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Is it wrong to reread a book when there are so so many books I haven't read yet? Lately I have been in the mood for some Jane but have been resisting, telling myself that there are only so many reading hours in my life so I should be spending them on something new to me. But, what the hell? Maybe I should be spending them based on current whim, regardless of whether it is new or old. Actually, I feel no qualms about rereading if I am doing it aloud to someone else, but that doesn't come up much these days, sadly.

I started thinking about this again today since, during the free association that goes on during my lengthy drive in to work, I drew a blank on the title of Emma (and the name of the title character, too, obviously ;-) ), which bugged me. Of course, I was coming at it from a strange direction (Kate Beckinsdale), but still.


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Dec. 13th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong to reread a book when there are so so many books I haven't read yet?

hell no!!! Read what you want to read. :-)
Dec. 13th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
The problem is that I possess imperfect knowledge of what I really want to read... maybe the new book would turn out to be a new favorite, after all. But, eh, I can only decide now with what I know now. It would be one thing if new books regularly became favorites, but that has not been the case. I just feel kind of bad since I used to devour so many new books in days gone by. Of course, my most fevered reading rate was when I was avoiding required reading in school... I'm not counting that period of my life. ;-)

Anyway, such emphatic advice cannot be wrong! Grazie!
Dec. 13th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
join the club, we got book jackets.

nothing wrong with re-visiting books, there´s always new aspects to discover if it´s a good one. stories affect you differently as experience rolls in.
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
join the club, we got book jackets.

heh... now there's a club I can join without second thoughts. ;-) Speaking of book jackets, have you ever seen the LIBRARY raid ensemble?

The experience difference was really brought home to me recently when I picked up copies of assigned books I had read in middle/high school from a used book sale. They were wasted on me at the time, I am afraid... I enjoyed them much better now. ;-)

BTW (tho this info will be of little use to one so far away as yourself), the book sale was the Pequot Library Book Sale, which I haven't missed for years now. This past year I even showed up on Friday afternoon, which is mighty hardcore for a cheapskate like myself.
Dec. 13th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
If I am ever to reduce my material possessions to where they fit in a minivan or pickup truck, I will have to donate away all books that are not deep enough to be worth rereading.

[Not true right now. But, in this materialistic age, it's a good starting target.]
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
There is a way you can cheat a bit (and tinyfellow may want to stop reading at this point ;-) )...

For a number of years, I had to keep all my books boxed up and in storage elsewhere (for reasons too boring to go into). As temporary replacements, I got text file and html versions of all the ones I cared about from Usenet (alt.binaries.e-book and some other similar groups). The whole shebang easily fits on one DVD.

It is definitely more pleasant to read the physical copies (and sometimes the OCRing is subpar), but having these available was great for that period where the physical ones were in captivity. They still come in handy occasionally since I can grep them for quotations and so on.
Dec. 13th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have had this idea in another context.

Namely, troubleshooting the Moravec equation family that autogenerates Victor Vinge's Singularity. The 1999 sketch is woefully floppy. However, hyperbolic cultural information growth happening with only a quadratic equation is promising for the whole idea.

Note that the master site linked to by the second link has a moderate case of link rot. It was last updated in mid-2001.
Dec. 14th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
I had read about Vinge's Singularitry before (and agreed that IA seems a lot more likely than AI), but hadn't seen that attempt to predict it. I'll have to bookmark that for after-work perusal.
Dec. 14th, 2004 04:31 am (UTC)
having not had enough coffee yet...
i say if you want to read jane, read jane.

i, after all, have read all of the harry potter books 3 times each. a ba in literature and a master's degree in counseling, and i continue to read the same story over and over and over again. why? makes me happy. that is all.

however, if you are looking for a good new read, i just finished the pilot's wife by shreve, and, though not heady and intellectual, it is enjoyable.

for a bit more pseudo intellectual, and DEFINITELY worth a shot, try the book wicked. it is the wizard of oz story...but told from the perspective of the wicked witch. reads like a dream. i'm in the middle now.

page turning regards,

Dec. 14th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: having not had enough coffee yet...
ooo... wicked sounds interesting. I will have to check that out.

(btw, my sleep has been doing that crazy on again off again thing I had posted about in your LJ, more frequently now. Weird. Not necessarily bad, but weird)
Dec. 14th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
Re: having not had enough coffee yet...
just looked at the full title of wicked, which i had not the energy to do earlier when i posted. it is wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west by maguire (gregory i think). lovely book.

right now, in the part i am reading currently, the wicked witch is a toddler, being introduced by her mother and mother's Nanny to socialization play at a sort of...er...well, to use modern day terms, play school for the children of Oz.

such a good book. i am savoring it. i rather devoured the pilot's wife by anita shreve last week, but this one i am nibbling daintily.

as for sleep...i posted on my new sleep thingie earlier today. glad to know i am not the only one rather perplexed by this whole sleep issue. thing is, it is so much more fun to be awake and sleep seems like such a dreadful waste of time when there are more productive things i could be doing with that time. and night is just so...yummy and decadent.

Dec. 19th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
i saw this at borders today...
...and thought of this entry of yours.

Nick Hornby
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
I reread books all the time. Sometimes I enjoy books better the third or fourth time because I understand them better.

Oh and hi. :)
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
hi, back at you. ;-)

Yeah, I feel better about it again. On reflection I think I was just regretting that my life isn't set up so I can share books I love with someone else anymore. I mean, I can talk about them or recommend them or whatever, but at this point it seems I can't sit with someone I care about and read the book to them, talk about it, and all that stuff. Picking up a book I like to reread just kind of made me realize that I felt that way, I guess. Kind of stupid, really... things are the way they are.
Dec. 23rd, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Jane Austen? I love Jane Austen ^.^ Haven't read to many of her books but I love the one's I've read, Pride & Prejudice being one of my all time favorite books. I reread books now and then, I don't think there's anything wrong with it.
Dec. 23rd, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
I think I have come to like Persuasion most of all, but P&P was my first one, so I have a soft spot for that one. There's also a really nice adaptation of it (the 6-hour BBC/A&E miniseries), which is handy for introducing it to folks who use movies to find their books. Too bad the DVD version has such a washed out first disc, tho. :-( If they could put out a nice version I could dump my old laserdiscs (finally!).
Dec. 23rd, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
I love the movie, my best friend and I regularly watch our favorite parts of it since she got it on DVD ^.^
Dec. 23rd, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
It is great... it is hard to find people who will watch a show that is that long, though, so I salute you on your choice of friends. ;-)

A&E/BBC also did a nice Emma adaptation, if you haven't seen that yet. I wasn't that excited about the Persuasion adaptation, though I did like Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth.
Dec. 23rd, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
I have not seen that version of Emma, I saw the Hollywood version with Gwyneth Paltrow but that was so long ago I can't remember if it was any good. I liked Persuasion, love Ciaran Hinds. Have you seen him in Jane Eyre?
Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
heh... I was just thinking about that Jane Eyre adaptation earlier. I haven't watched it yet but I was sure I had taped it when it was on. I need to go through my tapes to see if it is really there or not. The casting looked good. Samantha Morton was in that Emma adaptation I'd mentioned, btw (as Harriet Smith).
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