Sunday, January 31, 2016

Discussion: Reading Books Multiple Times

Book Discussion Questions:

Edited 12/1/2016

Do you ever reread books or series?

What have you reread?

What are you wanting to reread?

What are the Pros/Cons of rereading and not rereading in your mind? 

I've wanted to reread the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris (No, I will not refer to it as Trueblood.) for a while. I've never actually finished the series, and truthfully I have no idea where I left off in it. So I plan to start rereading it here in a few minutes. I think this will be good because I can finally finish the series, and the books are fairly short. I loved Outlander, but I don't know if I have it in me to read another 800-page book right now.

I reread books fairly frequently. I recently read The Giver again. I've read the Harry Potter series on more than one occasion. I Clockwork Angel a second time when Chris got me the full Infernal Devices series for Christmas last year. I'm sure there's more, but I'm drawing a blank. As far as what I want to reread (excluding the Southern Vampire series) Hunger Games, Divergent, Wicked, Phillippa Gregory's novels,  and Witch of Cologne are at the top of my list.

I like to reread because a lot of the time I don't read the next book in a series as soon as its available. I'm pretty terrible at reading books as soon as their released. So a lot of series I had read up on the series, but new books have been added. It's most likely been years since I've read the series, and so I've forgotten 90% of what's happened. It helps me catch up and remember what happened, and sometimes it's just nice to catch up with beloved characters.

I don't have any cons for rereading. I know some people are vastly against it, but to me, it's just like watching a movie a second time.

4 comments:

  1. I love rereading certain books.
    I also want to reread Divergent, Hunger Games, and a few other single books. Just like you mentioned it is like watching a movie a second time. It's also somewhat like reliving times with old friends or something.
    I have also picked up on extra details in books when rereading them that I may not have caught the first time around. I have even had a greater understanding of certain characters. As you mentioned we often forget so much of a book so going back and rereading just refreshes us in a way.
    I really want to reread The Giver again. I've read it quite a few times, but not within the past two years so it's time.
    I don't understand why people are against rereading books, although to each their own I guess. Some books I definitely wouldn't reread, but others are always good no matter how many times we read them! :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Tori! Picking up details and understanding of characters is a great point. There's so much in the HP series I missed the first time around, and I'm sure that's the case when rereading most books. I'm about 70 pages into Dead Until Dark, and there's already so much I'm realizing that I've long forgotten.

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  2. I only reread books when it's been several years since the last time I read them, like I would really like to read Percy Jackson again soon. I also read Looking for Alaska as kind of an annual thing because it's one of my favorite books and it means a lot to me... I don't really reread books that aren't my very favorites. :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Skye! I want to reread the Percy books as well or at least the Heroes of Olympus series (I think that's the 2nd series?)

      I've not heard of Looking for Alaska. I'll have to look into that one.

      I can understand only rereading favorites. I have a lot of favorites, so it doesn't really narrow things down for me. Generally for me it's just to get refreshed on a series.

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