Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: How many books have you re-read? If you have re-read books, please tell us the book’s title and why you re-read it.
I have re-read many, many books. I’d guesstimate about a third of the books I read are rereads, which is probably somewhere around 50 re-read books a year…so I won’t try to give you a precise number or the titles! I can try to give you the general why though.
Someone very wise (and I can’t remember who, nor is Google helping) said that you may forget a character’s name or a turn in the plot, but you remember the way a book made you feel. This is my situation exactly–I read a lot and I read fast, which means I get to explore many, many stories, but I also forget many, many details. I’ve sometimes re-read a book (or picked up a sequel) and realized that I’ve forgotten, say, the twist ending that showed the villain to be a hero, or which suitor the heroine chose. You know, minor details! But I remember how I felt.
So I re-read to revisit that feeling. A book was relaxing or exciting or created a world I liked visiting or contained characters I loved spending time with, and I want to go revisit that. I don’t always have the same experience, but often I do–or have a varied but similar enough experience. As L.M. Montgomery compared it in her journal, it’s like meeting an friend again after many years, and seeing if you connect again in the same or a new way.
Beloved books I re-read, sometimes many times (I’m on my fourth–fifth? sixth? I forget–reread of Anne of Green Gables at the moment), long after I remember the major and many minor details. But I want to re-visit the feeling, and sometimes, in the best books, I still find new things I never realized before (did you ever notice how much of Anne is actually about Marilla? I didn’t, until now).
And then of course, in books I only re-read once or twice or at long intervals, I forget all those great swathes of things, so I can still read them to be surprised by the twist ending, or with genuine suspense about how the romance will turn out.
Re-reading books can be a surprisingly controversial question, one of those battle lines among dedicated readers. Do you like to re-read, or would you rather keep moving on to something new?