Books Worth Reading Again

I don’t normally re-read books. Sometimes I do go back to them and flip through them and skim some of the chapters, but I rarely do a full read-over.

But for the coming year, before I dive into reading a bunch of new books, there are a few that I do want to read over. Not just skim through or flip through, but actually read. Word for word.

1. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner. Most fiction books aren’t worth reading twice unless they’re really that amazing. With most of Faulkner’s books, you end up reading them more than once anyway just to figure out what’s going on. The Sound and the Fury is one of my favorite books, and it never ceases to inspire me.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey. It’s almost a cliche to have this book on the list, but it does deserve all the hype it gets. If anything, it’s become more relevant in recent years because technology has eroded the boundaries between work life, home life, spiritual life, and social life.

3. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers. Fear is one of the great barriers to true happiness, so if you want to make the most out of life, you have to face your fears. Lately, I’ve fallen back into many old thought patterns that have not served me well, so reading this book again should be a good reminder to suck it up and quit being afraid.

4. Prayer Primer – Thomas Dubay. Books about religion or spirituality or whatever kind of belief you subscribe to are always worth a re-read from time to time. Part of having a religious faith is actually putting that faith into practice and learning how to grow in your faith, and this book is a highly recommended learning tool.

5. Sanctuary – William Faulkner. I was hesitant about putting two books by the same author on this list, but Sanctuary is incredibly inspiring to me. It’s not as difficult to understand as The Sound and the Fury, but each re-reading illuminates more about the book and its characters. It’s like opening the flaps of an Advent calendar.

6. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Brown and Dave King. This book isn’t about big-picture editing; it’s about cleaning up your prose at the paragraph level. It’s almost like a modern classic, and it’s highly recommended for its tips on polishing your work.

What books do you like to re-read?

Q is for Quentin

Since I read The Sound and the Fury in 2009, I have been obsessed with it, especially with one character in particular, Quentin Compson, the neurotic main character. (Well, one of the main characters.) This character is so awesome, he has his own memorial plaque at the Anderson Memorial Bridge, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I suppose Quentin is one of my all-time favorite characters because he has so many issues. He’s overly obsessed with his sister’s innocence (and the powerful scent of honeysuckle), he fails to uphold the honor of a true Southern gentleman, he’s so intelligent he overanalyzes everything (and he attends Harvard), and he commits suicide. Doesn’t sound like your typical hero, I know, but he does the best he can with a retarded brother, a carefree and careless sister, and another brother who is a cruel pennypincher.

“I don’t hate it.” – Quentin Compson, regarding the area of Mississippi where he grew up

Versatile Blogger Award (#4!) and Randomness

I wanted to write this post in a different way and list five random things to blog about. Monday morning is an excellent time for randomness… just as Friday night is an excellent time for chaos.

1. Pany (one of my favorite bloggers) has given me the Versatile Blogger Award. This is my fourth time receiving it, and I am honored! Thanks, Pany! You are awesome!

The Versatile Blogger Award

2. Here’s something that passes through my mind quite often. If Jesus lived in the world today, would we recognize him and follow him? Or would we just brush him off as some kind of weirdo?

3. Tomorrow is the day to vote! Where I live (in the State of North Carolina) we are voting either for or against an amendment that will render marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, and will therefore ban gay marriage. This amendment has generated an incredible amount of controversy, but no matter what, if you live in North Carolina, vote. Voice your opinion. I don’t really care how you vote just as long as you do.

4. I might have a chance to become shift manager where I work. Of course, the job is not my ideal one. It’s not what I went to college for. But it might be a really good opportunity to get me out of my comfort zone, which I have been attempting to escape from for quite some time.

5. Honeysuckle. Yesterday, I went out for a very pleasant walk and I stopped by a honeysuckle vine for five minutes just to smell the blossoms. And of course, it made me think of The Sound and the Fury, in which honeysuckle is a prominent symbol. (Book nerds gotta be book nerds!)

So… that was my random Monday blog. I hope everyone has a great week. 🙂