Let’s Talk Rereads!


Let’s talk about rereading favorite books! I’m going to ramble on about books for a bit, then ask YOUR opinion on rereading habits…..

I have several books I’d like to reread, but so many NEW books I want to read, too! #bookproblems

SO, I rarely reread a book, though I often enjoy them even more upon a second reading. Knowing certain surprises or twists are coming just makes me pay closer attention to the writing craft with foreshadowing, parallels, etc. I can count my complete rereads of books from the last couple years on 1 hand. They include: The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann, Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz, The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall, and the 3 book “Price of Privilege” series by Jessica Dotta.

Sometimes I partially reread a book to refresh my memory. It’s helpful in continuing a series. Many times it starts when I sit down to reread a favorite scene and I end up skimming through a lot of the story again. Ha! This often happens when a Top Ten Tuesday topic needs a little research or quote. Or, when I just need to revisit a sweet moment, quote, or recipe from a fav author. (I’m talking about you all, Hillary Manton Lodge, Dawn Crandall, Pepper Basham, Rachel McMillan, and Katherine Reay.)

This past week, I reread an all-time favorite: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton. After her newest novel, Many Sparrows, referenced and provided the backstory for some of the characters in TPOTL, I just had to pick it back up and continue with those characters. I had forgotten more details of that story than I realized, so rereading it was a treat once again! This time, I noticed the writing style and world-building (because as Lori says, historical settings do involve some major world building) in a different way, enjoying the scenery and the growth of Tamsen and Jesse all over again.

This brings me to my questions for YOU: Do you reread favorite books? What makes a book worthy of a reread? What have you reread recently?

11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Rereads!

  1. Reading your post makes me want to go back and read Tamsen & Jesse’s story again! I have re-read a few books, but often there are so many new books, that I don’t go back to reread older favorites. They sit on my bookshelf, awaiting my return.

    • I have the same problem…. um… if you can call so many wonderful NEW books a problem! 🙂 I hope you do get to reread Tamsen and Jesse’s story at some point. I enjoyed it just as much, if not MORE, the second time around.

  2. I love re-reading my favorites over and over again. Sometimes I will just skim them and sometimes I will do a full re-read. It’s like visiting with old friends. Some books, I’ve re-read so many times that I’ve lost count. These include books by Susan May Warren, Denise Hunter, Laura Frantz, Jenny B Jones and Kristen Heitzmann’s earlier titles. It’s a tough balance to find the time to re-read old books when there are so many great new titles constantly being released.

    • Ooh those are all wonderful authors!!!! Sometimes I just skim, too, when I need a refresher. Isn’t it neat to rediscover little details that way, too!?

      So many *new* books, so little time. 🙂

  3. My favorite book to re-read is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson! There are so many great scenes with characters that I just adore. The romantic tension is off the hook, no matter how many times I read it.

    • Edenbrooke is sitting pretty on my shelf right now! I STILL haven’t read it, but I will! Hopefully before the year is over. I think it was on my “official” spring TBR!!! I’m anticipating a good story, then! (yay for romantic tension!)

  4. Like you said, it’s hard to find the time to reread when there are so many new books vying for you attention. But a couple I do enjoy rereading (or at least I did this year) are Tale of Two Cities and The Wishing Jar by Penelope J. Stokes.

  5. I love re-reading old favorites!! I’ve read “Pride and Prejudice” several times over, and Lynn Austen’s “Refiner’s Fire” series too. Sometimes I just get in the right mood for a comfortable, predictable, familiar read and I go browse my shelves until I find the right one. Sometimes I do a full re-read, and other times I just browse and skip my way through. Listening to the audio version later after I’ve read a book is fun too. I started doing this when I started listening to audiobooks at work a lot. It’s kinda like re-watching a favorite movie. 🙂

    • It’s been a while since I read Pride and Prejudice! I need to reread it, too. 🙂 I’ve heard wonderful things about that series of Lynn’s, I also need to add it to my TBR! (Yay for book recommendations!)

      I’m (slowly) listening to an audiobook now that I have read before (Joanne Bischof’s The Lady and the Lionheart ), It IS like rewatching a favorite movie! I’m noticing different nuances and details because of the readers, too. It’s such fun!

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