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This Open Thread is Rereading Some Old Favorites

I was at the library the other day scanning the YA shelves when I spotted the Robin McKinley section. I haven’t read Beauty since high school, which was… let’s just say a while ago, so I decided to give it a reread. Turns out it’s been so long that I don’t remember any of the details of the story, so it’s like reading it for the first time, except that I already know that I’ll like it because I loved it before.

Tell me about books you’ve revisited. Are they still as good as the first time around, or did you find that you’d grown out of them? What’s on your to-reread list?

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

5 replies on “This Open Thread is Rereading Some Old Favorites”

I tend to read in gulps, which means that I only rarely remember characters names but have an odd memory for details and plot points…but rereading is great, even only a few months later, because I always find new things. I comfort read a /lot/, though not as much this year, and Tamora Pierce or Philip Pullman or Robin McKinley (yeah!) will always be near at hand for me.

I could re-read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry infinity times. The most recent was just the last few chapters as a read-aloud to high schoolers. And, oh, the tears. In front of a room of high school boys. Twice. And I made my husband read it.

Also, I totally love McKinley’s “Blue Sword” books. And “The Velveteen Rabbit.” I kinda want to go back and re-read some Lurlene McDaniels, just so I can be proud of how much my taste has improved :)

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