October 9, 2012

SHARE Your Opinion

I want to start a new weekly feature on Lost in Books where readers get to share their opinions on different literary topics and ideas.  I can't seem to come up with a good name for it, but if you have an idea, please share it with me!  


Today I want to ask your opinion on this quote:






What are your thoughts?  Do you think a book is better if you want to re-read it?  Or do you think books you only read once also have some value?  For instance, how many people do you know are going to re-read Crime and Punishment?  However, many people re-read writers such as Stephanie Meyers or Nicholas Sparks (just for example) because they are easy reads.   My favorite books, however, will probably be re-read at some point in my life, and one I already did re-read.  

So, what do you think?  How important is reading a book over and over again?   Share in the comments below, and if you have an idea for this weekly post please share that, too!  I've got nothing.  

14 comments:

  1. I just found your blog - interesting quote! I might be a very weird book lover because I actually never read a book more than once, although I've come close a few times. My time is just so precious with trying to write also, and there are so many books out there I want to read, that I don't want to waste time reading something I've already read. Is that weird? Lol!

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  2. It is not weird! I am of the mind that the only weird reading habits are the ones where there is no reading involved! :) I hardly re-read books, either. I have way too many on my TBR List. Therefore, this quote makes me wonder every time I see it, whether I should re-read more often.

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  3. bermudaonion(Kathy)October 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    I get what he's saying - you want every book you read to be of a quality that it would stand up to re-reads. I generally don't reread books because there are too many great books out there to explore.

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  4. I love this! I have re-read Harry Potter a million times. I have also re-read The Stand a couple times too. If my TBR list wasn't so long


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  5. I don't usually re read but the exception to that is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo and The Adventures of the Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett. And of course, not including the books I read to my daughter daily and nightly, often we have a run of one book for at least a week...

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  6. When I was young I re-read the same books so much they started falling apart. Now I hardly re-read at all. Curious, isn't it?

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  7. I am doing my first read-throughs of the HP series. On book 2 now.

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  8. There you go- perhaps he is saying if a book isn't making you compulsively turn the pages, why are you wasting time on it?

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  9. I don't have time to re-read even if I wanted to these days. I do have a few books I have read and re-read time and time again. But again I haven't re-read a book in a good two years.


    I dont think re-reads are necessarily better books as in the best written, or story told, or ease of read/difficulty of read.


    I think books you tend to re-read hit a chord with you as in just you, some how. They resonate, with you or you relate to them. Perhaps a better way of saying it they are like music, when you hear certain songs you are instantly happy, or reminded of a specific (usually happy) moment in your life. So for me when you re-read a book it takes you to a happy place or reminds you of a memory from your past.


    For instance Roald Dahl is a childhood favourite and Terry Pratchett/Michael Crichton were teen favourites. Jim Butcher is a firm fave from my 20's. When I read them they make me happy. They are familiar, comfortable, and like coming home after traveling for a few weeks.


    I don't think it makes them any better then other books they are just special to me for various reasons.


    A very good post by the way :)

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  10. Thanks, Mandy!


    I really like your reply. I think that is probably very true. I will pay closer attention to that the next time I pick out a book to re-read. :)

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  11. I have re-read the first 4 books several times (would re-read when a new one came out) but only read book 6 and 7 once.

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  12. I have just always found it curious what makes one book re-readable over another equally good book from the same time? I haven't really found an answer but my above answer is as close as I have gotten.

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  13. There are very, very few books I will re-read. Usually it's something I read in high school that I've forgotten and want to experience again, like The Handmaid's Tale. I know people who love to re-read so they can get every nuance out of a book. But I want to experience lots of different books, and if I'm re-reading I feel like I'm shortchanging all the other books that are out there.

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  14. you get more out of a book by re-reading it, probably no matter what, but well-written books are going to yield more treasures than pulpy books. Lots of people re-read the classics- that's one reason they're classics!

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