Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just Curious

This came up the comments section of an earlier post, and it got me thinking about rereading books.

I've reread almost every book I own (all of my fiction books that I bought before two years ago, I've reread at least once.) I LOVE rereading books. In fact, most of the time, I like them better the second time because I all ready know what's going to happen, so I can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Plus, school kind of ruined me. I have a degree in English lit, so I had to read a ton in college. I remember one semester I had to read 47 books. So I learned to speed read. And I can not get out of the habit. I speed read everything I read. So if you quiz me on a book (or even ask me about it a few months later) I've forgotten most of the details--I remember the big picture, but that's it. So rereading is fun for me to revisit stories that I blew through the first time around.

Do you reread your books? Just your favorites? None at all?

5 comments:

  1. I speed read too, and I just re-read a book I haven't read in 3 years. It was great. I was able to concentrate on the words and the way she used them. I found myself lingering on a sentence, where usually I race to the finish line. So, I might start re-reading.

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  2. I do like to reread books. I, too, tend to eat them up, so returning for another read-through is never boring. There are books I've read every word of and I look forward to rereading because I know them so well and those I've completely forgotten. Either way, rereading is fun.

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  3. I'm an English Lit major too and I never was able to speed read. I couldn't absorb the book that way. I don't remember details but I do remember the big picture. Re-reading I can't do, unless it has been a really long time.

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  4. I almost never re-read. To me, there are just too many books to get through to read one I've already read. I guess that's why the library is a good fit for me (although I like the look of books on my shelf).

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  5. I almost never, ever re-read.

    I will re-read Jenny Han's summer series, because I SPED through those. I speed through most things. My problem is that most of the time, the books I find incredible, are ones that also break my heart a little. And I honestly don't know if I want to go through it again.
    So, yeah. Only RARELY. BUT, as my daughter gets older, I'm trying to keep "appropriate" books for her to read.

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