Thursday, my Friday, Book Chat day! As always, you can link up on Sweet Green Tangerine.
Today’s Question: Do you like to re-read books? Which are your favorite to read?
I do. I love to re-read books. In fact, I think it’s completely underrated and really, if you truly love to read, you will re-read, too. I don’t mean to judge if you’re not a re-reader, I just think you’re missing out SO much.
When I was a child, I constantly re-read the same books. I have one shelf of my old elementary school & pre-teen novels, and I could practically recite any of them back to you, even after so many years have passed since I last picked one up. California Diaries, Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, various titles by R.L Stine, Kit Pearson, and a ton of other awesome 90′s books that I would pick up at Garage sales.
As a teenager, I did a lot of re-reading as well. Obviously, Harry Potter. I loved reading those, but I must admit I didn’t re-read the later ones nearly as much because they were so big. I read the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella several times in high school as well as a few of her other books that had been out back then.
I was also weirdly in love with a particular French series of books by V.C Andrews that my grandmother lent me when I was in high school. The English translation of the book series is ‘The Landry Family‘ and it’s twisted, classic V.C Andrews, and I have no idea why but I just ADORE those books. In fact, I made my grandmother promise not to ever get rid of them when I gave them back to her (after reading them several times) because I wanted them so badly. And in fact, when she passed away, it was the first thing my mother let me take out of her apartment. The books not only have their own space on my bookshelf, but they make me think SO much of her every time I look at them. I’ve been waiting for a good moment to finally read them again, for the first time since I was a teenager and able to avidly discuss them with my grandmother, who had loved them very much too.
Now that I’m older and have a more in-depth knowledge of books (thank you, job in book industry!) I’ve definitely re-read books much less, because I’m constantly buying NEW books. In the last two years I’ve made a point of re-reading favorites, and the more I do it the more I am reminded of just how much I love them. In the last 3-4 years I have re-read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (a long-time favorite), The Hunger Games series, and the entire collection of Harry Potter. I’ve begun to remember, slowly, just how important it is to keep these stories in my life, and plan on re-reading some of them every year from now on. I have a fairly vast book collection, and I don’t think there is any point to it at all if I don’t take full advantage, and crack open some books I’ve loved so much, time and time again!
Some novels I’d like to re-read in the near future:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The entire Mortal Instruments series
- The Jessica Darling series
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
To be honest, I could have probably gone on longer, but I think that dozen is a good enough start!
Do you re-read favorites? If not, why and if so, what are some of your favorite re-reads?