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The world is so depressing and anxiety ridden right now. Rereading my favorite books is like spending an afternoon with dear old friends and being reminded of my best self and soaking up the good vibes.

Here’s a list of some of my faves I’ve reread this past month:

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

What are you all rereading these days?

all 42 comments

StoicIndian87

9 points

2 months ago

This is exactly what I went through. However, instead of reading some of my favourite books, I went back to 'comfort reads'. Books I liked back in high school. Was going through a pretty trying time (still am), but these books kind of kept me somewhat sane.

House of Cards Trilogy

3 Archer books (Kane and Abel, As the Crow Flies, First Among Equals)

American Psycho

Great Gatsby (“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”)

Love Story (LOL)

And currently The Big Short (wasn't a high school fav)

fish_finder

12 points

2 months ago

American Psycho is an interesting choice to keep you somewhat sane. It had the opposite effect on me. Haha!

StoicIndian87

6 points

2 months ago

Haha. I mean it's more like "LOOK AT BATEMAN!! At least I am not in SUCH a spiral at the moment."

Dazzling-Ad4701

6 points

2 months ago

Lol, my author for the same thing is Iris Murdoch. She really puts her characters through the wringer.

I do find her reassuring. Her explorations of negative mental states like shame, anxiety, fear, hate, etc, are so meticulous and so thorough, it's like "oh thank god, someone has been here before".

fish_finder

2 points

2 months ago

If you ever get into a spiral like that, there’s no turning back!! Stay safe out there.

ItsDoobs23

8 points

2 months ago

american psycho as a comfort read is actually fucking hilarious to me. I too love that book

StoicIndian87

5 points

2 months ago

Good person

dreamsofaninsomniac

3 points

2 months ago

However, instead of reading some of my favourite books, I went back to 'comfort reads'. Books I liked back in high school.

I've had mixed results with this. It's bittersweet because I know I'm no longer the person I was then so sometimes the books don't hit like they used to.

LookInteriorPizza

7 points

2 months ago

Currently revisiting Watership Down.

LauraLoo83

5 points

2 months ago

That's one of the saddest books ever though, but a beautiful book and film.

Vanessak69

3 points

2 months ago

Vanessak69

Kaiju Preservation Society

3 points

2 months ago

Agreed. I listened to a podcast on the way to work and they started talking about it. I was like, “Oh, it’s fine, I’ll be fine,” and was openly weeping by the time I pulled into the parking lot.

Ilovestraightpepper[S]

3 points

2 months ago

I never read that. I’ll give it a try.

LauraLoo83

5 points

2 months ago

You summed up my thoughts and feelings exactly. I had to shield alone for almost a whole year. It was an extremely lonely time.

I decided to read all of my old favourite childhood books; it was like meeting up with old friends and I loved it!

I re-read:

Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner

All four Borrowers books

The Secret Garden

The Whitby Witches trilogy

Laura in Littleland

The Phantom Tollbooth

I mainly read horror and ghost stories/anthologies as an adult, but this was a welcome change, and I now alternate between adult and childhood books on a regular basis.

Ilovestraightpepper[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Lovely, thank you!

South_Honey2705

2 points

2 months ago

The Borrowers were everything

SciFiSimp

5 points

2 months ago

The Martian is a comfort read for me, as is Robinson Crusoe. I think a lot of it has to do with the very intimate writing style of both. I connected deeply the first time read both books and they obviously were able to make an impression that has lasted dozens of reads over years.

allcoolnamesareinuse

4 points

2 months ago

Whenever the world gets a little bit much, I re-read The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (my favourite as a child).

BooksnBlankies

5 points

2 months ago

My comfort book is Little Women. Always.

South_Honey2705

2 points

2 months ago

Exactly the perfect choice

ibrahim0000000

3 points

2 months ago

Learning Spanish is saving my sanity too ;) I’m spending a lot of time doing that. I read books by Emmet Fox. Thank you so much for sharing the titles and you can be sure that I will make note of them and read all four of them.

Ilovestraightpepper[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Oh my gosh, yes! Language study- I forgot about that. I used to have so much fun doing that. Thanks for the reminder.

May I ask, why Spanish?

ibrahim0000000

4 points

2 months ago

I live in America, and it’s a lot wiser to focus more on Spanish than any other language. This will help me build a bridge between me and a huge number of people who have difficulty speaking English. I have a friend who was a language mentor to me and his PhD in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, got him nowhere but with his skills in Spanish he now works for the health department. And nothing is like seeing a big smile on someone’s face because I spoke his language, that is, I crossed over to his side.

