Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#7 at 11:45pm

Phew. Almost didn't make this one. As the title suggests, I am cutting it rather close tonight. It's not like I haven't been sitting in front of my laptop for the past two hours (because I have) or even that I forgot to blog (I didn't). I really just assumed it was a different time. Probably because I was on the phone to my best friend for about an hour and a half, most of it filled with a comfortable silence as we both browsed facebook and FML.com, exclaiming at certain posts etc. Rather fun, really.

I spent a lot of today with my sister, after convincing her to accompany me down the street to buy sandwiches. Then we watched a really bad movie. The name even escapes me, it was that bad. One of those Dance genre ones that have absolutely no story line and horrible acting. Good dancing, though. Ah well, the fire was on (it's getting really, really cold), so we both sat down in our Ugg boots and ate our sandwiches.

We decided to go and watch InkHeart this evening, which was really really good! I read the book so long ago, I must have been around 12. It was rather hard to remember the plot line, understandably, thought it made me want to read the book again, and the two sequels which I never had the chance to read.

You know a movie is good when it inspires you to re-read a novel. Or read it for the first time.

This wasn't really much of a thought-out blog because I wanted to post it before 12, but yes, that was my day.

I've finished reading two of my books that were on my list, thankfully, so now I think I'm just going to start a new one. I feel bad leaving two unfinished but I'm itching to start A Tale of Two Cities. Hopefully it will be worth it. I haven't read much Dickens, except for Oliver Twist when I was a lot younger. I didn't really take note of writing style etc. back then, so it will be interesting to see what all the fuss is about.

Someone asked me why I have the need re-read books - It's because I love going back. I tend to forget small details, and I love revisiting tales that I loved, noticing little details that I either skipped by or didn't realise the significance of them at the time. A classic example of this is Harry Potter. I have read the series (especially the first 4 books) countless times, and I have never tired of them. It's not quite like reading it for the first time, but once you've taken the whole journey, the best part is that you can re-live it again. And I've noticed that as I've grown older, details have meant different things to me, things I may not have understood then make sense a couple years down the track. I don't doubt that I will ever tire of re-reading my favourites.

OK 11:59 Posting NOW edit LATER


Ma'ña Bräu Jedi Warrior said...

i've read Lord of The Rings about five times.. once i even got to the end then flipped straight back to the start and began again! and you are right, u notice the significance of the little bits the subsequent times you read them.


Richy. said...

Hey Liv!

New to your blog :), found it when I stumbled upon a youtube clip of yours today. Go Aussie, haha.

I really like what you wrote in this post, about reading - how the meaning can change upon re-reading something, years later - that really resonates with me. Like you, I tend to forget the smaller details too!


lilmissandrea said...

Do you read older books? like Pride and predujice or wuthering heights? They are the best of the best. I love books in old english.

Anonymous said...

Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights aren't in old english. They're not even in middle english.

Still, they're great.