I’ve been rereading a good amount of books this year– way more than I did last year, anyway. And I’ve remembered something: rereading is fun! And I don’t just mean rereading something I’d read just the year before: going back to books I first read two+ years ago is almost a magical experience. It’s fun to revisit places and people and stories that I loved once upon a time. I tend to have a very good memory for books and their plots, but I don’t remember everything. Rediscovering why I loved a book in the first place is almost better than reading them for the first time! Plus, there’s always the chance that I’ll catch some new nuance or something that I missed before.
(You may remember that I wrote a bit about rereading back in January 2011, specifically about how it takes away time from reading new books. It DOES take away time, sure, but I think it’s worth it if you really love a book. Also, sometimes I worry too much, y’all. I mean, worrying about rereading? Me-from-a-year-ago needs to lighten up.)
I’m currently rereading the first Amelia Peabody book, which I first read back in…idk. 2009? I never reviewed the ones I read, but now that I’m rereading the first four (I have an omnibus!) I’ll be able to do it this year! And yes, I’m noticing things that I think I didn’t notice the first time I read them. For instance: when Amelia asks Evelyn about what having sex is like– I think when I first read that scene I thought she was asking about what it’s like to be in love? Which, lol. Also, I kind of love Evelyn a lot. Way more than I did the first time around! I love that she can boss Amelia around without being brutish (like Amelia is).
Also, yay Emerson and Walter!
So basically I guess my favorite thing about rereading is feeling smarter than my younger self was when SHE first read a book. What do you like best about rereading?
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Weekly Book Stats
Books read this week:
061. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins [rating: 3.5] e
Needs a proper review!
062. Sabriel – Garth Nix [rating: 5] e*
Publication: HarperCollins e-books (May 15, 2001), originally published 1995, ebook, 496pp / ISBN 0064471837
Genre: YA Fantasy
Read: April 2-3, 2012
It’s been over two years since I first read this, and I like it even more now than I did back then! (I had no troubles with the writing this time, btw. I actually really liked the “old fashioned-ness” of it, in fact.) I loved Sabriel, and Touchstone, and Mogget! I’d totally be friends with them now, if I could. (Well, maybe not Mogget. He’s too tricksy.) The story was very exciting and lovely and I can’t wait to finally read the rest of the series.
063. Six Against the Stars – Stephen Hunt [rating: DNF] e
Publication: Green Nebula Publishing; 1 edition (February 2, 1999), ebook, 161pp / ISBN ?
Genre: Sci-fi, Humor
Read: April 4-5, 2012
I got 83% into this book and just had no reason to finish. I liked Stephen Hunt’s Jackelian series, but this one was just too silly and boring and terrible to keep reading. Really, I should have given up sooner instead of forcing myself through it. It’s not even that long of a book! It should NOT have taken me as long as it did to read it.
064. The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness [rating: 4] e
Needs a proper review!
Books reviewed this week:
054. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins [rating: 3.5] e
055. Lord of the Changing Winds – Rachel Neumeier [rating: 3] e
056. Land of the Burning Sands – Rachel Neumeier [rating: 4] e
Books acquired this week:
- Kick by Walter Dean Myers (freebie).
- The Dance of Gods series by Mayer Alan Brenner (freebies).
- Poke, A Paranormal Adventure by Dalya Moon (freebie).
- A Hemorrhaging of Souls by Nicola Furlong (freebie).
- The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman (NetGalley).
- Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (NetGalley).