Friday, October 18, 2013
Discussion Question: To Reread or Not?
I used to reread books. A lot. When I was younger, I would read my favorite books over and over again. Part of the reason is because there really weren't that many books to read. At least young adult books. What's funny is that I still remember those books so much because I read them so many times. Now, I feel like there are so many books that I usually don't reread books unless I have to because they are part of a series. I usually try and reread earlier books in series when the new ones come out because otherwise I just won't remember what's going on and then I won't enjoy the new book as much. There is a website that some of you may know about, Recaptains, which summarizes all of the major plot points of books that are part of a series so you don't have to reread them. Definitely check it out.
I have two books that are the second in the series right now and I've put off reading them because I really don't want to reread the first books. I'll do it at some point but I'll really skim them (Recaptains doesn't have summaries of those two books).
There are a few books I've reread just because I'm in a certain mood and I know exactly what to expect from the book. Like Pride and Prejudice. I read that about once a year. Oh, Mr. Darcy! And Time Traveler's Wife, I've read that one a few times. I always know I'm going to cry and sometimes you just need that. And I've come across a few contemporary YA books that have just made me smile and I know that if I'm feeling down and I just want to read a book with a HEA that I can pick one of those up. But other than that, not a big rereader these days.
Other than my favorite classics, I don't reread. This does create problems for me when I start a series that isn't complete. In fact I am currently trying NOT to do this. I have so many completed series that I want to read that I am trying to read those before starting any new ones.
Even though I don't reread books I do listen to books I have previously read. I really enjoy listening to books and sometimes I am doing this while also having to "think". For example, editing digital photos of my kids younger years. When I want to be able to listen, but not have to completely focus, I will listen to the same books again and again particularly when there is a good narrator. For example, Jim Dale, who narrated the Harry Potter series is one of my all time favorites.
Do you reread books? If so, why?