We all know how a good book can sabotage the best of plans and change your mood. Well, so can the no book scenario. Since I’m a master of books, so to speak, I must be inventive when keeping my book-shelves full.
You may be thinking, how hard can it be? But reading a lot, like any other activity frequently done, causes the edges to fray, but I want fresh. And when you devour books, popping a few good ones on your shelf each week is hard work, unless of course, you throw in a few fun twists occasionally.
The solution? I’m a self-professed book explorer. Of course, I scour the Internet and visit bookstores. I read jackets and reviews, and I talk incessantly to anyone who’ll listen. But sometimes this is not enough. To capture the essence of a book, I have to read a chapter or so, which as you know, takes time.
Other than pure sunshine, nothing brightens my day like a good book. And while there may not be such a thing as a bad book, there are those that are not right for me.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce
In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back ~ Charlie Brown
So as a rule, if I don’t find a book engaging by the 100-page mark, out it goes. It sounds harsh or even sacrosanct, but it makes sense if you think about it. I have a website and blog and newsletter, all clamoring for new books, and when it comes to recommending books, there is only one rule – I want it to be great.
Now, while I never fall out of love with books, my focus changes. Sometimes I feel overly pressured to read everything new that comes to market, moving from one of the moment book to the next. I thought for a change; a more low key approach might be nice.
So, I started reading some of my favorite books a second time. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first, thinking the book would lose its intensity or not be as enjoyable. I won’t lie – some did disappoint, mostly though, I hardly noticed I had read it before. In fact, it wasn’t easy to narrow the list, but I did. Below are 16 books which are just as engaging the second time around. Enjoy!
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Books that are good or better the second time around:
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