Do you reread books?

imageDo you reread books?  I find myself reading old favourites like Pride and Prejudice along with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at least once a year.  Revisiting books is like visiting an old friend, finding comfort in the words and story.  Some books that I read as a child or teenager I discover again as an adult and sometimes find new meaning or understanding that I didn’t grasp fully the first time around, or the emotional attachment has changed or in some cases, has grown in the intervening years.

As far as series goes, I sometimes have to read the previous book before a new one comes out, especially if it has been a while in-between books.

I have started rereading Justin Cronin’s The Passage and The Twelve before diving into  The City of Mirrors,which comes out in May, I figure it will take me that long to get the first two books read.  As it is roughly 3 years in-between books I know I will struggle with the new one unless I go back and read the first two.  While I am finding it hard to put many new books on hold until I am finished, it will take quite a while to get through such large books.  In a way I am glad that the third and final book is coming out in a few short weeks.  I know that if I had to read these books again it would be more of a chore than an enjoyment.

I don’t always feel like that, but these books, maybe due to their very large page count, does for me.  I usually find something I have missed out the first time around.  I am hoping that this time, unlike the first time reading them, I will find some bits that I skipped over before, something to rekindle the joy of reading them.

Do you reread books in a series before the newest one comes out?  Do you revisit some older books year after year just for the joy and comfort of getting lost in the familiar story, to bring back old memories that go along with certain books?

 

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Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown

imageAs Evie tries to get things ready for Rudy and Irma’s wedding things don’t go according to plan, as usual. The arrival of Peepster Perry and his secretary from LA spells trouble for Fiona, a former employee of Peeps, and for Evie, who just wants to get Irma’s wedding dress to her safe and sound, but this being  Mackinac Island, things don’t always happen easily. The arrival of the LA crowd expands when Peep’s wife Madonna shows up and all hell breaks loose! Add in the annual Lilac festival and a murder and you  have the start of a long week ahead.

While there is a murderer on the loose the ‘Fudgies” up in the Grand Hotel think it’s all part of a murder mystery weekend and that alone makes for a fun read!  The characters are a hoot and the mayhem surrounding Evie is her own personal black cloud that follows her and brings new meaning to Murphy’s Law.  The description of Mackinac island makes you feel as if you have been there even though you haven’t,you can picture it. It’s well done and it sounds like a beautiful place to visit.  The tension between Sutter and Evie is there and you want them to get together but things, like dead bodies, always seem to get in the way.

This is the second in the Cycle Path Mystery series by Duffy.  She always brings a sense of humour to her books that makes them all that more enjoyable!  Duffy’s characters are believable and well written and her style shines through this book.  I love reading a new book by Duffy, her cozy mysteries are a breath of fresh air and this one didn’t disappoint.  It’s a clean fun read with no swearing.

4/5 stars

 

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