To re-read or not? That is the question!
You can probably see from the creases in the spines of these books, that they’ve been handled a lot. I mean, a lot!
I’m not sure how many times I’ve re-read Jillaroo, but it might be close to five. The Michael Connelly 3-in1 book, hmm, maybe six or seven. Patrica Cornwell? Probably more.
I always find I pick up different things each time I read a book.
The trouble is with re-reading (well what I find anyway) is that it puts the books in the to-be-read pile back a few days! And that pile is always growing.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ve got time to reread old favourites, but instead of putting aside the books I know I love to read, I’ve become more critical of the news ones I’m reading. If I get half way in and I’m not enjoying the book, I’ll put it down. If I think I’ve worked out “who’s done it”, then I’ll read the final chapter and see if I’m right. (I know, I know there will people putting their heads in the their hands, saying ‘Fleur!’ in the same tone mum used when I’d done something wrong!)
Anyhow, if I’m right about the ending, I’ll put the book down, without reading the rest. If I’m not, I’ll go back and finish reading it.
It might sound harsh, but it makes time for me to be able to reread my old favourites!
Are you a re-reader or not?