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June 1, 2016

I Will Reread My Favorite Book

Like many readers, I have a hard time saying that I have one favorite book. There are a handful of titles that consistently land in my top ten and I’ll happily call any of them my favorite. I’ve reread most of them. Reading Where the Wild Things Are easily became a daily routine when I taught preschool. I might have chosen to reread Jane Eyre on my own, but college classes required I meet Mr. Rochester a few times. But the book I have most consistently reread for myself is A Wrinkle in Time.

Every year since I was 11, I’ve picked Madeline L’Engle’s book and again recognized myself in Meg, protected a quirky younger brother, rekindled a crush on Calvin (who has surely become an exemplary adult), wondered at the Mrs. W’s, been loved and protected by Aunt Beast, stood up to the It, and saved my father.

And I’ve laughed and cried and dreamed and imagined and been challenged every single time.

In conversations with others, I’ve discovered that many of us have a similar relationship with this book. A close friend in Texas says that her signed copy of the book is one of the objects she’d save in a fire.  A friend who grew up in New York City talks about the time his family ended up at a dinner party with Ms. L’Engle and how memorable that meal became. Many colleagues have fond memories of having it read to them by their moms and dads.

While I’m certain to read A Wrinkle in Time again in 2015, I’m also going to choose another childhood favorite to reread.  I haven’t yet decided if it will be a classic (maybe Mr. Popper’s Penguins), something I was assigned in school (Island of the Blue Dolphins was a requirement I loved), or if I’ll track down a book I know is long out of print (I treasured a book called Bread and Butter Journey.)


Are you up for this challenge? Will you add “I will reread my favorite book” to your list of reading resolutions? Let us know what you’ll be reading in the comments below!

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