After finishing Stephen King’s 11/22/63, I have a compelling urge to go back and reread some of his earlier works, particularly It, which King’s narrator Jake references in 11/22/63. There’s a wonderful interconnected feeling in King’s fiction, which has only become stronger with every additional novel. King’s collaborator and close friend Peter Straub (Straub’s website) also writes amazingly interconnected works of fiction, which also make my reread list, especially the meta fiction of the Blue Rose novels, and his collaborations with King, the Talisman novels.
And then I watched the movie of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and I think I’d like to reread John le Carré’s Smiley books, too (John le Carré’s website).And then I was thinking about other books to reread, and Julian May’s interconnected series – Pliocene Exile, Galactic Milieu, and Intervention – are on my list as well. So my reread list is growing.
Sometimes, I will reread an Agatha Christie mystery – I find them so comforting and entertaining, and since I have read them over and over since I was a kid, it takes me no time at all to enjoy one. I know some readers never reread works they have already experienced, but I find that rereading novels often gives me a deeper experience. I notice symbolism and thematic points that I may have missed the first time around. And since my mind is not preoccupied with the plot machinations, I have time to ruminate on the broader meaning of an author’s work. Do you reread books? What would make you pick up a book you have already read? If there are works that you read over and over again, please let me know what they are, and why you reread them. I’d love to know.