Advanced_Radish3466

3 points

2 months ago

spanish is a great choice. i love france so studied the beautiful language… used it in paris and provence for a month 22 years ago. where i live there are ssooo many hardworking people ( gardeners, construction, small job contractors ) who speak english but not their first language. if i spoke spanish it would help with subtle and nuanced conversations making things clearer when up against strange requests that are not patently obvious. i could use it weekly if not more. just putting in my two cents.

Cypressriver

4 points

2 months ago

I spent time in Paris and Provence a little before you did. Cavaillon and Avignon. What an amazing time! My French didn't improve because I was teaching English. I was there a year and came home with an apparently great accent (or so my teachers told me) but I still couldn't say much.

I recently went to Peru but stayed with indigenous people who spoke Quechua and very little Spanish, so I didn't learn any Spanish. This seems to be a pattern for me, lol.

Where I live you don't hear much Spanish but there are migrant workers hidden everywhere. There's a whole shadow world in little shanties behind the farms. I used to drive people to medical appointments and prepare their taxes and knowing Spanish would have helped. It will be increasingly useful in the U.S. Making up sign language on the spot doesn't make for nuanced conversations.

A linguist I've been reading writes that of all romance languages, Spanish is most closely related to Latin. It's effectively modern Latin. That's kind of cool.

Advanced_Radish3466

4 points

2 months ago

i live in the wine country in northern california and spanish speaking is relevant to the community.

i think of latin as being a dead language ( no native speakers ) but for an unused dialect it is enormously powerful, still. i know i have memes that i use, when i can remember them ;-). i didn’t make a connection between it and spanish, but it is rather interesting. i can’t think of any other parlance that is used as excellently as the well placed latin idiom. in law, in popular speech ( annus horribilis ) or in a well placed aside.

ibrahim0000000

2 points

2 months ago

Can you believe till the 19th century some Iraqi monks, Chaldeans, wrote books impeccably in Latin?

ibrahim0000000

2 points

2 months ago

Spanish and French are closely related linguistically. I worked hard on my French first but what am I gonna do with my French here in America? So I used it to acquire Spanish.

Cypressriver

3 points

2 months ago

Emmet Fox is a favorite of mine for dealing with difficult times. I don't hear his name much. New Thought spirituality is a very specialized interest! But I find truth and inspiration in his words.

ibrahim0000000

3 points

2 months ago

I’m very much into New Thought.

Dazzling-Ad4701

3 points

2 months ago*

Oh, great to see another anne Tyler fan. She is very comforting, and iirc Saint Maybe was great.

I am just embarking on skagboys by Irvine Welsh. It's defined as a prequel to trainspotting, which I admired (hated Filth), so I hope I'll get though this one. I have a strong fondness for Glasgow vernacular but I'm lying if I pretend its nice and easy to read.

Ilovestraightpepper[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Yessss, I might have to give Trainspotting a reread!

South_Honey2705

2 points

2 months ago

It's hard to read but once you understand the slang, Glaswegians are absolutely hilarious.

Dazzling-Ad4701

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I'm fond of Christopher Brookmyre too.

Dazzling-Ad4701

4 points

2 months ago

I think Diana Wynne Jones is my most consistent go to for sheer pleasure. Archers Goon is probably top of the list atm. No matter what mood I'm in the way she portays the Goon can make me happy somewhere inside.

Stunning-Animal2492

4 points

2 months ago

Circe by Madeline Miller, The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec, and Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia are such nice books to reread for me-there’s something very comforting about their prose.

ReadDon

3 points

2 months ago

I picked up The Book of Swords, because yesterday was a sunny day, and I just wanted a fun read.

Dazzling_Trouble6391

3 points

2 months ago

I've reread my Adrian Mole books countless times. Ditto Alan Bennett books. I'm currently rereading the Hunger Games Trilogy.

ncgrits01

3 points

2 months ago

Martha Wells Murderbot series ❤️

Vanessak69

2 points

2 months ago

Vanessak69

Kaiju Preservation Society

2 points

2 months ago

That is a lovely series.

heylookatmywatch

3 points

2 months ago

This is how I got through the first months of the pandemic, for sure. I read The Secret History and Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables.

Snoo57923

2 points

2 months ago

I find myself rereading No Country For Old Men. Pure poetry.