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Revisiting Old Friends

I’ve never understood those who read a novel and never return to it. If a novel moves your heart or soul then it’s worth reading again. And maybe yet again. Sound odd? Not really. I have a small collection of novels that I’ve re-read time and again. Small—well, I’m not counting but it’s less than a library! Small—such a relative word. *grin* The point being, I just re-read the final book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series AND re-read the final book in her Infernal Devices series. In the near future I’ll re-read Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Those are only three books that I revisit now and then. You see, those books speak to me. As a writer, I like knowing how all the loose ends of a series of novels are tied up in the final book. I enjoy the clever way authors like Morgenstern entwine the stories of two couples who are actually years apart yet come together in the end. To be honest, in Night Circus, I didn’t catch the timeline thing until I read the book the second time! I’ve read it a third time and so many things now make more sense. You see, if a book is well-written, with intriguing characters and fascinating plot twists then you just have to read it more than once to get the sense of the whole. Nothing against those who read once then move on. But I applaud those who move on yet take a step aside at times to revisit old friends in the world of books.

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So Many Books/So Little Time!

Ever read a book series and discover there are a LOT of books in the set and you’re only half way through? And it’s a GREAT story! Daughter-in-law and I are reading Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I’m on book 3 and just bought book 6, the last one, for D.in.law today (late Christmas present). The last book is over 700 pages long! Boy, I need to get busy ’cause this is a set you can’t put down once you get started on a book. Six books—all long with complicated plots though the character list remains fairly stable. That’s a lot of work and lots of words. I am sooo jealous!