What books do you keep coming back to?

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I’ve blogged about rereading before, but it’s on my mind these days because my son is starting to develop preferences for some books over others, and because, like many parents, I’m growing very familiar with (which is not to say sick of) them.

His all-time favorite is a little peek-through board book called Peek A Who that he got for Christmas; he’s suddenly also obsessed with a small Sesame Street version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider that came home as a party favor.

Because I’m trying to read to him in German, I’m also having fun rediscovering some titles from my own childhood like Anna Frosch, about a girl who loves baths so much that she dreams she becomes a frog, and Der Kleine Haewelmann, about a boy who uses his sheets as a sail to take his cradle for a ride.

As an adult, I’m always happy to reread Beckett and Woolf; as a child, I couldn’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes and before that, Dr. Seuss. What do (or did) you reread?

3 thoughts on “What books do you keep coming back to?

  1. For me it is a Cather novel as well, My Antonia. It never fails to reignite my own desire to write and remember. I go back often also to late Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters/Seymour: An Introduction. (My apologies: I cannot find the italics option for the titles…)

  2. As a child (and still, once a year, as a grownup): Alvin’s Secret Code, by Clifford Hicks.

    As a grownup, many books. I’ll mention one: The Professor’s House, by Willa Cather. One of the great novels of the last century, I’d say.

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