A Quote and a Question



“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads.”  Francois Mauriac


What do the bent spines and softened pages of your favourites say about you?


10 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. Sarah says:

    To answer my own question, I’m apparently an incurable romantic. The books I reread most often are by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Georgette Heyer. Terry Pratchett is third, and reveals a satiric bent to flavour the romanticism with a tang.

  2. gudrun says:

    It’s historical fiction for me…….and inspiring non-fiction…..although I don’t do a huge amount of re-reading as there are soooo many books on our shelves that haven’t been read yet!

  3. Stacey says:

    I’ve recently found your blog and this question totally caught me. I’d say that “The Big Rumpus” by Ayun Halliday “Earth in Mind” by David Orr, and all of our Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver are always opened. The spines are okay, but that’s because I’m annal about that.

  4. grace says:

    I have read Memoirs of a Geisha too many times!
    All Flannery O’Connor short stories many times.
    All the Little House on the Prairie books tons.

    I will have to look up some of the other titles people list here.

  5. Debra says:

    great question! as always your site gives me new things to think about or new ways of looking at the everyday. I am not a rereader ( is that a word?) the only book I have reread, other than childrens book, is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson loved it both times and will most likely read it again at some point.

  6. Wendy says:

    I adore this quote!

    I thought I was the only weirdo who rereads books, almost annually.

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Prodigal Summer
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    And I guess the answer to the question is that I’m deep, environmental and funny. Yah, that’s pretty much it.

  7. Shannon B says:

    Hey, your Heyers are almost all the Pan editions! Aren’t you lucky! My mum has those too – they always seem like the genuine article to me. I have only managed to find a couple of Pans – the rest are mostly Arrow or library-bound hardbacks.

    Anyway, to answer – I regularly reread Heyers, Maeve Binchy, Hounds of the Morrigan and A Traveller in Time.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    As a child I was a serial re-reader, especially anything by Louisa Acott, Frances Hodgeson, L.M. Montgomery & Heidi (the authors name escapes me at the moment!)

    But as an adult, I rarely re-read anything. But there are a few that have struck that cord in me that I feel the need to re-read on the occasion. I think I’ve re-read the Ayn Rand books quite a few times each, especially The Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged. I feel that they always challenge me to catch yet another hidden ideal–which leads me on a venture of thinking more about what makes me tick, and why we do what we do in life.

    And of course, re-reading a Jane Austen novel is more like re-visiting some old friends. Similiar to how I’ve always felt about the March sisters!

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