Worth a Re-Read?

My best chum plans on re-reading her favorite book from 2020, The Second Mountain A Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks.  At least I think that is the David Brook’s book she is re-reading.  Frankly, you can’t go wrong with anything by David Brooks!

That got me thinking about books that I re-read.  While many of my friends re-read fiction, I rarely do. I always have too many new fiction books calling to me. It is probably because most of my fiction choices are mysteries and one read is usually enough. I also try not to collect many books because I don’t have room for them.

I do have one fiction exception: Winter Wheat.  It is a beautifully written book by Mildred Walker and set in Montana’s dryland farming country in the 1940’s. My mother’s family homesteaded in E. Montana and my aunt taught in a one room school so I related to the story. It was originally published in 1944 and I vaguely remember my mother reading it.

There are a host of non-fiction books I have re-read many times, including:

  • Anything by Anne Lamott
  • Mireille Guiliano’s French Women series
  • Alexandra Stoddard’s Living a Beautiful Life Books
  • My countless simplicity books: my favorites continue to be the older ones by Elaine St. James
  • Books by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Books on healthy living by a variety of authors

As 2020 drew to a close, I read Wintering The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May.  I easily give it 5 stars.  I think it is spot on for the times in which many of us find ourselves. 

I devoured it the first time I read it and want to go back for a slower re-read. It will no doubt be one of the books I read many times.

I like one of her insights at the end:

‘Nature shows that survival is a practice. Sometimes it (nature) flourishes…..and sometimes it pares back to the very basics of existence in order to keep living.’

Katherine May

So read or re-read one of your favorite books and I will see you on Wednesday.



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