Generally I don’t tend to re-read books. I’m not sure why but I suspect it’s because I’m usually really keen to read new ones and when reading time’s at a premium (I don’t read anywhere near as much as I’d like) it’s those new ones that take priority.
But I am trying something different. When I read The Time Traveler’s Wife a few years ago I fell in love with it. I thought it was wonderful – for my money almost the perfect love story, and weird and wonky in all the right ways too. With time travel. It was a recommendation from my then girlfriend so I guess that added something to it too; it was a kind of shared thing. Anyway, it’s up there in my all time favourite books and I can’t see it shifting.
I didn’t watch the film when it came out but saw it a few days ago, and while it was okay, I think you’d need to have read the book in order to get it; it didn’t really make all that much sense on its own (not because of the script or the acting – I think the story is simply too big to fit into a movie). So, while I didn’t love the film I was reminded of how much I liked the book, the story, and I felt that I wanted to revisit it.
But I didn’t want to re-read it (I’ve three books on the go as it is) so I downloaded the audio book and I’ve been listening to that when I can. And I’m loving it all over again. Of course, it’s different to reading the paperback, but I don’t think it loses anything in translation. In fact, I think that half the reason I’m enjoying it so much is because it’s a different experience to reading the book.
Anyone else had a similar experience?