Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Every once in a while, we'll be discussing a book we all enjoyed. Ingrid, who will have just finished reading it, will say "Oh, I need to own this book." And then Kristan will offer Ingrid her copy, saying that she'll never read it again anyway. Kristan's always running out of space to store books, so she's constantly in the process of bringing in new books and giving away old ones.

For me, saying I'll never read a book again and actually giving it away means I probably didn't enjoy it very much. When I like a book, I automatically plan to reread it, without even thinking about it. I may not ever actually get around to it... but the plan is there in the back of my mind. I guess I just always want to have the possibility of experiencing the story again.

I also find that I'm constantly returning to the last great book that really transported me, wishing to find the same magic it had the first time around, until I find the next book that captures me. It's always bittersweet rereading a book that you've lost yourself in before, because your first experience with it is something you can't have again. If only you could bottle that feeling.

The other reason I return to books is to scour them for inspiration. Every time I read a story again, I learn more about it and how it was put together. I know Sarah does the same thing. Every time she comes to a standstill in her writing, she rereads one of the books that gave her the idea in the first place. She uses it to recalibrate.

I feel like you could learn a lot about me by the books I've reread in the past year. The books I've reread lately are:

• The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
• The How to Train Your Dragon series
• Shadow and Bone
• Alice in Wonderland
• Pegasus

Do you reread books? What have you been rereading lately?


Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I love rereads. While I do love that initial read, there's something comforting about returning to a favorite world.

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