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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Salon: That Warm Fuzzy Feeling of Nostalgia

Posted by Irish in Misc, Reading Progess, Sunday Salon13 Comments

Good Morning Sunday Saloners, I hope that this post finds everyone well and that you all had good reading weeks. Mine reading this past week is not as impressive as last weeks. This whole thing called work got in the way. But I survived my first week back and the glow of vacation is now gone. *le sigh* The only good thing about being back at work is to hear the accents of some of the visiting Irish…I love the Irish accent I will be sad when they all return to the main office. Although one good thing about working for an Irish company is that there will always be Irish people popping in and out. So there is always something to look forward to.

In terms of reading I didn’t finish a single book this week. I put aside the book I was reading on the plane because I got a bunch of ARCs in the mail. Since two of these have deadlines I felt that I better get cracking…..especially since one, The Explosionist, has a deadline of 01 June….which is right around the corner! But I am now half way through it and should be done in plenty of time. I am enjoying this book. It takes place in an Alternate Scotland, a world where Napolean won the battle of Waterloo and explores what might have happened to the European world if that had happened. Here Scotland is its own country since England declined and then fell in the years after Waterloo. The main character is Sophie, a 15 year old girl, who has taken it upon herself to solve the mystery of the recent bombings happening in her town along with who murdered a medium who spoke a dire prophecy about her during a seance. The book is for teens but as with many teen books that are published these days it can appeal to people of all ages.

Today I plan to keep the tv off all day and to focus on reading…..and to punish Simon a bit for turning it on yesterday when I wasn’t home – jacking up the volume as he likes to do. Its partly my fault for forgetting to unplug it….but thankfully I remembered to turn off the cable box. My neighbors would have been really mad at me otherwise! I would love to get a good chunk of The Explosionist out of the way to today so that I can spend some time before bed tonight reading Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. A book which was just returned to me yesterday after a 5 year long absense. Five years!

Way back when, I was still living in my beloved Quincy apt and before the roommate from hell moved in, my dear friend B asked to borrow some books. She wanted some new and different things to read (she a big romance reader and primarily buys that genre) so she called me up and we went through my shelfs. I read her the backs of several books and she selected ones that sounded interesting to her. One of those books was Pawn of Prophecy. This is a beloved book of mine, one of the first fantasy books that I ever read. This is a book that I loved so much when I first read it that I quickly ran out and bought all the books that were published at that time. I devoured the series and its been one that I’ve revisited ever couple of years.

There is just something so comforting sometimes about reading a book (or a series of books) over and over. There are moments when you just need to escape from the world and these well-worn friends are the perfect means to do so. When I am struggling with love and disillusionment I might pick up Pride and Prejudice and read the letter that Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and then skip to the end and relive their proposal. Or I might take it slow and read the whole book from start to finish relishing in all the ups and downs of the Bennett clan. Which never lose their charm no matter how often I read about them. The Belgariad/Mallorean series is one such fond memory for me. A great way to escape from the humdrum of every day life. A series which has been incomplete for so long….one in which I’ve seriously thought of re-buying the missing book just to be able to re-read it.

But I held off on re-buying it (where I got that restraint I have no idea!) and so now look forward to re-immersing myself in the world of Aloria…to reacquaint myself with Garion, Silk, Ce’Nedra, Polgara….and all the rest. I wonder if the time away from the series will have altered my view of it at all. While this reading will not capture that instant love and the magic that I found in the first reading…..will there be any rekindling of it? Or will the story have lost some of its luster? I’m hoping that the story will still glitter as much as it ever did.

Now as I prepare to depart for the day….to immerse myself in books and in the many wonderful salons that you have all created, I wonder….what book…or books give you that warm fuzzy feeling and that have that special something that compels you to re-read them every now and again?

13 Responses to “Sunday Salon: That Warm Fuzzy Feeling of Nostalgia”

  1. samantha.1020

    I am in the midst of the Harry Potter series and I can tell already that this is a series that I will read over and over.

  2. Irish

    Ah….dear dear Harry…Yes I love him too and he’s another character I revisit often. =)

  3. Jaimie

    Some weeks are like this. Your book choices sound pretty good though, I always am up for a P&P reread. Thanks for visiting me. Come back any time!

  4. shootingstarr7

    Pride and Prejudice is a favorite, of course, as is the Anne of Green Gables series. I especially like to revisit Anne when I’m taking myself too seriously, and I re-read the part of the first book where she creates that elaborate story about losing Marilla’s brooch in the Lake of Shining Waters. There’s just something about her that always makes me feel better.

  5. J. Kaye Oldner

    I have always admired readers who can read a book again and again…or at least again. I can’t. It’s just not in my gene pool.

  6. justareadingfool

    I have read the Belgariad series and felt the same way. It was one of those series to which I’d like to return some time. However, my TBR list is growing so much and I’m “into” so many challenges, I don’t know when I’ll find time! Was the Mallorean (sp?) series as good as the Belgariad? I’d like to read them too, but was wondering if it’s worth it.

  7. Irish

    shootingstarr – Anne is a great favorite of mine too. In fact I just re-read Anne of Green Gables not too long ago. Hers is a story that has always stayed with me.

    linda – To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those few books that I was forced to read in school that I loved. I recently had to replace my copy because it was so worn and tattered from use!

    justareadingfool – yes yes yes! the Mallorean is well worth the read. It has all the love about it as the Belgariad does and I find it hard to separate the two. You need both for the whole story. Also worth reading are the prequel books Belgarth the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.

    The rest of Eddings works go downhill from there. The Elenium/Tamuli series was ok…as was The Redemption of Althanus…but the rest are crap so don’t waste your time.

  8. naida

    The books I love to re-read are the Harry Potter books & pride & Prejudice. I never get tired of those. I’ve also read Wally Lamb’s ‘She’s Come Undone’ a few times.

    I love Irish accents!
    enjoy your weekend.

  9. tapestry100

    Oh, there are so many books that are like old friends for me; Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame and Around the World with Auntie Mame and Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road to name a special few. I could reread these books over and over.

    And apparently, without even knowing it, you are getting your revenge, because now I want to go back and reread the Eddings series, which I don’t own as they belonged to a previous roomie. And they are worth buying and not just getting them from the library. I only have a couple of more days to get through my buying hiatus, so maybe that will be my first post-moratorium book purchase.

  10. Irish

    Tap – they would be a good series to ease your way back into the book buying world. =)

    Try to get them individually though. I heard that they changed the artist who drew the original maps in the omnibus editions. Ant the original drawings are always the best! =)

  11. justareadingfool

    A belated thanks to you for recommending the Mallorean series, and I’ll be sure to take your advice on Eddings’ other works. For some reason, this came back around on my Google Reader, so I’ll comment again and thank you for the advice.