Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Road Trip Wednesday: Groundhog Day Edition
In New England we are DESPERATE for spring. I am home again for another snow day. The kids are pushing the limits of cabin fever. When I opened the door to let the dogs out this morning I couldn't see anything, but could hear the tiny clinks of icy rain hitting the mountains of snow in our yard.
Today's road trip: Pretend you're Bill Murray in the 1993 movie-- what book would you read over & over forever?
Ummm, this is a tough one. I love to re-read the books I love. For years I stuck really closely to books I enjoyed, and periodically worked my way through them. Recently, since I've discovered the wondrous world of YA, I've been much too intent on my TBR pile to go back to the old favorites.
There is a short list of books I've read dozens of times: The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany both by John Irving. Classics like Rebecca (Daphne duMaurier), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Persuasion (Jane Austen), and Nine Coaches Waiting (Mary Stewart).
My mom introduced me to historical romance of Alexandra Ripley, and I've read some of hers over and over and over again. My Aunt Pat got me hooked on Diana Gabaldon, and I have re-read the early ones... but there are so many now, and they are SO long that I don't feel like I'll ever have enough time to fly through them again.
This post makes me realize I have been wanting to re-read a book lately, but keep putting it off: A Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. I read it multiple times in the late 1990s, and for some reason passed it to a friend and stopped reading her books. I am not sure why, because every book of hers I read I adored.
That's my choice! It's such a multi-layered book it would keep me occupied for weeks, and I am sure that I would understand the book differently now than I did as a college student. Like most of her work, the book is about family, relationships, and the intertwining of an immigrant's roots with their modern life.
If you were stuck in Groundhog Day, what book would you choose to read over and over?
Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival hosted by the ladies of YAHighway. Hop to their site to see what book the participants would read over and over again.