Today I started reading The Crucible with my students. This is the eighth year I've taught the play. I teach at least five sections of tenth grade a year. If we multiple that with my years teaching, I've already read the play thirty-five times. Not the mention the times I've read it as a theatre minor or high school student.
That's a lot of reading, but I always look forward to it. I love the characters in the play. Abigail is so mean and so vicious, you cannot help but be drawn to a character like her. I like the power these teenage girls had and the idea that they could basically control a town.
The books I teach are definitely my most read books. However, there are also books I own that I go back to year after year. I usually need about a year time in between, but I never fail to fall in love with them again and find something new in each reading.
Some of the books that I revisit are:
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Looking for Alaska (Green)
The Man of My Dreams (Sittenfeld)
The God of Animals (Kyle)
The Secret Garden (Burnett)
Charlotte's Web (White)
White Oleander (Fitch)
Coming back to these books are like visiting an old friend. I look forward to rereading them just as I look forward to starting The Crucible again with my students.
What about you? What is the book(s) that you can read over and over again?