What’s your favorite read?

Posted: July 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Book Reviews, My Thoughts, Random, Writing | 3 Comments »
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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I enjoy reading so I read quite a bit, often 3-4 books at a time.  I recently finished a couple and found myself at a loss of what to read next, so I decided to get out old faithful.  We all have one; the book that you can read a million times.  It’s like comfort food for the soul.

My “old faithful” is Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”  It’s the only book other than the Bible I’ve read at least four times.  It’s a story about two boys, Will and Jim, and a mysterious carnival that blows into town.  I just can’t get enough of it.

Bradbury’s writing is so playful, and descriptive, I just can’t get enough.  Sometimes I will read a sentence or paragraph ten times in a row because it’s so brilliantly flawless: perfect.

The pic for this post is the front cover from the copy I have, a 1970 Bantam paperback that is near the end of it’s life.  (Take that ebooks, lol You’ll be irrelevant in 41 years and I’ll still have my paperback!)

So, what’s your “old faithful?”  What book keeps you coming back time and again? What is it that you love so much about it?





  • sue kenney

    For me, the Bible is number one. Especially the Psalms: if I’m in any kind of a mood or attitude, I can always find a psalm that speaks right to me, and I’ll read them over and over. If I need something totally frivolous and escapist, I’ll turn to mystery or science fiction – recent reads in those 2 categories include The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers and The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn. I’ve read both of them a number of times, but they’re both so well written, and so engaging, that I can’t help but come back time and again.

  • Matt

    don’t think I have ever re-read a book. ever. I wonder what that says about me??? kind of strange when you think about it…

    • http://www.crmooney.com C.R. Mooney

      there are only a handful I have read more than once. there’s a big time investment, so it better be good, you know?