Currently Re-reading

re-readingI think I’ve complained several times over the years that Goodreads still doesn’t have a re-reading option. It’s one of the reasons I don’t set a Goodreads reading goal – I re-read a lot and those books never count towards my book goal.

I’ve talked about re-reading before (most recently here) – I return to the same old stories because it feels like coming home, it feels like meeting old friends. So when I’m in the mood for something comforting, I often turn to these stories that I’ve read and loved before. I always discover something new, each reading is different because I’m different. I’m in a different mood, at a different stage in my life.

This isn’t really a discussion, just a post that will be updated as I re-read books because I want to keep track of that somewhere. Also, if you’re looking for book recommendations, all of these are probably a good idea, since I’ve read them more than once. I won’t go listing every book I’ve ever re-read, just those I re-read recently (say since the beginning of the year) and then I’ll try to keep it up to date in the future. The links go to my reviews.

Currently re-reading: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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Books I’ve re-read 

2016

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Do you re-read a lot? Or at all?

What are your favourite comfort re-reads?

I’d love to hear from you! :) 

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  • I wish I had more time to reread, because I really do enjoy it from time to time! The only books I have reread as an adult are The Hunger Games, which I have read the series 10 times, and Divergent and Insurgent which I reread when Allegiant was coming out (and never again haha), and the Sookie Stackhouse series while I was waiting for book 10 or some other ungodly number. When I was younger, I used to reread so much that my books would be falling apart! But I guess now that I have more access to books… doesn’t leave as much time to reread, sadly! I am SO glad that you make time to reread though, I hope you enjoy your current ones!

    • Ha, I understand why you’d never want to re-read the Divergent series again, Allegiant was horrible. And I’ve tried reading the Sookie Stackhouse books but just didn’t feel the connection. I liked the TV series, though.

      And yeah, I don’t re-read nearly as much as I did when I was a kid (my Harry Potter books are a disaster, too, all taped together from too much handling) but I love returning to old favourites.

  • Maraia

    I love rereading! I’ve reread a lot less this year, mostly because I’ve been listening to audiobooks in German, whereas in the past few years I did most of my rereading via audio. But I’ve still reread 37 books so far this year, and I’m quite pleased that I finally made time to reread Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows. Even with all my German audiobooks, listening to the HP read by Jim Dale is still something I hope to do every year. It never gets old. :D

    • Re-reading via audio is great. I like the format a lot and it doesn’t feel like I’m taking time away from reading new books. I’ll definitely re-read Marillier’s series at some point but I still have to finish it first. :)

  • Seriously, why doesn’t Goodreads have a re-reading option! It’s crazy that there isn’t one! I reread a lot too. My favorites to reread are What Happens in London, How to Marry a Marquis, and any of Julie Garwood’s historicals. I also like to reread Lori Foster and some Nora Roberts.

    • Romances are great re-reads, that’s comfort reading at its finest. It’s a perfect comfort genre and you already know the characters, so it’s like a warm hug.

  • It’s funny because Goodreads has a field for “number of times I’ve read this book” and yet no re-read option or a way to put in multiple completion dates. I’ve heard how people have successfully worked around this system by setting another edition as their re-read though.

    • Ha, I didn’t know about the “number of times” feature! It’s well hidden, that’s for sure. >.< It still doesn't count the book towards your yearly goal but it's a way of keeping track, at least. Thanks for pointing it out!

  • I like to reread, but I’ve done it less and less as I got more into blogging. Something which I need to change, I think.

    Comfort rereads: LOTR, The Goblin Emperor, The Dark is Rising.

    • LOTR used to be my comfort reread as well but I haven’t read it for years now. I really want to give it another go soon, it’s just so long! I’ll definitely try to tackle it soon.

  • Oh, Goodreads, you old scamp. A re-read option would be fantastic. Alas, I sometimes resort to adding another edition to get it to count towards my goal.

    • Yeah I heard that’s an option, adding different editions. It’s not very elegant but at least you can keep track of what you re-read!

