Stuck on Repeat

Hello, hello! How’s everyone doing this Wednesday? Things here are about the same as usual. It’s time for all of those yearly meetings, so people know we’re still alive and I’m still cripple and poor (the government has to check, I guess). But half of those are still virtual, so that’s good. Anyway, if you read last week’s post, you know I’m doing one of those pick a number things. This week’s pick is courtesy of the beautiful Roxie with number 7! I’ve done 13 (you can find the prompt list there). And 2, 8, 3, 10, 6, 14, 11, and 1 have all been claimed. Feel free to pick one of the remaining numbers. But let’s get back on topic. The prompt is “Tell me which book you’ve re-read the most times.” That’s a hard one…

The thing is, I don’t re-read things very often. I don’t have comfort books that I keep returning to time and again. When I do re-read something, it’s usually for a reason. Like, if it’s a series and a new book is coming out after a couple of years. But even then, I’ll try reading the new book first and seeing what I remember. If I can’t remember certain things, Google is my friend. If I remember little to nothing, then I will read the other books again. Don’t get me wrong. I have a huge list of books I want to re-read, but there are just so many new books and books that are new to me. There’s not enough time.

I’ve read the Harry Potter books three times all the way through and Lord of the Rings twice that I remember. I believe I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon three times as well. But I’m a super slow reader (I get through 35 books a year if I push it), so if I do read things repeatedly, it’s usually short stories or poems. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Gilman) or “A Rose for Emily” (Faulkner). My favorite poetry collections are Cruelty by Ai (which I’ve read at least five times) and The Wild Iris by Louise Glück (also read four or five times). And I won’t list the individual poems I go back to all the time.

Now, if you count manga and the like, I’ve re-read way too much stuff. I go back to Kaori Yuki’s stuff more than I should probably say. Angel Sanctuary and Boy’s Next Door are my favorites. They’re disturbing and entirely fucked up, but I love them. BND was the first story I read that told you from the very beginning what the ending was and still managed to make me an emotional wreck by the time we got to the end. No, I don’t recommend it to everyone because of all of the content warnings it should have, but if you’re already a dark, twisted soul… go find it. Same with Angel Sanctuary, but for very different content warnings. I could also list some more normal things like Sailor Moon and Fullmetal Alchemist, but it probably won’t help you think better of me at this point. I like weird stuff. This is why I don’t include manga and manhwa on my GoodReads profile very often.

There you go. The stuff I re-read. It’s usually weird or would freak people out. Sorry, not sorry. What about you? Do you re-read soft and cuddly comfort books? Or do you prefer re-reading things that rip your heart out and wreak havoc on your soul? Or something in between? As always, feel free to leave your comments or questions here or on my social media pages!

14 thoughts on “Stuck on Repeat

  1. -” I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Gilman) or “A Rose for Emily” (Faulkner).”

    I know both of those stories. “The Yellow Wallpaper” more from my listening to old time radio almost too much, and they have several episodes that story from CBS Mystery Theater to Suspense. I like OTR (Old Time Radio) because it is usually all free to listen to via the internet (publishing rights ran out and it is public domain.

    I am a big William Faulkner fan. He is the James Joyce of our Dirty South haha
    “A Rose for Emily” was one of his first published works before WW2, and GUESS WHO DUNNIT????????????

    The Forum, an old, well respected literature journal started in 1885 by Issac Rice that closed journal covers in 1950 published that Southern Gothic tale on April 30, 1930.

    I just got it confused with “Miss Zilphia Gant”, wrote in 1928, published in 1932 by
    THE DALLAS WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB and it’s first print is worth around $675-$750.
    WOW!!!!! My Austin College used to have that sitting on the library shelves.

    So I got my history buff lick in tonight!

    https://www.johnwindle.com/pages/books/108676/william-faulkner/miss-zilphia-gant

    https://dallasinstitute.org/calendar/william-faulkner-the-classic-short-stories/

    Now where did Shreve go in Memphis?????????????

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  2. PS

    Some chick has a SAILOR MOON Dodge Charger at the Royse City Murphy’s Gas Station that she works at in those new fancy print wrap stickers. IT IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    and I never have even read Sailor Moon, just saw it for a few minutes on adult swim. I asked her if that was her car. She said, “Yes” and added she got it done in Houston for several hundred dollars cheaper than Dallas.

    I told her,
    “YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    hahaha

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      1. Yes! Maybe I can get one. I have been busying working the seasonal twilight shift at UPS, and loading up on white collar, day job interviews. Maybe when I get paid enough, I can find it. The Murphy’s is right by the Wal Mart in Royse City with the Golden Fleece, the SAILOR MOON car! I hope she is still working there. I saw it in July. I will inquire soon…………………….(to be continued)

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      2. Don’t work too hard! And good luck with the job interviews! You got this!!!

        Was that too many exclamation points? I feel like it was too many. I promise I’m only a little crazy, not as crazy as the exclamation points indicate.

