When I was younger, I read my favorite books over and over. Some of my favorite re-reads were Anne of Green Gables (and others in that series) and Stepping Heavenward. But at some point I decided that with so many books out there to read, I didn’t have the time to revisit those old favorites. I’ve changed my mind about that, and I’m returning to my favorite novel. (If you’ve never read Island of the World by Michael D. O’Brien, I urge you to put it on your TBR list this year. It’s a commitment at over 800 pages, but it is well worth the time.)
I began reading this one in 2010 while living in Rome, finishing it up early in 2011. I think of this time as my “previous” life, before my first marriage ended and before I had any clue it was heading that way. I expect I’ll read of Josip’s adventures and suffering with a different perspective this time.
I’m still early in the novel — while he is a happy naïve boy getting his first glimpse of the sea and falling in love with a sweet little girl. I’m reading this part with a sense of dread, knowing what’s ahead for him. But I’m glad for him — that he has this time before his world is shattered.
Do you re-read? What are some of your favorites to visit again and again?