Yes, I Have

Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?

As far as movies go, I love them, but I don’t watch them very much now. My husband is not much of a movie person so we usually find something else to do besides watch a movie.

So what about books? I suppose I read the books that had the biggest impression on me when I was young and impressionable. I was a voracious reader. My mother loved reading. Every Friday she carried us to the library where we all checked out some books. I read all types of things. I was fond of some classics like those by Louisa May Alcott. I loved Black Beauty. In fact, if it was horse related you could count on me liking it. I loved Beverly Cleary. Now that woman can write! Another book that I really enjoyed was The Sherwood Ring.

Which ones did I read again? As an adult I read Little Women, all of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, and The Sherwood Ring. Truly I have to say that I found them just as enthralling as I did as a child. My comprehension was different as an adult, but I must have read some quality stuff because they still inspired me and seemed relevant.

Do I feel this way about every book I ever read? No, of course not. Even as a young reader there were many books that I wouldn’t have cared to revisit. The same thing is true today as well. Truly I’ve read a lot of books, and most of them I wouldn’t want to revisit.

How about you? Do you have a few books that you think are worth reading again? I have a special shelf on the bookcase for those special ones.


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Yes, I Have

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I think I read and enjoyed every book by Beverly Cleary that our library had. I wonder if the experience would be the same if I read them now. I’d probably feel nostalgic about the simplicity of life in those stories. Thanks for the reminder!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    as a 30-year librarian, I definitely recognize the name, Beverly Cleary. Her books were quite popular and apparently are still in print. All that time, however, I never read one myself. Oh well.


  3. O, gosh yes! As a child I read all about Henry Higgins,Beezus and Ramona! I loved them, but I have not reread them, even with my kids.Maybe I will.


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