Monday, 9 March 2015

2015 Re-Read Challenge #1 - The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin (1972)



When I planned to challenge myself to re-read five books throughout 2015 I definitely thought about which titles I might choose but ultimately, after discovering last year that making lists of specific books just doesn't work for me, decided not to select them all in advance. Although I do have a few titles in mind I'm hoping that the final lineup of re-reads will be a nice surprise... even to me!

February saw me pick up my first re-read of the challenge; The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin (1972). Whilst I can't deny the fact that this was in part down to the small pagecount, which I thought would make the book a nice break in between longer reads, I also wanted to revisit the novel I 'speed-read' but enjoyed over 6 years ago as part of a project at university.

The book follows photographer Joanna who moves with her family, husband Walter and their two young children, to the seemingly perfect town of Stepford which in reality is hiding a huge secret. Soon Joanna begins to suspect that all is not what it seems in the town of Stepford, but can she expose the town's secrets and get out before it's too late?

Of course The Stepford Wives is one of those famous stories that everyone has heard about and I actually think it's a real shame that I wasn't able to pick up this book (on either read) without any knowledge of how the story would end and what the twist would be. Having said that I did enjoy revisiting the idea and filling in any details and gaps in the story that I might have missed first time around. Overall I'm glad I chose to re-read the book and am hoping to revisit the film adaptation (original 1975 version) again at some point too.

So far I'm feeling really positive about the re-reading challenge and at the time of writing this post I'm currently onto my second re-read of the year - at this rate maybe I'll be able to find time for more than five re-reads in 2015!

Have you set any reading goals for 2015?
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