  • Greg Hill

    I don’t re- read a lot (anymore) but I have the Ice and Fire series several times. Mainly because it takes so frickin long for the books to come out! And other than those, I agree- when I do re- read, it is a different experience often because being older or in a different place or whatever does affect how a book feels.

    I can see re- reading Fangirl at some point, i liked it a lot.

    • I thought about re-reading ASOIAF before the last book came out but then I just started reading it, got fed up with the characters, and decided to drop the series (the TV series, too). :( I broke up with GRRM. I just couldn’t handle the waiting – or the violence. Eh.

      Re-reading Fangirl was a great experience, I loved the characters even more this time around.

      • Greg Hill

        I get that. He goes overboard- we get that war is bad and violence is awful- but he seems to almost revel in rubbing faces in it. And I just read a thing by his former asst who is now a novelist who said GRRM writes when the muse strikes, he’s not one of those writers that makes himself bang out so many words a day or whatever. that explains a lot why the books never come out.

        Anyway as much as I love the series I am slowly losing my patience too. If all the writers did what he does none of these series would get done. Sarah Maas’ books are long too and she bangs ’em out.

        • Yep, “rubbing faces in it” pretty much sums it up. There are just SO MANY books I want to read that don’t involve guts spilling everywhere… So yeah.

          And I agree with you on this muse thing. I mean, I get it – writers are artists, they don’t owe us anything, okay. But on the other hand, this is also a business, in any other business they’d cut him off or demand he finish the job or get someone else to do it. I mean, it’s not just Martin – Patrick Rothfuss is similar, for example. We’ve been waiting for YEARS for him to finish the damned trilogy – and there’s just nothing going on on that front. I get that some authors have personal problems (like Scott Lynch who has battled depression for years). Also, wasn’t Martin’s series supposed to be a trilogy? Why didn’t anyone stop him when he just kept expanding the story?

          I think that YA publishing is much more demanding on authors, actually. Once a series starts, the next book comes out a year later, two at most, probably because the intended public is aging (and if the gaps between books were as long as with adult fantasy, those YOUNG adults would no longer be young). So if YA authors can do it, why can’t everyone else? Ugh.

          I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post on this but I’m pretty sure I’d call down a shitstorm of contrary opinions…

          • Greg Hill

            Totally agree. It’s amazing to me that his editors don’t put the hammer down- but I guess when you’re Martin they not going to harass him (publicly, I’m sure privately they’ve expressed some frustration? Who knows?). But again with the story that keeps expanding- shouldn’t his editor have stepped in at some point and said George, your trilogy is now at 7 books, maybe you should excise, say, this whole subplot about Dorne, or whatever. But I think he can do whatever he wants because he’s so big now.

            Not to pick on his editor ha ha but this is the same editor who basically told him (per an interview I read) to leave two big battles out of the last book and move them to Winds of Winter. Which still has no release date. So we’ve been waiting for 5 years for the battles that are WRITTEN and available if they would have included them. and they comprise the culmination of huge story arcs! It’s crazy.

            I think that’s a great point about YA publishing, I had not thought of it quite like that, but you’re right. They almost HAVE to keep the ball rolling, and I’m sure the editors would be on them if they started pulling this “it’ll be done when it’s done” stuff like Martin. So yes he doesn’t owe us anything but he does owe his publishers since he signed contracts- I’m just surprised they aren’t hounding him more (maybe they are). Anyway sorry for the rant. :):):):

          • I’m actually glad someone agrees with me on this, I think I’ve read at least three posts in the lines of “who are you to expect the series to be finished”… So yeah.

            And yeah, I think Martin is such a famous author that he can probably do whatever he wants with his books – he should be the one to seek criticism of his own writing, I think. Nobody’s perfect, even if you’ve got thousands of pages written, you can always use some editing.

