Rereading vs not

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, by JRR Tolkien

Is it cheating if I dedicate today’s Photography Post to talking about books? Yes? No? Maybe? I make the rules so I can go ahead and do it if I want to? Okay, cool. I swear I meant to keep it to just a couple of paragraphs, but, well, today’s picture inspired just a little more than that.

I’m one of those people who rereads books I enjoy. The more I enjoy them, the more times I reread them.

But here’s the thing: There are some books I really enjoyed–some books that I utterly loved–that I haven’t gone back and reread yet. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to.

It’s not because I already know what’s going to happen and I think I wouldn’t enjoy them as much. Nor is it because I think rereading them would ruin them. The real reason actually tends to vary with the book.

Take the Lord of the Rings series as an example–and yes, that is The Fellowship of the Ring up there in the picture. I loved reading that series the first time. I devoured it. I want to read it again, it’s just that I know there’s an awful lot of description in there, and I need to be in just the right frame of mind to take it in. I haven’t quite been there yet.

Adam Nevill’s House of Small Shadows, on the other hand… wow. Again, I devoured this book. But it also creeped me out entirely. I’m almost in a place where I can handle it again–I want to be, so that I can update the book recommendation I wrote way back when–but not quite.

And then there’s Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk. As much as I enjoyed and recommend it, and as much as I loved the way it was written, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to reread that one.

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