Jun 212013


Today I’d like to talk about re-reading.

I must admit that I rarely re-read books. I have two series that I would like to re-read, but I loved them so much the first time, I’m scared to revisit them, just in case I no longer love them. Both series I read before I started blogging, and I know my reading tastes and habits have changed since then.

What two series am I referring to? The Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony and the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey. I own both series, minus the last book from each, which I managed to lose during some move, not the latest one though. I love them for very different reasons.

The Piers Anthony series is a fantasy sci-fi series that was written way back in the 80s. It is complex and twisted together, yet still quite short. I first read it as a teenager and I feel like I could re-read it and enjoy it still. But since I know all the twists, so it wouldn’t be quite as fun.

The Jacqueline Carey series is a fantasy erotica that I would never review. But it’s a sexy story with incredible world building behind it. This is the series that I am really afraid that I wouldn’t love again. Mainly because I don’t really read smut anymore. Which is a shame sometimes.

What about you? Do you re-read books? Are there any that you’re afraid of not loving as much the second time around?

  4 Responses to “Discussion: Re-reading”

  1. I used to re-read books ALL the time. Apparently when I was younger, there were a few books I relgiously read and REFUSED to read anything else. This obviously got better as I grew up. A few series I remember re-reading was Harry Potter and Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights Series. I also re-read a lot of singles.

    But ever since I started blogging I haven’t re-read a SINGLE book. And this actually upsets me a little bit. I have these books that I LOVE SO MUCH and just want to LOVE MORE but I don’t because I have too many other books to get to instead.

    I think re-reading is great fun because even though you DO know all of the twists and turns, you get to spot things that the author may have sneakily put in at the beginning of the book as a warning that you may have missed the first time round. Or you get to appreciate how much you LOVE a character so that when something happens to them, you get ALL the feels before it even happens because you KNOW it’s going to happen.

    It’s the same reason why I continuously re-watch films and television programmes as well. 😀

    • I never even thought about the benefits of knowing what happens so you can catch more details. I do that with tv shows all the time, so it makes sense with books too. Great point!

  2. I re-read books all the time. It’s my best defense against a reading slump or if I’m in need of a comfort read. Sometimes I like knowing exactly how a story is going to unfold. At other times, it’s more about revisiting old favorites.

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