Do you like to reread books? I know there are some bloggers out there that don’t, but what’s the point of buying a book if you’re only going to read it once? That’s why the second highest recommendation I have for books is “buy”—you should own the book so you can reread it whenever you please.
I recently finished a re-read of Julia Golding’s Dragonfly. I first read this book about six years ago, and as a result I didn’t remember much of it. I did remember that I thought the story was okay, and that the romance was sort of sweet. I decided to pick it up because I was looking for something light, sweet, and funny.
So, imagine my surprise when I start reading and discover there’s religious conflict, politics, and clashing cultures. I had completely forgot about all the world building, and my brain had only stored about a fifth of the plot.
I mean, Dragonfly is still a pretty easy read compared to other books I’ve read, but I started appreciating a whole new depth to the story.
So my question is, when do you reread a book? How long do you wait until you pick a novel up again? I really enjoyed Dragonfly because I didn’t remember much of the story. It was like reading the book for the first time again. Like watching a movie with key parts spoiled because the trailer I’d watched gave too much of the plot away.
But then there are the books that I reread almost immediately or soon after finishing (say, three months after the first read). Books like Carry On, Winter, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
And then there are the instances where the next book in a series is coming out so I reread the series before the release, like my reread of PJO and Heroes of Olympus before the release of Blood of Olympus.
So what about you? Do you reread books and how long do you wait after your last read until you pick it up again? Let me know in comments!