Monday, January 07, 2008


Everyone has those books, movies or TV shows - the ones that you read/watch over and over again. They just never seem to get old.

One perennial favorite (that I always seem to read during winter) is Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott. I first read this book when I was 12. It was a hardback edition with beautiful color illustrations.

I loved this book and programs like the Cosby Show because they featured an idealized family. Sitting around the dinner table, talking, laughing, loving. Blah blah. It was like going to the zoo and watching the bizarre mating rituals of the pygmy monkeys. Oddly fascinating in a "what the hell are they doing???" kind of way.

Since then, I've owned many copies of the book, mostly softcover and none with the charming pictures that I loved so much. A few years ago, with the help of Ebay, I found an antique bookstore that had the edition I wanted.

Hurrah for my own hardcover copy of funky monkey loving.

Some other books that I'm going through for the umpteenth time...

Watership Down, Richard Adams. An epic tale of rabbits and their struggle for survival. At the time I discovered this book, there was another series about moles, Duncton Wood or something. As the boy puts it "moles with ninja abilities!" Come on. Moles? Puhlese. That's just too silly for words.

Dragonlance Series, Weis and Hickman. The first fantasty series I've ever read. Most people started with Tolkien but I couldn't get past the description of hairy Hobbit toes.

The Rutshire Chronicles by Jilly Cooper. Flim flam, totally trashy romance novels that I absolutely adore.

And I'm TiVo'ing M*A*S*H right now so I wake up every morning with at least 4 episodes waiting for me. All seen at least a dozen times so what's another dozen?

What do you watch/read/listen to over and over and over again?


  1. Little Women and Anne of Green Gables were both big for me. I also read The Westing Game several times as a child, though I haven't read it in a long time now.

    Funny, I never thought of the March family as idealized. Beth dying, father off at war, Amy being so vain, etc. Interesting how we see things differently.

  2. Ahhh, that's because you didn't live in OUR family. LOL

    I think I would have taken a little civil war over mom's endless 8 hour nagging or dad's legendary dinner time farts.

    What do you think Toki?

    For me, it's the classics: I think I have 9 different copies of Oedipus Rex. But don't worry, no idealization there!

  3. Hmmm...I don't really have any books that I read over and over merely for the sake of reading over and over.

    I have read the Eye of the World series many times, mostly to 'catch up' again each time he released a new book, since there were so many characters to follow. I'll probably re-read it again when the fellow they've contracted to finish the series does so and the last book is published.

    I re-read the Belgariad by David Eddings as an adult to compare it to my enjoyment as a child. I didn't feel that it held up though, it wasn't nearly the masterpiece I thought at age 12.

    Similar to wheel of time I have re-read the Laurell Hamilton book series several times as she publishes new novels, but mostly to catch up.

    Because we have them on audio CD to listen to in the car, Harry Potter has probably become the closest thing I have to 'comfort' literature. I have listened to/read each of those novels several times simply because it is handy to have a nice audio book to listen to on any long or even short drive.

  4. As a very young kid, there were a lot of kids books I read, Ramona Quimby and the like, but then I went through a long dry period of not reading until probably high school. Only books I've really taken the time to reread were the Hitchhiker's Guide series, lots I'd like to reread but then I realize how many more I haven't and I just move forward instead of looking back...

    As for tv shows, there are a lot of series that if I catch on rerun or syndication I'll still sit down and watch the rest of the episode. Cosby, Simpsons, Star Trek(tng on), west wing, and countless others that will just draw me in the second I land on them.

    Nothing I go out of my way for, but I have watched all five seasons of babylon 5 in order no less than 3 times(original, then reruns, then reruns again with my mother when I got her into it) Plus I buy dvd's of tv shows so often, I am pretty much set if the cable were to go out...for say a year.

  5. The only books I've read more than once are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Oh, and some science fiction martial arts series by Steven Barnes.

    "Funky Monkey Loving"? Woohoo, it's tonight!

  6. Neidren ~ I think it was more the "I love you! I love you too, ooh, we love everyone, this family rocks!" type of mentality that was so foreign to me. Also, Anne of Green Gables! How could I forget? Gotta go find those books.

    Momo ~ Dad did not fart at the dinner table. At least, I no longer have any recollection of that and would like to keep it that way.

    Q ~ I had the same reaction to David Eddings. As for Laurell K... I am grossly displeased with the progression of her novels or rather sorry excuse for goth porn.

    Ocho ~ I LOVED all the Beverley Cleary books and still do. They've definitely held up.

  7. Toki- Have you seen this?

  8. Bah, it isn't showing the whole link

    There ya go.

  9. Indeed I have. In fact, Here's a little something something


  10. These come to mind, although they are only the hardbacks; our paperbacks are currently in a box in the closet due to lack of book case space!

    -Harry Potter series (we tend to listen to them more than read them, although we have the hard copies)
    -"Alien Blood" by Vinge (my copy is falling apart)
    -"Watership Down"
    -His Dark Materials trilogy by Putman
    -Wheel of Time series by Jordan
    -"Kushiel's Dart" & "Kushiel's Chosen" by Carey
    -Laurell Hamilton series (Anita Blake & Fairie)

    Kid's books (which I love):
    -Oz series
    -Black Stallion series
    -Tamora Pierce's series

    TV/Movies (most often watched):
    -Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    -Couplling (British version)
    -Sliding Doors
    -Devil Wears Prada

  11. Toki,

    Thanks for your comment...the island is called Lang Tengah Island in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

    There are a couple of resorts there, but I stayed in Redang Beach Resort, and then charter a boat to Lang Tengah for snorkeling and sun bathing.

    This is the resort I went: