I am one of those people who goes thru brief periods where I read a half a dozen good books back-to-back, then take a break and get sucked back into my studio or to the computer, then cycle back to investing some time in a good read. A few months ago I read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and have been looking forward to reading the sequel, "The Girl who Played with Fire", (TGWPWF) both by Steig Larsson.
(BTW...read about the author. A very interesting life..an death!)
Well I was not disappointed with the second book. Perhaps even better than the first, "TGWPWF" kept me awake at night, trying to solve the crimes and connect the characters in my head. While I occasionally felt overwhelmed by the number of characters in the book, Larson gives you a variety of interesting, fleshed-out figures to become interested in.
I don't like to give too much info about any book - I love discovering every nuance without pre-meditated thoughts from anyone else clouding my judgment, so I'll stop the book review there. However, I do want to get to my question- how often, if ever, do you read a book more than once? What makes a god book great, and worthy of a second read?
There are several books on my short list of books that I really loved, that kept me thinking about the characters long after I shut the cover. Most of the time, and my apologies to the authors, I am in such a hurry to keep reading, that I tend to gloss over areas in my pursuit of the next "big moment". Then I am finished with the book, and I am left wondering...do I want to read this again? Now that I know the answers/ending, were there parts that I want to re-discover?
In many ways, I think that a great book, or a great painting, or a great movie, are all great because they keep you wanting more. You keep coming back because it engages you in some way even long after you are finished looking, watching, or reading. The characters become so real that you worry about them, you want to visit them, check in and see how they are doing.
Are there books that you have read more than once - and why? I'm always looking for my next great read.