Before I get to reading, Trish and Chelsea are asking… why is re-reading a priority (or not) for you?
I love to re-read. I love reconnecting with favorite stories. But in recent years – not just since blogging, but really since discovering Goodreads, which led to the TBR explosion of 2009 – I don’t do it nearly as much.
Part of the problem is that, before I discovered the online bookish community, I was at such a loss for what to read. I had a couple favorite authors, but if they didn’t have any new books out, I really had no clue where to go next. As a result, I spent a lot of time re-reading the books I had… which wasn’t very many… and it did get tiresome.
After all, a lot of these weren’t even books I’d consider favorites, they were just what I had on hand from my brief book-buying phase in college… before I came up with my rule of never buying a book unless I’ve read it before and know I’ll enjoy it.
And even from that rule, you can tell that re-reading is important to me. Books aren’t trophies for me. Some people hate using the library; they want to own every book they’ve ever read so they can look back over the years and be surrounded by the stories that shaped them, for better or worse. I can understand that… and if I were crazy rich, maybe I’d do the same thing. As it is, though, I don’t want to gamble my money on something I may or may not like. So instead, I get nearly all of my books from the library first (before blogging it was probably about 95%, but I’d be curious to run the numbers and see how ARCs have changed that) and only buy books I know I’ll want to re-read.
But… as much as I do love to re-read, and even though I do have plenty of favorites now to choose from, I don’t make it as much of a priority as I’d like to. Which is why this re-read-a-thon is so great! I really wish it was longer than five days (and that I wasn’t going to be busy for two of them), but hopefully this will give me the kick start I need to get back to re-reading more often.
I’ve got three books on my list for the re-read-a-thon. I mentioned yesterday that Life After Life wasn’t doing it for me… and after finally making it to the end, I need something light and fun to help get over it, so I’m reaching for the book that has become my go-to re-read for light and fun, Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number. It’s the only chick lit I own, and for good reason!
After that, I plan to pick up Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. These will probably spill over beyond the dates for the event, but I re-read the first book in the trilogy earlier this year, and have been meaning to return to the others ever since.
Do you re-read?