Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

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In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post ‘Confessions of a re-reader‘ so you should definitely go read that too!

 

 

 

This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you’re wondering what it’s like…it’s just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday – THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn’t grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I’ve read multiple times before.

 

I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:

  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)

I don’t re-read every book I’ve ever read, but re-reading a favourite story feels like coming home after a tough day to me. It’s like a book security blanket, where I know what’s going to happen and that in the end (depending on the book) the hero will be OK. It’s probably the most stress-free reading for me. Reading new books can be stressful! Especially if they’re super exciting and the author keeps putting in amazing cliffhangers and there’s JUST NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY to finish it!!

 

I once had a conversation with my Aunt in which she told me that she never re-reads books. Never re-reads them. At the time it sounded like madness to me, and to be honest, it still does. Although I can see why people like my Aunt move on after finishing up a book. I mean, there’s millions of books and stories out there to be read and only one lifetime to do it in, so why waste time on a story you’ve already read? But haven’t you ever just had a craving to read something you’ve already read? I’m loathed to part with my books purely because I know what I’m like. It could be one, two, three years down the line and I’ll suddenly having a craving to read it again. Case in point: my Discworld books. At the moment, they’re all at my parents house (teeny flat is too teeny for all my books) and it feels like every other day I have a mad urge to read one of them.

 

I don’t know, am I the only one that feels like that? Do you reread books? Or once you’ve read them do you just move on to the next one? Let me know your thoughts!

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