New Books That Are Old Friends

There is always the danger, when you pick up the sequel to a beloved book, that it mayyyy end up in the freezer. Well.. Shoving it under a heap of dirty laundry or a pile of old newspapers, or Hiding it in that tiny excuse for a place between the top shelf and the ceiling are a few ideas for what to do when a book terrifies you, makes you cry or puts you in a less than sanguine mood but Joey’s Let’s-Put-It-In-The-Freezer is a personal favourite. And there will be times when you desperately want to do exactly that. Moments when gory thoughts towards the author come rushing to your head for annihilating your favourite character and precious childhood memories. These are the moments you are especially grateful for the lazy gene that seems to have skipped everyone in the family except you.

Moments when gory thoughts towards the author come rushing to your head for annihilating your favourite characters and precious childhood memories. These are the moments you are especially grateful for the lazy gene that seems to have skipped everyone in the family except you.

Reason always prevails. More so, if your favourite character retains their ideal image in your head. In that case, reading a sequel to an old and treasured book feels like coming home. Atticus has been the go-to guy when it comes to raising my two imaginary children Luke and Leia, and Scout the sister I never had. My heart broke when Harper Lee died. And rumour has it that she did not want to publish ‘Go Set A Watchman‘ . However, I’m glad it was. With her style and her mood, Harper Lee created a world I could escape into, whether she wanted to or Not. A world I love very much.One I was happy to return to and meet again.

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