Do you reread books (once, twice, every year)? If so, which ones and why?
The only writer whom I read more than once is David Foster Wallace. His prose is just so good that no matter how many times I read it, I always find it interesting.
Aside from that, I don't reread books because of a simple reason: there are so many good ones so every time I finish a book, I immediately know which one I want to read next.
This past year I re-read "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans because of it being a series of five books for the next five years. Since the 2nd sequel ("Miles To Go") came out April, 2011, I wanted to refresh myself with the story. It is amazing how easy it is to forget, and I was glad I reviewed "The Walk" again.
I bought "Miles To Go" the day it came out last April. It is a continuation of "The Walk." Since the 3rd installment comes out May 8, 2012, ("The Road To Grace"), I am going to re-read "Miles To Go." I have already pre-ordered "The Road To Grace" off Amazon.
To all writers: I highly recommend these books! Richard Evans writes them in the first person, as if he is talking straight to you. He keeps a diary, and excellent diary quotes introduce each chapter. VERY inspirational, his story. I know I will re-read "The Road To Grace" next year before the 4th installment comes out.
Also, since I LOVE Lord Of The Rings, I purchased the book, "The Hobbit" to read before Peter Jackson's movie comes out December this year. There's a chance I will read that book twice also.
Finally, quite often I re-read "The Christian's Secret Of A Happy Life" by Hannah Whitehall Smith. For anyone going through a trial, I highly recommend it. The book saved my life in the 1970's.
Blessings to all, Sparklea
I reread books after a long gap of few years. I love humor. Any book that appealed to me first round is good enough for a second or third read. I often reread Wodehouse, Richmal Crompton and James Herriot.
I do not reread books because I am a time management advocate and don"t like to repeat a book aware of the ending. The only movie that I have viewed twice are usually personally motivated and is used as a self help mantra to improve my present outlook. Those movies are normally women impowering movies showing a woman's strength in difficult times. These movies include, "Enough" starring Jennifer Lopez and believe it or not Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock. Current movies seem too commercial to be of any inspiration. Although Bridesmaid showed a smart woman who made the best choice to move on from a maybe relationship to a relationship with someone who was truly interested in her, I thought the movie was a bit tacky with what the directors had the women to do. Because of those moments in the movie, I would not watch it again.
Only once or twice per year? I reread my favorite books every two or three months. Ones by Patricia Briggs, Kresley Cole, Margaret Mallory, Karen Marie Moning, etc.
I have a few books I've read several times. It's like revisiting an old friend. I enjoy reliving the experience and scenes within those books.
Juliet Marillier and Jane Austen are two of my favorite authors that I enjoy rereading.
I read several dozen books a year so sometimes I'll reread one to refresh my memory and sometimes I forget I've read it until I'm several pages in.
Funny you should ask... Like Pamela N Red, I have a few favorites whose characters have become "old friends" I enjoying visiting from time to time.
Right now I'm re-reading the Mitford / Father Tim series by Jan Karon. I first checked out the dozen or so books from the library, but liked them so much that I acquired my own copies...plus the Bedside Companion and the Mitford Cookbook.
After the Mitford series, I'll re-read Nora Roberts' "Garden Trilogy". Haven't read it in a few years and have pretty much forgotten the plot twists and turns, so it'll be like reading it for the first time again.
Other than the Bible, I rarely ever re-read books - just don't have the time. Or rather, the time I spend re-reading takes away time I could use reading another book and all that goes with it, such as expanding my breadth of knowledge, personal growth, simple enjoyment, etc. Same thing with movies: one and done. I rarely watch a movie a second time if left to my own devices.
Do ti all the time. I have so many books (on baseball mostly) that I need to reread them to remember stuff.
The only books I ever re-read are my textbooks. I've read my biology book about 3 times now. I have read 2 fiction novels twice: Robin Cook's Blindsight, and Watership Down. I guess I've read Edgar Allen Poe's work a few times as well. But the only thing recently I've re-read has been a textbook of some kind. I'm boring I know lol
I tend to re-read books that are light and fun Top re-reads are:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
The Nightrunner series
Red Dwarf spin-off novels
I've also re-read my favorite books of poetry loads of times.
There are a handful of books I re-read every so often. Books like The Brothers Karamazov, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Olive Kitteridge and Stern Men. They are books that unfold over time. They reveal something new to me each time I go back to them. Perhaps I just return to them with more experience of life and so am able to find more in them. I'm not sure. But I will never stop re-reading great books.
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