I've just been to a Blogwarming Party over at Justine Picardie's.
I'm as possessed reading Daphne as Justine must have been writing it and can feel all sorts of reading trails opening up as a result, it will be good to hear Justine's thoughts on it all as the book forges a life of its own.
Currently Daphne is content and settled in Devon, the weather is atrocious, the fire is lit, chocolate is available and this reader will be curling up any minute now.
I've also been preparing for my reread of Rebecca by taking a look at a book I bought recently, quite helpfully titled Rereadings and edited by Anne Fadiman. Seventeen writers revisit books they love and Patricia Hampl's account of the joy she gets from Katherine Mansfield's Journals and Letters is worth the cost of the book alone. However it's Anne Fadiman's Foreword: On Rereading that is setting the scene so perfectly for me, it's just brimful with like-minded thoughts, I might just as well have underlined every page in the end, here's a taster,
'One of the strangest motivations for rereading is purely selfish: it helps you remember what you used to be like...your earnest, anxious, pretentious embarrassing former self, a person you thought you had left behind but who turns out to have been living inside you all along.'
Now that will be interesting.