“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”-Oscar Wilde
How do you feel about re-reading books? I firmly agree with Mr. Wilde. I’ve read most of the volumes in my large collection at least twice. There are a handful that are on a more-or-less yearly rotation.
Here are three that I cannot get enough of, no matter how much time I spend with them.
My favourite Maugham book, and definitely the novel that I’ve read more than any other. It’s a part of my literary psyche.
“The fact that a great many people believe something it no guarantee of its truth.”-The Razor’s Edge
Read it if: You’re always chasing after the meaning of life. You won’t find it here, of course, but you’ll likely feel less alone on your Herculean quest.
A brilliant, magical masterwork that always has more to give to the dedicated reader.
“It is strange how few people make more than a casual cult of enjoying Nature. And yet the earth is actually and literally the mother of us all. One needs no strange spiritual faith to worship the earth.”-A Glastonbury Romance
Read it if: You like looong books about the nature of the world and our place in it; mysticism; politics; and human relationships.
Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about The Outermost House. If you’re new, just type the title into the search bar. You’ll figure it out soon enough.
No other book is closer to my heart.
“Nature is a part of our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery man ceases to be man.”-The Outermost House
Read it if: You are enamored with the small mysteries of nature, and of humankind’s wee place in the universe.
Now it’s your turn! Please head to the comments to share your top books to re-read!
I’m having a particularly strong Hilma af Klint (1862-1944)
moment phase obsession. This extraordinary, trail-blazing Swedish woman is one of my favourite artists and inspirations. Although her strong mysticism is inextricably linked to her artwork, her paintings stand on their own as abstract marvels and aesthetic delights.
Check out some of her work:
- The Spoil of Destruction [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Jean Rhys Speaks [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- When James Joyce & Marcel Proust Met in 1922, and Totally Bored Each Other [OPEN CULTURE]
- Typescript second draft of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [BRITISH LIBRARY]
I’m re-reading one of my fave novels: the flawed but magical A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys.
And a homemade cupcake…
Dorothy Parker was born on 22 August 1893:
Scioto Audubon Metro Park:
“There are more truths in a good book than its author meant to put in it.”-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach