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Do you reread novels?

Do you ever reread your favorite books? With the millions of books available, what would make someone want to reread a fiction novel? Reading can be relaxing and comforting. It can be informing and educational. What are your reasons for rereading books?

A good book can actually be better the second time around. You pick up pieces of information that you missed before. You get to know the characters better. Your attention is often drawn to descriptions, personalities and side plots that you didn’t focus on the first time through. I recently read a mystery, and, of course was focused on the main plot. I glossed over some vivid descriptions of Scotland and its history. There is a lot to learn by reading, even in fiction novels. There is a certain comfort offered by a book you have already read and enjoyed because you know the ending. As much fun as a tense, who-dun-it may be, the reader can relax when rereading it.

Anyone who has been around children know they love to hear their favorite stories again and again. (There was a time that I had my son’s favorite I Wish That I Had Duck Feet memorized.) This same feeling can continue into adulthood. I have a friend who gets out her old Nancy Drew books and reads the entire series through every few years. Comfort reading is a reason that so many books take on cookie-cutter format. For instance love stories are usually the same plot – boy meets girl, some kind of conflict keeps them apart, the conflict is resolved and couple lives happily ever after – readers sometimes like to count on this happy ending and find relaxation in these books in their otherwise active and stressful life.

I have reached a point in my own life where I realize I have been reading for over fifty years. Over these years I have forgotten what happened in some novels and I have forgotten I even read others. Age and experience can give us an entirely different perspective of a story. I am currently rereading the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I first read these books over twenty years ago, obviously at a different time in my life. I have discovered that I have completely different opinions of the author and the characters than I did years ago. The hero, who I once considered a compassionate, handsome, older man, now seems like a self-centered, chauvinistic, eccentric, jerk. Oh, I still like the cats, but the author’s description of them is rather sexist. Most of the books I read these days gravitate to rereadables.com once I have completed them. There are a few though, that I am sure I will want to read again some day. Among them are authors like Erma Bombeck, Jodi Picoult, and Janet Evanovich. My experiment in rereading the Cat Who books is proving to be enjoyable. Something you read when you were a teenager is an entirely different book when you are fifty years old.

There are an abundance of books today that are written in series. Some of them may be published years apart and it is necessary to refresh oneself by rereading one or more of the prequels before starting a new installment. If you are starting a series that has been around for awhile, you may end up reading them out of order, and later go back and read them in the sequence they were written. I recently read Stephen White’s Compound Fractures but apparently I missed the book that came before it called Line of Fire. After I find and read Line of Fire, I will probably want to reread Compound Fractures, as it will make more sense to me when I understand the history that lead to it.

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