After finishing my manuscript, my husband was scrambling around for something to read. I suggested Lamb, which is a new “gospel” of Christ as written by “his best friend, Biff.” He downloaded a free sample, and by the end was hooked. Then he said he’d buy the eBook to finish read it.
Me: Why? Just get a copy from the library.
Him: They have an eBook copy?
Me: No. A regular one. That’s how I read it. It’s not a book you’ll read twice.
Him: Do you ever read books twice?
Now there are two things wrong with this discussion. 1) He was skeptical about getting a real live FREE book, because he could buy one for his Nook. I’m sure the folks at B&N are thrilled, but our bank account can’t sustain four voracious, constantly purchasing readers. That’s why we have a library (and one that I keep throwing my support behind to remain full-service). 2) His honestly puzzled query about me reading a book more than once. Doesn’t everyone read their favorite books a few times over? It’s one of the last throwbacks from childhood, getting into a familiar story again. I don’t do it with nonfiction, but I’ve read Miguel Street so many times, my copy has literally disintegrated. I can’t find that poor thing anywhere!
Here are a few others I’ve read repeatedly:
Harry Potter (all but the last one)
James and the Giant Peach
Romeo and Juliet
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A Wrinkle in Time
Now you have books that you’ve read more than once, haven’t you?