There are lots of books that I can read a million times, so it is difficult to pick just one. For this first post I am going to choose a book by.... dun dun duuuun!! Jane Austen!! (now it is when everybody goes "doh!"). Yes, I know; I am obsessed with Jane Austen. Anyways, the fact is that I never get tired of reading Persuasion. I can read it a million times, and every time I will find some aspect that had escaped to my notice in a previous reading.
The magic of books is that they change at the same time that we grow older. Obviously, our view of the world changes as long as we grow in experience as well as in age. So the reading of the same book when you are 20 and then reading it again when you are 33 it is a completely different experience.
The first time that I read Persuasion, I didn't really like it that much. I thought that the protagonist was a bit stupid, since she had let people convince her to break up with her love. I read the whole of the book thinking that if she really wanted him back, she better change her attitude. Obviously, the stupid one was me. I was only 19.
I remember I read it again when I was 27. My perspective of the book changed. I wasn't so annoyed with the protagonist as the first time I read it, and this time I could understand better the ironic and subtle layers that were contained in the story. The first time I was so centered in thinking that Anne was stupid that I didn't pay attention to what was happening around her. This time, I enjoyed the book immensely. I realised it was a story about second chances, about acknowledging our mistakes, and about forgiving. I also have to add that, at 27, I was the same age as the protagonist and I could understand her better.
I read the book again last year, when I was 33, and I absolutely loved it. Events in my real life made me appreciate this book better, and made me put myself in Anne's shoes. Nowadays I think that it is Jane Austen's best book, more mature, more sober, but not losing that subtle ironic tone that she so liked to use in her writing.
So, Persuasion is a book that I would read a million times because I love it. I love the story, I love the style, I love Captain Wentworth (deep sigh and a bit of drooling), and I can appreciate it better, grasping the whole meaning of the novel. I understand that lots of people don't like Austen's novels, thinking that they are silly romantic stories. Please, read this book and you will change your mind. Jane Austen's use of the English language is an exceptional one, and her style is unique. I have just told 3 times that I have read this book in this post, but the truth is that I have read the book around 12 times. I cannot get tired of reading it.