Favourite Books I Want to Re-Read

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To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one. – Chinese Proverb

I don’t re-read books often. In fact, it’s kind of rare for me to do so. I suppose this is partly because there are so many books out there and there is always something new to grab my attention. But even more than that, I feel that I do have a hesitancy to read books that I have already read and loved. That experience and connection that happens when you first read a story is really special, and with every new book I reach for, I hope for that little bit of magic. When I do get that, I tend to tuck it away, leaving it in that space and time. Because magic is hard to replicate. Maybe the present experience can cast a shadow over the initial one. Like old TV shows that I adored as a kid, that fell completely flat when I watched them as an adult. Recently however, in reference to the Chinese Proverb, I have felt more and more the desire to meet old friends. To have new experiences with old favourites. That initial connection will always be in that time and place. And perhaps there will be that magic of the past, or perhaps there will be a whole new kind of magic. We have to keep the door open, right? 🙂 Continue reading “Favourite Books I Want to Re-Read”

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

IMG_0991A charming and entertaining debut from author Joanna Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep tells the story of a neighbourhood full of secrets.  During a summer heatwave in 1976, Mrs. Creasy goes missing without a trace, leading little Grace and Tilly to embark on an investigation to solve the mystery.  The disappearance brings up long hidden secrets that many people do not want revealed.

‘He said that Mrs Creasy is officially a Missing Person.’
‘Missing from what?’
Thinking made my feet slower. ‘Her life, I suppose.’
‘How can you be missing from your own life?’
I slowed a little more. ‘Missing from the life you belong in.’
Tilly stopped to pull up her socks. ‘I wonder how you know which one that is.’

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is beautifully written, funny, and charming.  Grace and Tilly (sweet, little Tilly) are adorable characters and their investigation of Mrs. Creasy’s disappearance is the thread that takes us though the story and introduces us to the different characters present in the neighbourhood.  It is part whodunnit, part coming-of-age, and part exploration of the secrets we keep and neighbourhood politics.  Every character has a story and a background, which the author does a wonderful job of presenting and integrating into the overall narrative.  It is light, heart-warming and an absolute delight.