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      3. No, it just fine, my lady, with those exclamation points!!!!!! hahaha
        I am off and home tonight.
        I what I learned tonight at UPS,
        I am just too damn good and smart for that small pay bullshit!
        😉

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      4. I just won’t wear my Bo Jackson jersey at work anymore cause their are too many smaller people!

        and as for crazy for the exclamation points……..

        Let us JAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        to
        SEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=crazy+by+seal&docid=608025077373535550&mid=FF74804E78A6F876C612FF74804E78A6F876C612&view=detail&FORM=VRAASM&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DSEAL%2BCRAZY%2B%26FORM%3DHDRSC3

        WORD!

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  3. – I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Gilman) or “A Rose for Emily” (Faulkner).

    I know “The Yellow Wallpaper” from listening to too much Old Time Radio (OTR). Hey, it is mostly free (publishing rights are now public domain) and helps with my listening skills. They have several episodes on OTR from CBS Mystery Theater to Suspense.

    I am a big William Faulkner fan, our James Joyce of our own Dirty South!
    “A Rose from Emily” was one of his first published short stories in “The Forum”, which was very well-respected journal of literature by Issac Rice (1) from 1885-1950, on April 30, 1930.

    THE DALLAS WOMEN”S BOOK CLUB published
    “Miss Zelphia Gant” in 1932, but it was written in 1928.
    My Austin College used to have this first print just sitting around to read on the regular shelves too! It is now worth $500-$750 yankee greenbacks!!! (2)

    References
    ———————————————————————————————
    Yes, my comments do have references!
    EAT YOUR HEART OUT, TERM PAPER ENGLISH TEACHERS!!!

    (1) I found this on Mister Rice on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Rice)
    “Rice was a prominent figure in the American chess world. He became president of the Manhattan Chess Club, and presented for competition several trophies, including the one that was competed for annually by cable by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, representing England, and those of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia, representing the United States.

    In 1895 he discovered a variation of the Kieseritzky gambit, which then became known as the Rice Gambit. He then sponsored tournaments where the opening became the starting point of each game. Emanuel Lasker and Mikhail Chigorin were two of many players who contested these tournaments, with bonus prizes for white wins. In 1904 he formed the Rice Gambit Association which published a detailed analysis of the effects of the move.

    Notable chess game
    Rice played White in this game against Wordsworth Donisthorpe, played in London in 1892.[17] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bh3 9.Qe2+ Kf8 10.Rd1 Bg4 11.d4 Nf6 12.Nc3 Nh5 13.Ne4 f5 14.Rf1 “Fine repartee. If Black now take the knight, White recovers with advantage by 15 Nxh4+.” Nd7 15.Qg2 Bf6 16.Neg5 Qe7 17.Ne6+ Kf7 18.Nfg5+ Bxg5 “A beautiful termination is here avoided if 18…Kg6 19 Qxg4 fxg4 20 Bd3+ Kh6 21 Nf7 mate.” 19.Qxg4 Bxc1 20.Qxh5+ g6 21.Rxf5+ “White’s conduct of the attack is of high scientific order. This involves a well devised sacrifice of the exchange which we find sound in various intricate complications.” Nf6 22.d6 “White’s play in the main deserves special marks of distinction.” cxd6 23.Rxf6+ “Quite in keeping with the fine quality of the preceding train of moves on White’s part.” Qxf6 24.Qd5 “White administers the quietus with this very clever stroke.” b5 25.Qb7+ Qe7 26.Ng5+ Kf6 27.Ne4+ Qxe4+ 28.Qxe4 1-0 Annotations by World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz in the New York Tribune.

    I may have to pull out the ole checkerboard now, Lum!

    (2) https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Zilphia-Gant-WILLIAM-FAULKNER/dp/B001E9MYAA

    Now it is $995 on Amazon!
    with comments in Espanol!!
    WOWZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am having too much fun before my nightshift job at UPS hub!
    Santa’s Elves!!!!

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  4. Silly, stupid fools call people crazy,
    For crazy is what they will never understand.

    As intelligence lives,
    Prospers,
    as a butterfly,
    from the cocoon,
    to the knowledge,
    my dear!

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Cee+Lo+Crazy+Song&&view=detail&mid=383AFED8C31DE6986796383AFED8C31DE6986796&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DCee%2BLo%2BCrazy%2BSong%26FORM%3DRESTAB

    4am party in house before I go to sleep,
    and get up at 7am

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  5. OKAY!
    that last video may be tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    craZy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So I will end with the maestros…………..

    The Beatles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You take care my lady!
    I found your blog looking for a German restaurant in Rowlett!
    and dammit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FRITZL’s is gone!

    but
    I will always ROOT for MEIN DEUTSCHLAND1
    We may QATAR!

    HAHA

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    1. Music! I love it. And, dude… I miss Fritzl’s. I wonder if the Bavarian Grill in Plano survived the plague/everything. I’m still not going to restaurants (poor lungs + Covid = stuff I don’t want to risk), but I should probably keep a better eye on places we used to go.

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