Musing Mondays (July 29)

ImageMusing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Make sure you visit Should be Reading to visit other blogs joining in.

My musing this week is about rereading books. I have never been one to reread the same book over and over, so far the only exception to this is the Harry Potter series, and Lord of the Rings (though as it’s so long I’ve only read it twice in the past few years).  Mainly, once I’ve read a book I’m done with it – accepting this has made it much easier to donate or give away old books taking up space on my shelf.

In the past I have tried rereading a few favourite books. I loved Jane Eyre, but when I read it the second time I hated it as it felt like it was just whining all the way through (similar to how I feel about Twilight).  I reread Little Women as I enjoyed the series when I first read it but couldn’t remember much of the actual books (I also love the film), but was disappointed to feel like I was being preached at on a second reading.  There are a few books, like Anne of Green Gables, and books by Cecelia Ahern that I want to reread but these experiences haven’t made me eager to do so.  Then again, I have read Cloud Atlas and slowly started rereading my favourite childhood books recently and haven’t been disappointed.

Last week I bought The Hunger Games series.  I borrowed the books from my library about two years ago (I think) and completely loved them and have wanted to reread them again for a while.  I am hoping they don’t turn out to be a mistake to reread but this is one series that I feel I will still love and gain from, from rereading.

Do you reread the same books over and over, or are you more like me and much more likely to try something new rather than return to previously loved books?

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2 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (July 29)

    • Well, I thought Little Women and Jane Eyre were favourites until I reread them. I have found that now I accept I rarely reread it is much easier to let go of read books to make space on my shelf (even though I still have more than will fit on the shelf).

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