Do you find yourself rereading your favorite books? Do you ever reread?
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Short answer: not really.
Longer answer: Well, maybe sometimes. There are just so many books out there to be read, that I don’t typically like to spend time reading books I have already read. I’m not much of a re-reader (or a re-watcher for TV shows and movies). Once is enough, for the most part. Now I have made exceptions. I do have about a handful of books on my Goodreads re-reads shelf, and the main reason for those is either:
1. I read the book ages ago and now it is a book club selection and I want to refresh my memory.
2. The movie is coming out and I want to remember everything so I can fully judge the adaptation.
I have yet to re-read a book simply because I enjoyed it so much and I want to feel that way again. I’m more often in the search for the next book that will make me feel that way for the first time.
I reread all the freaking time which really gets in the way of my reading schedule. I am one of those people that totally re-watches her favorite movies, and I really see no reason why it should be any different with books. Each time I read, I get to experience the book all over again. Sometimes my reaction to the book isn’t the same as it is the first time I read it. The second time through I usually noticed things I did not noticed before and I can appreciate the writer’s writing style more. I would like to re-read the entire Outlander series (or re-listen I suppose I should say, since I have it on audio.) I have read the Breathing Trilogy by Rebecca Donovan several times. When I was a little kid I used to read my favorite horse series, the Thoroughbred Series by Joanna Campbell, out loud to myself. The first read through was always read normally, but then after that, I would re-read the entire series aloud. I even had different character voices and everything! I think I enjoyed the re-read as much as the first read. To me, it is the ultimate test of a good book: Did I reread it? Do I want to?