The Books I Read Over and Over

If you’re anything like me, you spent some memorable moments with your loved ones over the past couple of months. I gave my grandson a gift card to The Briar Patch, and bookstore in downtown Bangor, for Christmas, becuase he shares my love for books. He can go pick out his own. I’m hoping his sister grows to love books just as much. ❤

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Photo taken at the University Inn, Orono, Maine. December 2018.

It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that I love books. I love to read. A question I was asked about reading recently prompted this blog post.

Which books do you read over and over again?

This is not even a difficult question to answer. I must have read Insomnia by Stephen King, published in 1994, a half-a-dozen times during the years that I was plagued by… you guessed it… insomnia. This horror/fantasy novel was soooo thick. It definitely kept my mind busy during all those long, sleepless nights.

Normally the books I read over and over again are different though. For instance, I love Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, published in 1936. Scarlet, though quite self-centered, had to learn to be an extremely strong woman to get through losses, a war, and more. She had a lot to do. She lost more than one husband, and had multiple children. And she built her own empire of sorts. She was smart.

Alex Haley’s novel Roots, published in 1976, is epic. A history of is family, and what a history it was. I found it to be a real eye opener about the days of slavery. I’ll never understand how people can be so cruel. Alex certainly didn’t sugar coat things much.

Another book I’ve read numerous times is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Published in 1939, this book was set during the Great Depression and tells of a family who loses everything, trapped in the Dust Bowl. They head out to California to find a better way of life. The book chronicles everything they had to go through along the way. It was not an easy life for them; not an easy move.

And all of the original Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Need I say more?

While these are the four books I’ve read the most number of times, there are others by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other great authors that I’ve read two or three times.

What book(s) do you read over and over?

Shannon

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