Some people like to read a book once, and then they’re done. The plot is resolved and they know whodunnit, so it’s time to move on to the next book. Other people reread a favorite book every few years, and still others keep it on their shelves in case they may want to read it again someday. Are you a frequent re-reader, an occasional one, or are you “one and done”? How do you decide what to reread, and when?
Extra Credit: What was the book you reread?
I love re-reading. I love to re-live a plot and take another look at the characters and see the things that I didn’t see the first time when I just wanted to know what happens next?! However. If I had the luxury of three lifetimes, I would not get to all of the books I want to read. So I don’t indulge in it as much as I’d like.
When I was young, I re-read lots of stuff. But whe I was young, there weren’t nearly so many age-appropriate books. I recently confessed on Booking Through Thursday to having a rather ragged copy of Flowers in the Attic. There are a few novels from the original V series that I read to death. I would love to find a hardcover copy of my first chapter book, Little Witch, because it is out of print and my old paperback version is in quite sad shape. ($75.00 is the best price I have ever seen for a decent copy. Do you believe?)
I have mentioned that I used to read Gone with the Wind every summer through high school and college. I haven’t picked it up for more than a reference check in years.
This year, I re-read Jane Austen’s Persuasion while I was on vacation. It was a Kindle freebie and an old favorite. I also re-read The Outsiders, by S.E. Sinton, because I found a darling copy in a used book store and got nostalgic. I am considering re-reading A Christmas Carol, as well. Those are all short novels.
The last time I re-read anything of the epic variety was A Tale of Two Cities a few years back. I would like to do that again sometime. Kindle would be good for that too.
It is now official that I spend as much time shopping for books and talking about books as I spend actually reading them.