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QOTD – November 21 – Which Books Do You Pick Up Again?

Margolin's "Best Of" BookCase

Margolin’s “Best Of” BookCase


While I might buy several books each month – somewhere between 10 and 20 – I find that there are old favorites that seem to warrant my attention on regular basis. There are certain styles, or stories, or messages that I need to hear in order to stay sane-ish. There’s something that Salinger, or Frey, or Baldwin can say to me that I haven’t been able to find in anything else; so I return to them.

Question of the Day:

What are the books to which you keep returning?

Catcher In The Rye (Salinger), A Million Little Pieces (Frey), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Not Without Laughter (Langston Hughes), Giovanni’s Room (James Baldwin), The Passing (Nella Larsen), and The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros), are the ones that I tend to re-read on a regular basis.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – November 21 – Which Books Do You Pick Up Again?

  1. kiwiskan
    November 21, 2013

    A lot of poetry books, ‘Doubtful Sounds’ by Bill Manhire, ‘The Christmas Mystery’ by Jostein Gaarder, ‘The Thrill of Falling’ by Witi Ihimaera. But you have reminded me that there are a lot of books to revisit.

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