Re-Reading by Morning Light, at Noon and by Moonlight (2013)

I enjoy seconds, and thirds, and with books like One Hundred Years of Solitude, I’ve enjoyed fifth readings… perhaps more. There is something wondrous about revisiting a story after we’ve lived a little. Like Robertson Davies said, “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”

My reading life has been blessed with many great books. Some are superbly written… others hold profound messages… a few are delicious fun… all of them have touched me somehow. I usually reread 13 to 21 books every year, but 2013 has inspired a longer list. I’m excited to see what I’ll find during my travels into familiar words.

When was the last time you reread a beloved book, my Wicked Luvs? Care to share some titles?   
Witches of Lancre by Terry Pratchett
     - Equal Rites
     - Wyrd Sisters
     - Witches Abroad

Meredith Gentry Series by L. K. Hamilton
     - A Kiss of Shadows
     - A Caress of Twilight
     - Seduced by Moonlight
     - A Stroke of Midnight
     - Mistral's Kiss
     - A Lick of Frost
     - Swallowing Darkness
     - Divine Misdemeanors

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
     - The Golden Compass
     - The Subtle Knife
     - The Amber Spyglass
     - Lyra’s Oxford 

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
     - and the Sorcerer’s Stone
     - and the Chamber of Secrets
     - and the Prison of Azkaban
     - and the Goblet of Fire
     - and the Order of the Phoenix
     - and the Half-Blood Prince
     - and the Deathly Hollows 

The Belgariad Series by David Eddings
     - The Pawn of Prophecy 
     - Queen of Sorcery
     - Magician's Gambit 
     - Castle of Wizardry
     - Enchanter's End Game 
    
And Other Delicious Bits 
The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber 
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Haswthorne 
- Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
- Mulengro: A Romany Tale by Charles de Lint
- Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Doll Bones by Holly Black 
- Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon 
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman 
Blood Work by Kim Harrison 
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman

41 comments:

  1. Besides, any and all Disc World books by Terry Pratchett and of course The Harry Potter series, my favorite books to reread a billion times are my beloved Vampire chronicles by Anne Rice, can never get enough of Lestat :)

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    1. A woman who rereads the Discworld and Harry Potter might have to book-marry me. We can spend long afternoons reading to each other lol

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    2. Have to blame the hubs on the Discworld books, he introduced them to me and from that moment on I could not get enough of Granny Weatherwax,Nanny Ogg, Commander Vimes, Carrot, Death and his beautiful horse Binky and of course Rincewind :)

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    3. Your hubs is great man, then!

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  2. I don't think I would have ever re read any book as I am always rushing on to find something new...no "searching" for some hidden piece of information...but then I had kids :D So I re read the Chronicles of Narnia and the Hobbit. The Chronicles are definitely a collection that fits the "to be read at different points in your life" category too much hidden meaning for a youthful mind to recognise. Maybe they are what started my search all those years ago :D XXX

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    1. Hot damn, how the heck did I forget to add the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings to my to-reread list? I haven't visited Narnia in about three years; must go back. And the Middle Earth's gods know that I need to kick some orc butt, too.

      Off to add them to the list.

      Gracias, Gina luv!

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    2. Updated, and doing a happy dance!

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  3. My most recent read was 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' by Ray Bradbury. I recently bought a copy of children's book 'Bed-Knob and Broomsticks' by Mary Norton. I remember loving it as a kid, and I've always wanted to reread it.

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    1. I love, love, love Bed-Knob and Broomsticks. I hope you enjoy a bunch. You know, I've never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, I might have to give it a go ;-D

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  4. I copied the list! :)
    Absolutely right! If the book is great (in your opinion or others) then it has to be re-read! Every time we find something new in the story...

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    1. Some of the books, I consider great for very personal reasons (like Oh, Promise Me, which is important to me because it was the first book I ever read that was completely written in English ;-D

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    2. even the book cover can be dear to us for this or that reason. Like the first books I read when I was at school - good memories.
      The first book I read in English (except university program) was Dracula...and I bought it in Moscow while my study there. How can I ever possibly get rid of it ?!

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    3. Exactly! My copy came from the library, and the librarian was so excited about my enthusiasm that she gave it to me lol

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  5. Oh wow, you really are a worshiper of the written word. I have only ever re-read a few books. A couple off the top of my head: Stephen King 'The Stand', Jeanette Winterson 'Powerbook', Joanne Harris 'Blackberry wine', Bronte 'Wuthering heights'.

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    1. I'm a total word-groupie ;-D

      You know I just reread The Stand, I might have to revisit Wuthering Heights

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  6. I am addicted to books, I think. I can't help but re-visit my beloved Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon each and every year, as well as impatiently waiting for the next in the series to emerge. All of Deborah Geary's Witch books enchant me, and Linda Wisdom's Hex series is fabulous. Definitely going to copy your list and work my way through it. :-)

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    1. I understand the addiction. And once it touches you, there is no recovery from it--thank gods!

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  7. I recently read The Mists of Avalon and it was wonderful! The Arthur legends are told from the point of view of the women, especially the demonized Morgan Le Fey. It's a whole new take on those stories, and I especially love how the clash between burgeoning Christianity and the old pagan (goddess centered) religions is key to the story.

    A great read, recommended by someone that loves at least half of the list you posted above. :)

    Your fellow book lover, Jennifer

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    1. This is what I love about blogging. People keep you aware! Gina (above) reminded me that I forgot to a beloved series and a trilogy to my list, now you remind me that silly wirchy me has neglected to add The Mists of Avalon to my rereading adventure. Off to add it.

      "fellow book lover," indeed!

