Reading Addict

Reading Restaurants by Laura Raphael

I didn’t think anyone could write a better “set in a restaurant” novel than Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen.

Snobbery by Cindy Hulsey

My sister has accused me of being a literary snob.  I suppose that may be true, but as a librarian, I know that every reader has her book, and every book its reader (to paraphrase S.R. Ranganathan).  I have always assumed that I don’t like romance novels, just as I’ve assumed I don’t like science fiction, horror, action/adventure, and many other genres.  But that’s like saying you don’t like Brussels sprouts without having ever tried them. (I love them, in case you’re wondering.)

Nic Pizzolatto and True Detective by Nick Abrahamson

I opted to read Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto because I've recently become obsessed with True Detective, his metafictional/physical nightmare HBO crime procedural.

The Raphael Rerun Principle by Laura Raphael

The joke in my family is that I like reruns. From leftover pizza to watching that same episode of “Friends” for the tenth time, I find comfort in returning to what I’ve already encountered.

While this belies a rather conservative streak in my character, I suppose, I have an additional explanation: re-watching or re-reading (or re-eating) can also be a richer experience, deeper and more rewarding the second time round than the first.

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