I'm feeling chatty, and I wanted to talk about books. I had a discussion years ago with an acquaintance who described herself as an avid reader, and yet looked completely baffled when I said I frequently reread favorite books. I can't quite get my head around the concept of reading a book you love only once and being done with it. Even when I was little, I always had a couple of old favorites in the stack I took home from the library every Saturday morning. Do you guys reread? If so, do you reread the whole book, or just the "good parts"?
Possibly this is on my mind because I've been having a little orgy of rereading going on. I take the subway to and from work, which translates into anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes of reading time per day, guaranteed, and I've been too hot when I get home to turn on my laptop, so I've been stretching out under a ceiling fan and opening well-loved books.
Recently reread: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. The Sherlock Holmes canon. Good Night, Mr. Holmes + Good Morning, Irene + Irene at Large + Irene's Last Waltz by Carole Nelson Douglas. The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters. Next up for rereading will most likely be something from Gillian Roberts's Amanda Pepper series, another book from the Brother Cadfael series, the two-book Mordant's Need series by Stephen R. Donaldson, or Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series. And maybe Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday, if I don't want to get sucked into a whole series.
I surprised myself by wanting to write fanfic for the Hunger Games series (specifically, a meeting between Cinna and Gale - NEEDS MORE CINNA AND GALE!), because I've never been all that interested in fanfic based on textual canons. I tried explaining this once before, to my lovely beta, and I don't think I said it very well, but basically my feeling is that fanfic based on a show or a movie is clearly work in a different medium, possibly able to do certain things that the original medium could not. Textual canon precludes that possibility of transformation. Which is not to say that fanfic based on textual canon is worthless or stupid or presumptive or anything like that - I certainly don't want to call the wrath of the entire HP fandom down on me - but just that it's different in a way that feels alien to me. What do you think?
Anyway, enjoy the book recs above, and let me know if you have any for me? I'll be on a plane in a few weeks, and will need something to see me through two very long trips. Thanks!