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The Memory of a Good Book

Post by Krista Biggs
Posted June 06, 2014 in Readers' Advisory News

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"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
 --Oscar Wilde

While I don't entirely agree with Mr. Wilde -- I have read quite a few thoroughly enjoyable books that I don't necessarily want to read again -- there are a number of books that I re-read several times a year. As I get older, another facet of enjoyment I've noticed is that not only do I continue to enjoy the stories themselves but I also like to reflect on the memories of those who gave the books to me.

I was allowed free rein to choose my own books but found those choices influenced by the tastes of those around me.

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield and The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey --  two books with nothing in common other than I found them in my grandparents' attic. I've gone through a few copies but still have both in my home library.  

I read the Anne of Green Gables books, gifted to me over the course of my early adolescence, in tandem with the Pern novels that I stole from my brothers. I worked my way through my mother's Cherry Ames books before moving on to the Trixie Belden series (neither of us were Nancy Drew girls).

I come from a family of readers so I could go on for quite a while. What are the books that make you smile even before you open them?

Krista Biggs is a Content Specialist and Bibliographer at NoveList, and is the Editor of RA News.