Wednesday, October 05, 2011

FIR '011 Question #2

Katrina is posing a question each week to go along with the Fall Into Reading Challenge.  This week's question is:

"How often do you reread books?  What does it take to make you reread?"

I have favorite books that I definitely wish to reread but there are just so many new books and stories that I want to get to that unless I make an intentional point of re-reading it usually just stays a wish.  (That's why I love these challenges, because I can make it intentional to get to those books I keep meaning to get to.)  For a book to make me want to re-read it, it has to draw me emotionally, touch my heart in some profound way, or have lots of layers to it that I want to revisit.  The characters and their stories have to draw me in and make me want to revisit them.  A well-written fiction novel that teaches me something is always something I'm drawn to pick up more than once.

 The bible is the only non-fiction book that is a continual re-read with me.   There are a couple of fiction series I just love that that I've re-read a few times, I usually like to make those a summer project.  And there are a few stand alone books that call my name regularly from my bookshelves that I get to every couple of years.  The book that I have re-read the most is "Ribbon of Years" by Robin Lee Hatcher.  I get something new from it everytime.

What about you guys?  Do you re-read books or is new territory what you stick to?  What makes you want to re-read a book?


Claire said...

I'm pretty much a committed re-reader, although I don't get to re-read as frequently as I'd like as like you say there are always new books coming out.

My answer is here if you'd like a look :)

Carrie said...

I have a post coming up on this very thing next week. I've been thinking a lot, lately, about re-reading books. I think it's important, but I seldom make the time. Going to make some changes here shortly!

Kathie said...

I re-read lots - especially children's books and classics. I always get more from a second or third or some , I think maybe 10 times. It's because I slow down to read - and notice more. But it has to be a really good book for me to re-read.

Shonya said...

I am a big re-reader and am looking forward to posting my answer to this question tomorrow! I was about to ask what you fiction re-read series is, but now I'm distracted by looking up Ribbon of Years! :)

nikkipolani said...

Yes, there are piles of books to be read and piles to be listened to. But sometimes I get in the mood for a book I've loved and I take a break to re-read. When I can't fall asleep, I put on a familiar story, set the volume as low as it will go, and set my iPod on timer. Works every time.

Karyn said...

I love re-reading books! I intersperse new reads with old ones - some are like old friends.

I read Ribbon of Years based on your recommendation this summer - loved it! It will be a re-read, for sure!