1.22.2023

It's Just the Coffee Talking: There are very, very few books I will ever read twice... same with seeing a movie more than once

Good Morning Coffee Friends...

Late to the party here this morning because I was busy reading.  Trying to finish up a book.  I don't usually read in the mornings, and it felt 'off' but for many reasons I won't go into, I ended up sitting in bed from 6-9 am and finishing the last of Swan Song.

Little side note:  I have already read Swan Song about 4 or 5 times since it was first published when I was barely a teenager... but it's one of the few books I can stand to re-read once in a great while. It's been about 12 years since I had read it last, so it was nice to revisit although it's really starting to show its age. 

Another book I like as a 'once in a great while re-read' is Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, which also shows its age as we've come so far with inventions and lifestyle changes since then.  But still, so good.  The Left Behind series as well, although I haven't been able to find the time and the focus to get past the second book in a while.  I should probably pick those up again... they are fitting the times we seem to be entering into.  LOL.

Now that my mind is on books, I'm wondering - are there are a list of books that you, my readers will read more than once?  Or are you a person who can re-read books or watch movies over and over again without an issue?  I do neither, as a general rule.  Even if I like them.

I don't like 'wasting time' reading or watching when I already know the story and how it ends. 

As a matter of fact, if I'm considering watching a movie on Vudu or other online streamer, I often watch a trailer or read the synopsis to help me decide if it sounds like a movie I'd like.  The problem with doing so?  Sometimes after I watch the trailer, I feel as if I've literally watched the movie already and I have absolutely no interest in it anymore.  I've seen the characters, I've seen the storyline, I've heard some of the punchlines and seen some of their big scenes; and usually you can tell what the outcome will be by the description or trailer and boom...  it's done for me.  I really feel like I've already seen it or read it, etc. and have ZERO patience for sitting through the movie or book.

But some... well, some seem to be well done and interesting enough I will.
Or, they speak to me or my life, or a part of my life or personality that stays with me and I want to watch or read again and again because I just do.

Random Books off the top of my head that I have re-read or don't mind doing so:

The Lord of the Rings series (although I won't re-watch the movies except The Hobbit)
Swan Song
The Left Behind series
Doomsday Book
The Three Musketeers
Little Women
The Count of Montecristo

I'm sure there are more but I don't want to take the time to think right now... I have too much on my plate to do this morning and need to get busy.  LOL.

Today I really need to grind chuck roast into ground beef and get it package and sealed for the freezer.  We are out of ground beef and I have 6 (or 8?) roasts ready to cut, trim and grind.  Time to fill up that freezer again... who knows what food shortage, inflation bombshell or other issue with the food chain will come next?  Under our current administration, nothing good has happened in 2 years and we still have 2 more to go before there is any hope... or help.

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