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May 2019



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July Books

The Secrets of Wishtide A Laetitia Rodd Mystery , Kate Saunders
Sandlands , Rosy Thornton
The Fire Child , S K Tremayne
Wonderboy , Nicole Burstein
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼, Hendrik Groen, review soon
Molesworth omnibus, Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
War Brides , Helen Bryan
The Villa in Italy , Elizabeth Edmondson
Queen Lucia, E F Benson
Miss Mapp, E F Benson
There’s a Reason for Everything, E R Punshon, review soon
Currently reading: The Champagne Queen, Petra Durst-Benning

Not much to say this month as I’ve reviewed almost everything I’ve read. I just want to mention the pleasure of re-reading. I know people, avid readers, who never read the same book twice. They’ve read it, that’s it, so many more books to read. To me, this is incomprehensible. Surely it’s normal to want to recapture the pleasure that reading a particular book has given you? Aren’t there times when no new book appeals and you want to be sure of reading something you know will deliver? I never tire of Molesworth (I read all four books again), or of E F Benson. I’m grateful to authors who can make me laugh when there’s not much else to laugh about.


I'm afraid I'm one of those who never re-reads a book. I think of all the pleasure from new books I'll miss if I re-read. So many books, so little time ;)
Strange! There are some books I can't bear to think of not reading again.
Kindred spirits!
Never rereading a book seems peculiar to me. In the best books, there's always more to discover and several years' passing can change your reading e.g. making you more sympathetic to a character from your own experience.

I wanted to say that a previous comment in this vein from you urged me to get a move on and instead of dithering about rereading 1984 (not a favourite, exactly, but I want to see if it stands up and it's always pertinent) as I've been doing for a couple of years, it was fine to reread an Eva Ibbotson on holiday, knowing I'd enjoy it. And I did!

Glad if I helped you make up your mind! Eva Ibbotson is perfect holiday reading.