Reruns tend to bore me. I change the channel if an episode I've already seen airs, and I don't enjoy watching most movies more than once. With tens of thousands of books to choose from each time I get the hankering to read, it's a wonder I would ever think to reread one. I don't do it often, but every now and again I feel the urge to revisit an old favorite.
As a reader, rereading a novel is like slipping into a well worn pair of jeans. It's effortless and comfortable. I know my way around the story. I don't have to expend much mental energy remembering character names and setting details. My mind paints a picture the moment I open the cover, and characters spring to life, fully envisioned.
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught. While there are many things I love about this novel, the emotional punch in the gut McNaught delivers in the last quarter of the story is amazing. I suppose I must sometimes crave that vicarious agony, because I spent the first three quarters of this read-through waiting to see if that twist still pulled the rug out from under me. It did.
How about you? Are there any favorites you come back to time and again, or do you never touch the same book twice?