      P.S. Now I know why you burn moonlight ;-D

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    2. Thank you, dear Magaly! And I love your name, by the way :)

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  8. The books I have re-read the most are Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series, Tolkien (including the Silmarillion), The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, The Dark Reflections trilogy (for the images). One day, I will add all of the Pratchett novels listed :)

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    1. I can't wait to be done with AlmaMia's latest edits, for I plan to eat up the Otherworld Series ;-D

      The Dark Reflections Trilogy by Kai Meyer?

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    1. Haven't read them, but totally love the description. Will add them to my TBR pile. Um... mountain ;-D

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    2. Oh my gods, PetoskyStone! Now I know what you meant when you said that you reread The Dark Reflections because of the "images." I'm halfway through The Water Mirror and I gasped when I read about the faces of the mermaids, and Junipa's eyes, and the mirror, and the bone-yard... EVERYTHING is delicious!

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  10. It must be in the air....the thought and behavior of rereading....This summer has brought many re-reads for me and first reads for GK. We are team reading. We began with Harry Potter because Ms. GK is taking a class through University of New Hampshire, Harry Potter as Story Telling in July. We wanted to refresh our thoughts and insights and now I am reading Practical Magic and The Red Tent. Both are as I remembered them, good for my heart. And please do check out Something Wicked this way Comes. You will be glad you did. Oma Linda

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    1. I can't wait to read what GK has to say about her Harry Potter class! I added Something Wicked this Way Comes to my reading list. I'll start reading it as soon as I finish The Water Mirror, which is awesome--I think you'd like it. I'm leaving Practical Magic for later, hoping that we'll have the blog party this year ;-D

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  11. Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. Darkglass Mountain series, The Troy Game, and The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass (Luis Royo does the covers for these books, by the by). Uhura's Song, Tears of the Singers, Doctor's Orders, My Enemy My Ally, and Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane. Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams. Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin. Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffery. Dune. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Sholan Alliance novels by Lisanne Norman. The Wild Road and The Golden Cat by Gabriel King. Mark of the Cat and Year of the Rat, Uncharted Stars and The Zero Stone, Witch World novels, and, well... ok, almost anything by Andre Norton. The Catswold Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Sevenwaters books by Juliet Marillier.

    ooookay, so I have a lot of re-reads too. Being extremely picky as to genre and content (I'm sure you can see a few general themes in my list lol), and not having a lot of money for new books will do that. I could add to the list.

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    1. Yummy list! I've been going back and forth on rereading the Earthsea trilogy. I gave my copies to a friend, but I can always get them from the library. Speaking of libraries... have you considered going to the library for books? And with eLending, you don't even have to go, just click, read and delight ;-)

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  12. I have read and re read Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series they are brilliant. I have read her Avalon series as well but only the once. My other favourites for reading over and over again are the Earths children series by Jean M Auel, any one who has not yet read these must give them a go, they are my all time favourites.
    Thanks for the reading list Magaly, there are quite a lot there I have not yet read.

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    1. I have only read her Avalon. I might have to give the rest of the series a try, for I really loved her storytelling.

      Happy readings!

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  13. Good for you Magaly, rereading books! I don't think I have ever. But, I would like to!! I have some books, that I will never get rid of and cherish them!

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    1. Sometimes, it's nice to open a good friend and share a quote or two. We don't even have read the whole thing. That is how I feel about all my herbals. I don't think I've ever read one from cover to cover--I'm always skipping sessions and then going back to them.

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  14. I love rereading books, it's like visiting old friends. I've read all of Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver, and Isabel Allende's books several times, 'The Thirteenth Tale' by Diane Setterfield, 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane' by Katherine Howe, 'The Witch's Daughter' by Paula Brackston, 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey, 'The Forgotten Garden' by Kate Morton, 'Daughters of the Witching Hill' by Mary Sharratt, 'Corrag' by Susan Fletcher (although I think the name was changed to 'The Highland Witch'), 'The Mists of Avalon' by Marion Zimmer Bradley ... and I'm sure I'm leaving some out! I pretty much have a book in hand at all times, unless I'm painting or gardening or tending the animals. Now I'm off to check out some of the books on your wonderful list, thank you for sharing it.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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    1. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to The Thirteenth Tale? It's read by Lynn Redgrave and Henshall. I've listened to it, read along... and yum, yum, yum! Delicious ;-)

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  15. I saw this post late, but had to comment. I re-read all of my favorites. Most of them are on your list (Tolkien, Narnia, Harry Potter, Meredeth Gentry, Lamb, Terry Pratchett). I also love Patricia Briggs (the Alpha and Omega books in particular) and I have read the Black Jewels series by Annie Bishop so many times I probably could recite them. I love all of her books but the black jewels series is my favorite. Oh and the Deborah Harkness books (A Discovery of Witches and Shadows of Night) - the third one isn't out yet but I've read the first two half a dozen times. Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey are also favorite authors. And Molly Harper is hilarious.

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    1. You just reminded me that I have to reread some Mercedes Lackey... isn't it wonderful when we get to revisit our favorite worlds over and over again?

      P.S. You're never late here ;-D

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  16. I don't have any books to share that I'll be rereading, but I am looking for some new things to read. I'm going to be looking for some of the books on your list at the library this week :)

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    1. Do share your thoughts on the one you end up reading. It's always great to discuss loved tales ;-)

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  17. Once I conquer the first read through, on time and all deadlines met......my re-reads may fill in when new tales are scarce....so I have two I have re-read....
    The Tales of Beetle The Bard....to my grandson's...JK Rowling ****************
    Eat, Pray Love...Elizabeth Gilbert...but only to the Pray part....the love part whipped out the first two successes for me...really ( ps...romance and s.e.x. In books is like bathing with socks on...Yuk! ).

    Love your mind challenging ( well for me they are!! ). blog post's ! I feel so empowered afterwards! Thank You !
    xoxoxoDebi

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