books by gina sekelsky studio Every year I create a page summarizing my reading for the year, and I typically identify which reads were my "favorites." When it comes down to it, my favorites are really just the ones I'd read again. (Writing this, I remembered a handful I wish I'd never read at all!) Number the Stars is the only duplicate from last year, though truth-be-told I read Station Eleven twice in one year (once to myself, and once aloud to the boy). This passage from Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, sums up my love of re-reading pretty well: “Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”  I remember re-reading My Antonia a few years ago, astonished that my 20-something self had felt so differently about the title character than my 40-something self. I like re-reading especially when I'm under the weather. There's nothing quite so comforting as a familiar book. Are you a re-reader? What tops your list? P.S. Want to see more of my Book-Book? Get inspired with more than a dozen pages in Studio Yearbook One. Summer Reading Program Update: Sign up here (lower right) for updates via email, or leave a comment on any post & check the box to receive future posts via email. I post updates once a week & will send you a reminder about the deadline in August.
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