Booking Through Thursday: Replay

Have you ever finished a book and loved it so much you went right back and started re-reading it again?

(And obviously, if so, we want titles!)

I distinctly remember the first time I ran across this phenomenon—it was in an introduction for Rosemary Stuttcliff’s The Sword at Sunset, which had been recommended to me by my very favorite high school librarian. But I’ve never done this, unless you count The Illustrated Book of Myths, which I read and reread constantly as a child. After I finish a book, I need to time to digest it, and I only like to revisit a book once I’ve forgotten enough of the details to make a reread (or listen, nowadays) worth it. And I’m rarely motivated to reread, to be honest—I’m like a book shark, I have to keep moving. Not that I don’t reread, obviously, but reading something twice in a row is something I’ve never done and don’t think I will.

8 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Replay

  1. I’m like you. I couldn’t re-read a book right away. That seems so odd. There are some books that I’ve loved so much that I ended up buying so I could eventually re-read them.

  2. I remember doing this with two of Diana Wynne Jones’ books: The Crown of Dalemark (the last book in the Dalemark quartet) and Hexwood. With the former it was because I’d enjoyed it all so much, and it tied up all the plot threads in the previous three books so well; with the latter it was because the narrative had been so tricky that I had to go back and re-read it in the light of knowledge from the ending.

    • I occasionally do the latter with films—I always rag on my cinephile friend for the privilege of having her art form come with a running time. (Meanwhile, there’s no run times on books…) I rarely to never do it with books, however.

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