Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Re-reading Old Favourites

by ANDREA MACK on JUNE 11, 2010

After reading Jennifer Hubbard’s post on re-reading, I got thinking about books that I re-read and the reasons why. Even though almost nothing gets me more excited than finding a wonderful new book to read (except maybe solving a challenging issue in my writing), sometimes I just want to pick up an old favourite. Why?

  1. It’s comforting, like spending time with an old friend or family member without having to talk.
  2. When I’m feeling tired, sometimes it’s easier to read something where I already know what’s going to happen.
  3. The story is compelling and, even though it’s different than reading it the first time, I want the experience of reading it again.
  4. I want to share, so I read it aloud to one of my daughters.
  5. I admire the writer’s skill and want to get a feel for their writing techniques again, or I want to research how the writer handles a particular element of writing. Even when this is my purpose, I often get caught up in the story!

A few of my favourite books to re-read:

  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (or any of the HP books)
  • These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

– Andrea

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Carmella 06.11.10 at 7:44 am

I love to reread books! I’ve read Stephen King’s The Stand several times. Ditto for To Kill a Mockingbird. Some more of my favorites:

Turnaround (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Savvy (Ingrid Law)
Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)

Kate Fall 06.11.10 at 7:19 pm

I reread a lot, for all 5 reasons you mentioned. Often I read a very exciting book so quickly the first time through to find out what happens, I have to reread it to understand what happened! I love to reread anything by Terry Pratchett especially. I’m looking forward to reading my son the Harry Potter series in a couple of years.

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