“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.
~~ François Mauriac
So Susan Kaye and I were chatting yesterday about paralyzing fears for the writer. Namely, perfectionism. In particular (for us), the fear of creating a one-read book.
You know the kind. The story is all plot, and once you know the ending, poof! The appeal is gone and the book is tossed into the garage sale box. Like one-watch movies.
I am a hopeless rereader (and rewatcher) of stories that live and breathe. What Christopher Morely said!
When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.
~~ Christopher Morley
So what pulls at you to reread a novel?
Last weekend I curled up with a cozy mystery, Nemesis by Agatha Christie. What titles have you reread?
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