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Re-reading and all that jazz

I am, therefore I read.

I envy those people who have the patience and endurance to re-read books they once enjoyed.  I just can't bring myself to do it.  There are so many books out there that I'm just dying to sink my teeth into so I see it as a monumental waste of time to re-read a book - admittedly one I enjoyed immensely at the time - when I have already gotten everything I can out of it,  learned everything I ever will from it.  I have an unquenchable thirst to constantly learn and experience new things and because of this, re-reading just doesn't appeal.  But then, I know so many people who do it.  One of them being my Mister, who only really ever reads books he's already read. And it kinda makes me angry.....

I even considered once devoting a whole year to re-reading books.  This is kinda what that year would look like:

Cloud Atlas: A Novel

There are no words. Oh, wait, maybe one - EPIC.  And now The Wachowski Brothers, of The Matrix fame, are making a film to star Tom Hanks (could I BE more excited?!), Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent (l.o.v.e him).  More on that story here.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

It will inspire.  Fact.  Gretchen also runs a blog to help everyone keep up with their happiness resolutions.  You can follow that here.

The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us

Positively fascinating, whether you like bees or not.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Easily accessible - and very very funny -  tome on the history of the creation of the earth. It will blow your mind.  I couldn't put it down.

Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)

It is BIG. I know.  But the comedy is so ahead of it's time.  A Monty Python movie set in 15th century Spain.  And you'll be so proud of yourself when you finish it.

Life of Pi

The ending of this book has stayed with me forever.  Absolutely haunting.

What do you say, is there true value in re-reading books?

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