Monday, September 1, 2008

Musing Mondays: ReReading


Miz B at Should Be Reading poses this question:

Do you ever reread books? Do you have any favorites that you like to reread over and over, maybe once a year? What are they? What do you think you get out of rereading a book? Why do you do it?

I can honestly say that I'm not a re-reader, even if it's one of my favorites.

In fact, I remember one morning a few years ago when my mother-in-law was having outpatient surgery...I got ready to leave with her for the hospital and realized I was in between books with nothing on hand to read. I grabbed a favorite book on my way out the door...and found myself unable to read past the first few pages, even though I had hours at my disposal in the hospital waiting room.

Once I read a book and know how it's going to go and end, that's it for me. I can't read it again with fresh eyes, and I feel no need to read just to re-visit my favorite passages.

That leads me to my next reason...any phrase that I love in a book makes it into my book journal, so the best of that book lives on for me in those pages.

Finally, now that I'm book blogging and more serious about my TBR list, the stack of books that constantly begs for my attention leaves no time for rereading!

What about you?

3 comments:

Mary said...

Nope, not a re-reader. However, I just finished The Guernsey LIterary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm hanging on to that one (after my daughter finishes it) and plan to re-read it one day.

LisaMM said...

I'm not a re-reader either. The only books I've re-read are childhood favorites that I've read a 2nd time to my own children- The Secret Garden, Charlotte's Web, etc., and they were wonderful the second time around too.

Ti said...

I have been known to re-read certain books. To Kill A Mockingbird, A Separate Peace, East of Eden are just some to name a few. They are the type of books that become more meaningful as I grow older. Every time I pick one of them up I feel something different.

I could never read contemporary fiction more than once.