Jul 30, 2012

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Question – When You Re-Read a Book, Do You Read It Cover to Cover?

This week’s Question is a mix of my ‘skimming’ Question and my ‘re-reading a scene’ Question.  I decided to ask about skimming while re-reading a whole book.

As I admitted, I often skim descriptive paragraphs when the book is getting extra exciting but I skim even more when I re-read a book.  Well…I should say that I skim most books when I do a re-read.  Did I skim the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning when I re-read them before Shadowfever was released?  No because it’s amazing how many details that I had forgotten.  Heck, it’s amazing how many details Karen was able to cram in those books!  Did I skim while re-reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series?  Yes.  Yes I did.  Does anyone re-read Phury’s book from cover to cover, really?  But did I skim while re-reading Lover Mine?  Nope.  Love that book! Most re-reads, I skim.  It’s funny but I mostly skim the sex scenes when I re-read.  Not all of them, not the especially hot ones, but most because my favorite part of any book is the dialogue and the interaction between the characters and I am not talking about “oh baby, more more, harder harder” kind of dialogue and interaction.  *grin*

So that’s me.  How about you?  When you re-read a book, do you read it cover to cover?


  1. Anci Sköld says:

    Depends on the book! 🙂

  2. Definitely depends on the book. Sometimes I just want to read a certain part, I read the hot tub scene in Ilona Andrews’ Magic Strikes last night, but other times I want to read a book cover to cover and savor every moment. 🙂

  3. I admit to skimming when I reread but for the books I love I read almost all of it. Some books you can tell what parts are my favorites because it automatically opens to them 🙂

  4. This is a great discussion!

    I actually skim a lot less when I re-read. That’s because I return only to books I enjoyed enough the first time through to want to visit again. Plus, I discover more details the second or third time through.

    I read a lot, so I’m always looking for new authors and stories, but I hate to discover that I made a bad choice after I’ve purchased and started a book. That’s why I’m such a faithful blog reader, trying to do my best to make good selections. But I still manage sometimes to go astray. Then I retreat into one of my standbys, or even to dive back into a favorite series—and those I seldom skim.

    The exception is if there is a bleak or painful section that I found particularly hard to read the first time. For example, I find the depravity of the Black Dagger Brotherhood villains hard to take. Since I’ve already been through their evil deeds once when I first read the books, I spare myself on subsequent go-rounds.

  5. Cover to cover and probably a little slower than I did the first time. If I re-read a book a second time, then that means that I LOVED it the first time & probably read it super fast because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens. So, when I re-read it, I will take it slower and savor it more. There isn’t that same feeling of having to hurry up and figure out what’s gonna happen next.

  6. The first time through a highly anticipated book, I’m too anxious to know what happens to savour the book and read slowly. The second time is my most thorough read, but then any further reads are probably skimmed a bit more.

  7. It depends; most times I would say no but some that have really touched me I will read every single word!

  8. I always re-read cover to cover. I find that there are some things that just seem as if I never read them before. The only ones I re-read are series that I love or I just have a little time and want to re-read a “shortie”.


  9. Cover to cover. Every. Single. Time.

  10. No, I reread the Jean M Auel books at least once every year, and I skip the boring and repeating parts. Like that Song of the Mother, in book 5 you get it 6 times or so? Just page filling. But the book itself is still one of my favourites. Except the stupid ending of course.

  11. I’m a re-read it cover to cover, woman. If I liked it enough to read it a second time, I like it enough to read it all.

  12. Great question!
    And it all depends really! With the exception of Dragon Bound (I love that book!) If I’ve read it 3 or more times I tend to skip sections I know I wasn’t keen on or didn’t enjoy but often it’ll read it back to back.
    But some books I’ve re-read 5 times or more Dragon Bound, Dark Magic & Magic Slays I read back to back because I enjoy the whole book and I don’t want to miss anything no matter how many times I read it.

  13. Anci – Totally with you on that. 🙂

    CdnMrs – LOVE that hot tub scene! Have you read it from Curran’s POV? Awesome.

    Paranormal Haven – Love when the book pops open to my favorite parts. Easy to find them that way 😉

    mzcue – That makes sense that since you only re-read books you absolutely love, you don’t skim. 🙂

    Michele – Oh my goodness you are so right! When a book is that good, you tend to read fast to know where it all leads. Re-reading it yet slower…makes total sense. 🙂

    Liz – First fast, second thorough, third plus skim. That actually makes complete sense. I can’t believe I never thought of it. lol

    Diane – Maybe that’s my thing: I tend to stay away from books that are very emotional and ‘touching’ lol

    Lynn – Doesn’t that make you wonder where you were while reading the first time when you find lots of things you missed during your re-read? lol

    Carole – I bow down to you then. *bows*

    aurian – “Except the stupid ending of course” LMAO!

    Dot – I am actually not at all surprised that you are a cover to cover gal. 😉

    Ally – Great choices for re-reads! 🙂

  14. When posting my response to this week’s question, I remembered I’d failed to answer this one. I actually had a response completely written, but then lost it when my laptop flaked out on me. It’s actually very hard for me to skim books (due to that pesky OCD completionist mindset I mentioned in previous books), but I will do it sometimes when re-reading. Like most responders, my answer to this question is “it depends on the book.” If I’m re-reading a series I really love (like the Fever series, as you mentioned), I’m going to read each and every word, and savor them all. Additionally, if I’m re-reading a series with a complex plot and a lot of mystery (where I’m trying to figure out answers the author hasn’t yet revealed), I will definitely re-read every word even if the series wasn’t one of my favorites.

    But sometimes I’m forced to re-read simplistic series I’m more luke warm about, often because a sequel is releasing and I don’t remember enough of what happened in previous books. In these instances, I will absolutely skim. The sections I skim will vary but they will generally be places when the main character interacts with people that don’t really interest me, or POV chapters with characters I don’t care about. I’ve never actually re-read the BDB series, but if I did, I would completely skip Phury’s book, skim Butch’s book, and skip almost every Lessening Society POV chapter in every book.


  15. In most cases I re-read all my books; sometimes 3-4 times. . When I first get a book, especially a series book, I re-read the last book before starting the new one. I miss so many things on my first read. I guess it’s because I’m so anxious to get to the next part of the story. It’s amazing what you didn’t see on the first go round.

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