resonated with me all through my teens. I have very clear memories of lugging it on multiple camping trips and enjoying a cool afternoon in a tent in the shade, reading about Elnora and the Limberlost swamp. I haven’t read it in a while (maybe a year?), but I know that it will always remain one of my favorites.
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Perhaps best described as my ‘gateway’ to the world of Neil Gaiman’s writing. I’ve read this one cover-to-cover and then all over again right afterward at least once. There are scary characters, noble characters, and a lot of people just trying to survive. It’s set in London Below, which always seems magical to me, even though it’s mostly just dark. Oh, and did I mention that the author has a wicked sense of humor?
3. Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
This one was written expressly as part of a series of ‘fairy tales for adults.’ It is set in Elizabethan England, and the language and dialogue match the era. I don’t think I need to explain how utterly difficult that must have been to write. But the result is a intriguing take on the traditional fairy tale and a smashing good read. I’ve read it almost as many times as Neverwhere – it was definitely a comfort book during my college years. And a vocabulary-improver, too.
What are three books you re-read?