Recently, I picked this book up again. Even as I read through it, I had absolutely no recollection of the fact that I'd read it before. I must point out that this is a reflection of my current memory issues, not a reflection of the quality or memorability of the book itself, I am sure. I only realized I'd read it before when I sat down to write a review of the book for GoodReads and found that I had reviewed five years ago. This time, however, my review was significantly more positive. I loved the story and found myself identifying more readily with the characters. This is the first time (that I can recall) that I have re-read a book and had a more positive reaction the second time around. Often, I find that I re-read books that I absolutely LOVED as a teenagers or in my early 20s and find that in my older age the characters are simply insufferable. Examples of this include, The Fountainhead, The Catcher in the Rye, and On the Road. So, while my general practice is not to re-read books, in the (hopefully) rare, instance where I forget that I've actual read it before, it's nice to know that it may become more meaningful with time and perhaps a little more wisdom.
On a separate note, I am in general a big fan of books written through letters. Maybe because it satisfies a secret desire for gossip, and makes me feel as if I have stumbled upon something I'm not supposed to be reading. The books also often make for fast reads, which can be nice if one doesn't have a lot of time to read. Some of my other favorite books written in letter form include:
- 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff (non-fiction)
- The Color Purple - Alice Walker
- Dear Mr. Henshaw - Beverly Cleary (Juvenile Fiction)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
- The Adrian Mole Series - Sue Townsend (diary entries) (Juvenile Fiction)
- The Griffin and Sabine Series - Nick Bantock