I stumbled across a book group in my local bar yesterday evening, not the first time I've stumbled in this particular place but that's a story (or two) for another time.
They were discussing "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a book I vaguely remember reading a few years ago.
One of the members said something that caught my attention, he said he read Hemmingway's "The Sun Also Rises" every year in July.
Rereading books provokes varied reactions, one school of thought is dead against, as Frank Zappa said, there are so many books and so little time.
Personally I didn't have much choice when I first came to France, I had neither the money nor the opportunity to fuel my obsession with new books every week.
Now I do have the choice I tend to follow Zappa's advice, in this domaine at least. Although our conversation last night has made me reconsider.
There's definitely something to be said for rereading. For one thing, as my dear friend BT will be thinking by now, I forget every book I've read almost the second after I finish the last page. In my defence it's keeping my memory pruned and therefore fighting fit, and nothing to do with early onset Alzheimer's.
Another reason is that, with books worth rereading at any rate, there's always something new to discover, especially afer a year or two, with experience and a different look on life I'm sure it would be a new experience to read an old favourite.
So, now for the practice, I've convinced myself of the theory but which book to start with? I'm dithering and need your help, if you were going to reread a book (or more) every year which book would it be? Would there be a particular time of year to read it?