I reread Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale this summer, and the characters won’t leave my thoughts. My thoughts linger on the following: friendship and connection among women and words, determination, blind trust, hope, and finally, with the convenience of time passing, academic analysis of a culture instead of empathy of an individual. I did not think about the book very long the first time I read it, but I was in high school. Now I’m a mom. I’ve sat through quite a few academic lectures. I have experienced more depth to friendships, hope and trust.
There have been other books that I’ve reread and found less compelling–Catcher in the Rye for instance.
I think, just like there is a “reading readiness level” in education and teaching kids to read, there is a book age for individual books. If you luck into reading a well – written book at the right time or age, it’s all the sweeter.
What do y’all think? Are some books better at different seasons in life?