02 August 2012

Rereading books - do you?


In the last weeks I have reread a lot of books, it's something I always do when I'm in a reading slump. But I not only reread books when I'm in a reading slump, I do it regularly regardless of if I have lately read some great books or not. 

I love revisiting characters I have read about before. Every time I reread a favourite book I learn some new little details about my beloved characters and the world they life in. Every time I reread a favourite book I feel fantastic and happy.
In my family I'm the only one who regularly rereads books. My mother and sister, who are also avid readers, never reread books and they don't really understand why I do it. And I know that a lot of other readers also don't reread books.

The books I like to reread are mostly contemporary romances, for example books by Nora Roberts (the bride quartet, the In Death books and maybe a trillion others :) ), books by Linda Howard (hello Mackenzie's and many more), books like "See Jane Score" by Rachel Gibson, "Natural Born Charmer" by SEP and some others. Right now I'm rereading "Anna and the French kiss" by Stephanie Perkins and I love it as much as I did when reading it the first time, but maybe even more. 

Rereading books strengthens my love for a book, the characters and their story. Rereading books is like visiting good friends that you are always happy to see. Rereading books means for me having a great time and that's why I do it.

Do you like to reread books? And if you do, which books do you reread?

27 comments:

  1. I just blogged about this recently :-) and yes, I do re-read, but rarely. Unfortunately those humongous TBR piles make me feel guilty about even thinking of re-reading another book *lol*. Yet when I do, it's like you said, it strengthens my bond to the characters, and of course every time I discover new little details to the story which makes me even fonder of the story.

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    1. II stopped feeling guilty about rereading books even though I still have more than enough books in my TBR pile long ago. It's just not worth it.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I just love to reread books! Like you I am doing that on a constant basis but I am the only one in my family who does. I was asked some month ago why I reread books. The woman who asked me couldn't understand the use in reading a book twice. But I learn so much more about characters and a story while rereading a book...and even if there are lots of new books waiting it feels so good to reread some books from time to time. :D

    Like I'll do soon with "Anna and the French Kiss" and the Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. I love to reread Noras books!!!! :3

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    1. You are my kind of reader. :)
      I think some people can't understand rereading books because they don't want to understand it.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. I'm rereading a lot! I guess every second book I read is a reread. And since I don't even have to worry about a TBR pile, that's not even an issue.
    My mom does it as well, although she has to wait a few months before she can reread a book. I'm not like that. For example, I reread "Anna and the French Kiss" right after I finished it. I read the last page, spent a few minutes grinning like a (happy) idiot and went back to the first page. Right now I'm rereading the "Chespapeake Bay" series by Nora Roberts. Now that you mentioned it I realised that I mostly reread series, of course there are quite some stand alones too, but once I reread a book I usually reread another book by the author (because I get so involved in the writing style and atmosphere of the author), so series are the logical choice (I see Linda Howard's great stand alone novels like "Cry No More", "Now You See Her" and many more as a series, they just kind of feel like one).
    A thing that's great about rereading is that you know you'll love the book. You're happy to revisit those great characters and don't have to worry about unpleasant plot developments. I just LOVE rereading! :D

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    1. I'm exactly the same. I tend to reread books quickly after I finished them for the first time, sometimes immediately after I finished them. Great books deserve to be read more than once.
      Btw, I also love "Now you see her", there are so many wonderful emotions in the book. I'm hoping that the upcoming book by Linda Howard will be a bit like her older ones.

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    2. I agree. "Now You See Her" is one of my favorites by Linda Howard. But then, I love practically all of her older books. :] Unfortunately her more recent books just aren't as good anymore (at least in my opinion). I started "Prey", but didn't even finish it because I really didn't like the way the main characters acted around each other. I'll get back to it, though. Maybe I was just in a strange mood while reading it.
      But I'm sure that Linda Howard will write more great books very soon! :]

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  4. Absolutely. There are lots of good books but there are just some books that MOVE IN and I couldn't imagine only getting to visit with that book one time. And hell, if it's not worth rereading, it might just be that it wasn't worth reading in the first place. I've read Pride and Prejudice, I Capture the Castle, Small Gods, Reaper Man, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Scarlet (the laughably horrible sequel to Gone With the Wind) so many times that I've had to replace my original copies. I'm starting a third reading of the Harry Potter series as we speak. I have about 150 unread books on my TBR. I'll get to them one day, but not by forsaking old friends for new. :)

    To think...if I could only read new books and could never again visit with my dear Jane...

