May 26, 2014

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Question – Re-Reading. Yay or Nay?

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Quick Question this week.  Re-reading.  Do you or don’t you?

I do but I have to admit not nearly as much as I would like to.  I would love to re-read more often but with the blog and my busy personal schedule, I just don’t have the time.  But I will say that if I have read a few books in a row that didn’t turn my crank, I will break out one of my all-time favorites to start up my reading mojo once again.  Lately my go-to book is Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis.  For some reason, contemporary romances tend to break my funk.  No, scratch that.  They don’t tend to break my funk but they are easy to read and my most favorite ones always break my funk.  Others just make me roll my eyes…but that is a post for another day.

Books I had wanted to re-read and found that re-reading them via audiobook is a great way to do so are the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews.  And now I am re-reading via listening the Charley Davidson books by Darynda Jones.  I plan to do the same with Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever and Anne Bishop’s The Others books.  Books I would love to re-read but have to find the time to do so are Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen books and Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell books.  Maybe one day they will be available in audio and I can re-read them that way while doing housework 🙂

So how about you?  Re-reading.  Yay or nay?

  1. I do a lot of re-listening, but not much re-reading. I find it is a great way to get a refresher in a series before a book comes out. I just re-listened to the entire Merry Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton because of that new book and it had been five years since a new book in that series.

    My go to when I’m in a funk is Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. I love the narration of this book and the story of young Clay.

  2. Janice A. says:

    I switch between the audio and the book, depending on my time when I re-read. It also depends on which media I bought the book in. The Dresden files I used the audio, since there is 14, with 15 coming out Tuesday. The Hollows and Dresden files are the only 2 series i have in both medias.

  3. I love rereading, sometimes to refresh my memory before a new installment comes out, and sometimes just because. When I need a comfort read, it will be a book I remember particularly enjoying. But I have to be careful. I’ve discovered that rereading a book too many times, or at too short intervals, can lessen the pleasure. I’ve learned to space them out.

    On the other hand, having reached the point that my memory is overloaded anyhow, I don’t have to wait as long between rereads as I once did. ;D

  4. I should have added the reason that I enjoy rereading. These days I read so much that I find myself going too fast. Not skimming, exactly, but often missing subtleties in favor of getting on with the plot. It’s much different when I’m rereading. I go slower, picking up more nuances and clues that are easily overlooked the first time through. When I’m going to review a book, I prefer to read it, let it sit awhile, then reread it before writing the review. It seems fairer that way to me somehow.

    However, there are also those stellar reads that are so good, so engrossing, that when I come to the end I have to go right back to the beginning and start all over again.

  5. Always re-reading! I read once and I’m in such a rush that I know I miss many details; so re-reading I catch what I’ve missed; even then sometimes it takes 3 or 4 re-reads to get it all.

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I never re-read. I have way too many books that I haven’t read yet to go back and revisit stories I’ve already read. 😀

  7. It depends on my mood and if I get in a funk that re-reading gets me out of. But yes I do re-read. I think I’ve re-read Dragon Bound every year since it came out because it is one of my all time favourites, Slave to Sensation, Murder Game and Vision in White all come in close second. I’m thinking about listening to the Iron Druid Chronicles series instead of reading it but I like having a copy of the books as well, whether there ebooks or books. Sometimes I like to read and listen but my reading is much quicker than listening so that gets old fast too.

  8. I have books that I re-read when I am sad and just need to cheer up. These are usually Nora Roberts or Katie Macalister. Ones that are just a happy and good story, but don’t require an intricate plot.

    And then there are those ones that I have to re-read when a new book comes out because I don’t remember what happened in the previous books. This especially happens when there is a long break between publications. Hence why I often like picking up series when they have been out for a while already.

  9. I re-read all the time! Sometimes I’ll even re-read immediately after finishing a book. But that’s usually only if I’ve been incredibly excited about a book and read through it very quickly. I always find things I missed the first time around!

    One of my most re-read series is KMM’s Fever series. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read those books! And I just finished my re-read of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. I absolutely love those books and wanted a refresh before the third book comes out. I was a little premature – I thought the book came out in June, but it’s not out until mid-August!

  10. Melanie – Five years since the last book?! That’s a long time! And I believe I will have to check out the Men of the Otherworld if it’s about Clay’s beginnings 😉

    Janice – I really must read the Desden files. Actually, if you enjoy them in audio, maybe listening to them is a better idea 🙂

    Mzcue – Good point. Re-reading with a break in between definitely makes the book better. And your comment about immediately re-reading makes a good Question… 😉

    Diane – I think you’re right. Our brains tend to focus on little things making us miss others. Amazing how sometimes a re-read feels like a first-time read lol.

    Barbara – So many books!

    Ally – Gah! I really have to read more Psy-Changeling! I’ve only read the first book. Loved it and not sure why I have not continued…

    Amber – Having ‘happy’ books that are a sure thing is a good idea. What Nora Roberts books do you re-read the most?

    Lizzie – Yes. An immediate re-read is often in order after reading a really engrossing book. I agree. 🙂

  11. O yes, I re-read my favourite series like Anne Bishop, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jean Johnson, Robin D. Owens, at least once a year. They are comfort reads, I know I will enjoy the book, they make me happy again.

  12. I think that I do what you do. If several books in a row are not working for me I put them all down and then just re-read favorite passages from a favorite book. This allows me to re-read my favorite parts without having to re-read the entire book. I like to spend an hour or two re-reading the best parts and then I try a new read again.

  13. I am not a re-reader. There are a few books I’ve re-read but for the most part, I do not re-read. The main reason is that I have way too many books to read.


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