Second helpings

It’s not often that I re-read a book – there are too many great books out there and so little time – but I am taking another look at my favorite read from 2007, The Thirteenth Tale, for a book club I am in.

It’s amazing to me how much I don’t remember about the book that was my all-out favorite three years ago, and that I am enjoying as much the second time as I did the first, perhaps more so, though I don’t think I could explain why. I suppose you could make the argument that you don’t expect to get everything out of one look at a really great painting. I mean, if you had the chance to see the Mona Lisa a second time, wouldn’t you take it?

How about you? Any books out there that you’ve read more than once? And what did you discover in the second and third readings? Do tell. . .

Author: Susan

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  1. Nicole on March 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    It is a rare time indeed to read a novel the second time. As you stated: too many to read, so little time. So I can only testify to doing this once in this lifetime so far. I decided to reread Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann since its sequel Unforgotten was soon to be released after a significant amount of time. I reread it, loved it again, and then read Unforgotten when it came out. When I finished the last page, I sighed out loud and immediately went back to page one and reread the book. When I finished it the second time, I went back and reread Secrets and followed it up with a THIRD reading of Unforgotten. Never before. Never since.

    The protagonist touched my heart so deeply with his passion for the Lord. It was like being inside his skin (absent his denominational persuasion). He was my male counter-ego in so many ways.

  2. Anonymous on March 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi –
    Let me start by saying how much I have enjoyed your books. I think I have read all but 3. Each are so beautiful and thought provoking in their own way. They leave me wanting more. Thank you for using your gift for God's glory and creating excellent inspirational fiction. I could make specific comments on each one, but I will move on to the topic at hand.

    With all of the love fest out of the way 🙂 I am anxious to comment on this entry. Over the past couple of years I have revisited a few books that I knew I loved and kept recommending to people. I have grown and changed since reading them, so I wondered if they will still hold the same “umph” for me. Is that a word? Good news, they did. The books are:
    The Hiding Place by Corie Ten Boom – Such an example of real life being stranger than fiction. This time around it spoke to me on completely different things. 1st time around on modern day miracles. 2nd time around on how God can use our lives at any stage if we are willing to follow Him, even through fearful circumstances.

    The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks – I refuse to be a story spoiler by telling why I wanted to read it again.

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – I remember where I was sitting and the feeling of overwhelming love I felt after finishing it the first time. I was surprised how much I had forgotten when I took trip # 2 through it.

    I peek into your blog from time to time and enjoyed getting to leave a comment.


  3. Clair on March 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I have some books that I have read several times…some of Robin Jones Gunn's Sisterchicks books, Saint Ben by John Fischer, Armando's Treasure by Melody Carlson, Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston. The thing is, if I know it is a good book, I would rather read it than start reading a book that is mediocre.

  4. Clair on April 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I finished reading The Thirteenth Tale…thankfully the ending was somewhat satisfying or I would have found the entire book disturbing.

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