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    1. That would be so sad! Like you I love revisiting old, beloved characters and will never stop with it.

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  5. To be honest, I usually don't reread books. I have reread Emma in the past & probably will do so in the future. (One of my favourite books) And I also reread books in a series when the last book is coming out & I totally forgot what the story is about. Oops. ;) There are just so many new books out! :)

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    1. True, there are a lot of books out there and I want to read so many of them.:) But rereading books is something I still enjoy.

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  6. I re-read so many books. Same as on your list... ALL Nora Roberts. Loved "See Jane Score" and I'm not sure it has anything with being named JANE. lol!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Julie Garwood books. "Mercy" being my favorite set in this time and her Historical books in Scotland as well.

    Lately I've been into Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. There is just something about that I like. Good Characters always get me and I love seeing those characters evolve.

    Can't wait for the new Garwood one coming out soon. :) Enjoy!

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    1. It's great to hear that other readers are as big fans of rereading books as I am.
      Btw, I would love to read a great book in which the heroine is named Sabrina, that would be so cool. :)

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  7. O yes, I also like to reread some books, and I do feel guilty as my TBR pile is something that will never get read in my lifetime, even if I stop adding to it now. Which is impossible.

    I read at least once a year the books by Laurell K. Hamilton, I just love those 2 series. And those huge ones by Jean M. Auel, but those get skimmed a lot! Especially the later ones. JD Robb has been read twice as well. And if I have read a book years ago in Dutch and I find the English version, I like to read that one. And when I am ill or very tired, I like to reread my favourite childrens books (Enid Blyton anyone?)

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    1. You are definitely my kind of reader. :)
      Don't feel guilty about your TBR pile, if I remember correctly it's a huge one, so one book less or more doesn't count. :)

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  8. I do not reread books too often, although some authors are definitely worth it. On the other hand I often buy the audio versions of books I've read and I'll listen to those quite often ... its great when I'm working since I know the story it doesn't really matter if I miss a bit because I'm concentrating too hard

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    1. I do the same, most of the audio books I own are of books I have already read.

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  9. I own an historical romance called Sabrina by Johanna Lindsey. I think I liked it a lot :)

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    1. Mmmh, I think I might also know the book, but forget about it. Need to look it up.

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  10. Hi!
    I love to reread books. I've started it ages ago when I borrow the same children and YA books again and again in our library. Now I reread a lot of my favourite books once a year (or every two years). Most of the time FS books, like Lord of The Ring, Harry Potter, all books from Guy-Gavriel Kay (an author most german FS-lovers don't know so well), the Lioness-books from Tamora Pierce, the Pern-books from Anne McCaffrey, also some from Roger Taylor, Chris Wooding and Susan Cooper. Newer books I've reread only once are books frome Suzanne Collins, Lauren Oliver, Ju Honisch, Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare (only TMI 1-3).
    Some historical stuff from Rebecca Gable or Tanja Kinkle I've also reread.

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    1. I love that you have a long list of books you like to reread. To see that others feel the same about rereading their favourites is heart-warming.

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  11. i would love to re-read some of my favourite books, but i have so much awsome books wainting on my TRP
    that i cant stand the feeling of guilt ^^

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    1. I'm so over this feeling, but I still can understand why you feel this way.

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  13. As do I!! I LOVE re-reading books. I usually go for L.M. Montgomery ones, though. hehe I have this girlish fascination with Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon. Reading about them always feels like reconnecting with kindred spirits. Sigh...

    :)

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    1. That's how I also feel when I reread favourite books, it makes me so happy.

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