Hard to Pick Just One

What is the one book that you feel you could read over and over without it ever feeling old?”

Wow, what a hard question! If I love a book I read it many times. Usually I’ll find something new and interesting that I missed the first time, and often I just want to experience the book once again. I’ve been doing this since I was a child. I read the Black Stallion series, the Little House Books, and I loved Little Women. There were others that I enjoyed, but I suppose as an older child the one I reread most is My Friend Flicka. It’s about a boy living in Wyoming. His father raises horses and finally lets him choose a horse to be his own personal horse. Unhappily, according to the boy’s father, the son chose poorly. I was totally invested in what would happen to Flicka. I hoped for a good ending, but I didn’t know if it would be possible or not. One reason I read it so many times is probably because the book was really written for an older person. As I grew I was able to pick up more and more things I’d missed before.

As an adult I don’t know what to say. I read a lot. My son saw my reading list and wondered how I read so many books. Well, I’m retired now, and I’ve had a few health issues. There’s nothing to stop me from reading, though. I don’t go back and reread as much as I did when I was younger because there’s so much new material to read. As of late, I find myself rereading Larry McMurtry’s work. The one I liked best was Leaving Cheyenne. I’ve also reread the Amelia Peabody series written by Elizabeth Peters. If you haven’t read about Amelia Peabody you’re missing a treat.

I’m sorry I can’t narrow it down to just one, but I honestly can’t. What about you? Do you have ONE book you pick up over and over?


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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10 Responses to Hard to Pick Just One

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I met Larry McMurtry once, at a library conference, and he autographed a book for me. I can’t recall if I also heard him speak (make a presentation), but then it was probably 1979 or so when it happened.
    I can re-read books marketed to children — note, I didn’t say “children’s books” — because, like you, I realize many have LAYERS which typical juvenile readers don’t necessarily grasp at their earliest readings. Humor is a big one.
    I recently purchased an old copy of the Black Stallion… but haven’t read it yet. I don’t think I read it as a kid, but was certainly familiar with the title.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I was horse crazy as a child. I was afraid of horses and ponies until my parents urged me to take a ride on a pony at the local fair. That did it. I’m sure my parents never expected that years later they’d have the expense of a horse for me. By the way, I reread The Black Stallion last week. It’s still a great kid’s book.

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  2. I agree with you about re-reading a book as one matures; you can see so many things that you may have missed, yet reading them young also gives you a sense of wonderment and you grasp onto ideas and subtleties that you may gloss over as an adult, and vice versa.
    I have avoided most animal books and stories. “Family” movies and “Children’s literature” inevitably meant that some animal would die or come close; I hated that.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      It isn’t just animals either. When I was still teaching I’d read the books the English teachers assigned to their classes. I was appalled that they were all so tragic and depressing. Who’d become a reader if that was all they read? Of course not all of them were bad. I read some good stuff, but it seems like it never got assigned to the kids. I remember cracking up over a book titled Bunnicula. Actually, I read a companion book titled The Celery Stalks at Midnight too. Loved them both.

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  3. I’ve read Little Women several times. I have never read My Friend Flicka but I probably should.


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I read the Little House series when I was in grade school. I loved them, but I remember I was on a mission to read ALL the books in that library, so I never got back to them.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      Even as an adult I’ve enjoyed rereading them, but as you say there are so many new things to be read and enjoyed. Did you read all of the books? If the school library was small I imagine a good reader could do it.


      • Patricia Kiyono says:

        I think I got through about 90 percent of the biographies and about 70 percent of the fiction section. I didn’t manage much of the non-fiction. I guess I’d rather read about people and their stories!


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s an incredible record! I wouldn’t have liked much of the non-fiction myself.


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