The Sunday Salon (Apr. 8): Rereading for fun and profit

The Sunday Salon.com 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
Source: Bought

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
Source: Freebie

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:

12 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Apr. 8): Rereading for fun and profit”

  1. I’ve been rereading again this year and it’s so fun! I’ll be taking the latest Amelia Peabody with me to Hawaii next month. When I was last there nine years ago, I bought the latest at that point and read it poolside so it’s fun that the series is still going and I can do it again! I have reread the entire series once — maybe about two or three books back — and loved it as much as the first time through. Maybe next year I can do a full series reread. I love Ramses! 🙂 And I guess that’s what I like most about rereads. It’s like meeting up with an old friend that you haven’t seen for a while and having them be just like you remember them.

  2. Hahahahaha, feeling smarter than my younger self is definitely a perk of rereading, although I hadn’t thought about it until you said it. But mainly what I like about rereading is how the book’s still good, but you’re noticing more of the things that make it good. I also love that rereading a book a bunch of times makes it so comforting and fun, like eating a meal that you’ve known how to make since you were a kid.

    1. …I just realized that sometimes when you reread a book it’s NOT as good as you remembered it! Eeeek. I think that’s a topic for a discussion post, maybe.

  3. I loved the Amelia Peabody books when I was in high school, but I never read them in order. I think I started somewhere in the middle by mistake, and then when I realized I’d missed the entire beginning and I didn’t want to go back and read the books without Ramses and Nefret. But reading about you rereading made me want to reread, so I checked out the first one at the library today. It was just as delightfully funny as I remember the series being.

    1. See, I don’t think I’ve gotten to the books where Ramses isn’t an annoying toddler, because I don’t remember liking him all that much in the books I HAVE read. I’ll just have to work on catching up!

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