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Also, I am just about to die with how badly I want to reread certain books. I just saw a photo of a particularly wonderful Art Deco skyscraper, and it made me want to spend a week reading Atlas Shrugged. Earlier I realized how long it had been since I read other old favorites - Gone with the Wind, which I used to chain read. The Godfather. The entire Anne of Green Gables series, which I used to read every October. Lord of the Rings, which was every December. And then there are just so many really excellent books that I would like to savor again.

I rarely reread anymore because of how huge my stack of new reading is. But tonight ... you know, I'm looking at my shelf of Pratchetts right now, and I think it's imperative to my health and well-being that I read one of the Witches books tonight. And I have just now picked Maskerade (loosely - very loosely - based on the Phantom of the Opera), mainly because of sections like these:




Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Aahahaha!
BEWARE!!!!!
Yrs sincerely
The Opera Ghost

...

"What sort of person," said Salzella patiently, "sits down and writes a maniacal laugh? And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head. Opera can do that to a man."

...

"Well, basically there are two sorts of opera,' said Nanny, who also had the true witch's ability to be confidently expert on the basis of no experience whatsoever. 'There's your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like "Oh oh oh, I am dyin', oh, I am dyin', oh, oh, oh, that's what I'm doin'", and there's your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes "Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!", although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That's basically all of opera, reely."

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mainemilyhoon
Mar. 5th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
LOL for about five minutes, seriously. I have to read that book now!

I've been wanting to re-read Gone With the Wind lately, too. And Lord of the Rings.
eattheolives
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I want to reread ALL the books. :(
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eattheolives
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, that's a good one!
unpoedic
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
shame i never knew such hilarity existed prior to now!
eattheolives
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
But now you do. :)
radiantlove
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
You must make time to work your way through at least ONE Pratchett :) Ask Marie for a recommendation. I think my first read was The Thief of Time...
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eattheolives
Mar. 8th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
"so much left"... that's exactly it. =\
radiantlove
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Not having time for books is one of the worst things in the world. I think that is one of my biggest regrets about being in school, is my lack of time to read Real Books :(

Speaking of, I picked up a copy of "The Treasure Is The Rose" second-hand recently and wondered if you'd read it. It's a Scholastic book from the '70s, but a period piece about the 1100s. Very short- about 100 pages- but illustrated and written in a way that drew me in when I flipped through it in the bookstore.
eattheolives
Mar. 8th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for telling me about that book! It looks delightful. I'll try to hunt up a copy. :)
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