            And I’ve heard that Rothfuss has the entire last book already written but he keeps picking at it because it’s not “perfect enough”. At this point, I don’t give a shit about perfect, I just want to finish the damn story to see how it ends and to tick the series off my list. Instead, he published a useless novella. *sigh*

            I wonder – perhaps John Green could afford a similar attitude to Martin’s, he’s maybe the only YA author with a similar amount of fame, no? But he hasn’t written anything in a while… At least he doesn’t write series!

  • I don’t reread as much as I used to as a kid, but I still have a couple of books I like going back to. Those are the true “favorites,” the ones that stick with me that I don’t mind experiencing all over again.

    I’m with you. Goodreads NEEDS a re-read option. I can’t believe they still don’t have it.

    • Yeah, a story that can be re-read many times is really worth a lot. You discover something new every time and the characters are there like old friends, it’s like the reading version of a warm hug. (Look at me, getting all poetical.)

  • Why do I not reread more? I go through phases of wanting to reread loads and then other times where I can’t face it. I either crave familiarity or want to be completely surprised by what I’m reading. It’s strange.

    I like how you’re reading a load of different books, I tend to reread a lot of romance books and fantasy and always books in series as I give myself a refresh of what happened from the long wait between books.

    What I want to know is what is an acceptable amount of time to wait between rereads of a book? How soon is too soon? I was asking myself this question the other day as I got a strong urge to reread Act Like It by Lucy Parker and I was thinking about how it had only been a few months since I last read it. I couldn’t decide if twice in one year was too much for book rereading. I feel like there should be twelve months between it but I really loved that book and wanted to reread and write a proper review on it. I mean, it doesn’t really matter, I’ll probably reread in the next few weeks but is there a time limit on these things?

    • Yeah, I go through phases with re-reading, too. Recently, I’ve been craving familiar stories, so I’ve re-read loads, but last year I barely re-read at all. It’s good to fall back to favourite stories sometimes.

      You know I’m a mood reader so my choices of re-reads are similar to what I’d be reading otherwise, I am reading a bit of everything at this moment. But yeah, lots of romance in any case! :)

      Hmm, I don’t think there’s a definitive guide on how long you should wait before re-reading. I remember re-reading the HP books IMMEDIATELY when they first came out (well I had to give my copy to my brother first and then I re-read it when I got it back but still). I usually like to wait a bit, especially with hefty books, but romances are easier to skim through. I’ll definitely be re-reading Act Like It at some point, it’s a great story! :)

      • I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes through phases with these things. I’ve been wanting to reread a few books lately but they’re mostly me reminding myself of what happened in series I’ve been reading. There has been some craving for romance rereading though. That is something I love to do often.

        I find rereading is what I want to do when I’ve read a really good book and I want to read something similar but I don’t want to risk reading something bad in the pursuit of it.

        And turns out rereading Act Like It was an excellent plan. I don’t know why I ver thought not to. I do think rereading may be something that depends for each book and your mood and how good the book was. It’s a whole bunch of factors.

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I also like to re-read! This year, I’ve re-read the entire Percy Jackson series, and a few Harry Potter books. I fix the Goodreads problem by creating separate shelves for each year, like “read-in-2016”. I put each book, including re-reads on there so when Goodreads changes my date of reading to the current year, I can still see how many books I read in the previous one (if that made sense). It may remove it from the original reading goal-year, but I can still see it on my shelf. I love to re-read!

    • Ooh, I’d love to re-read the Percy Jackson books at some point! I have to read Riordan’s other books, I only ever read these. Having a separate Goodreads shelf is useful, yeah, I might need to do that too – though now I’ll be tracking the books through this post.

  • Before blogging, I used to reread CONSTANTLY. I wish I had more time to do so now but with work, commute, family, blogging and just life, I don’t have as much time as I’d want to. I did reread the entire HP series this Summer and it felt awesome to revisit so I’ve vowed to try and MAKE time do more rereading ♥

    • I re-read less now that I’m blogging, too. It does seem like it’s a waste of time, sometimes, when you could be discovering new stories in the time it takes you to re-read an older book. But sometimes I just want to revisit old favourites.

  • I don’t really do re-read because of the cliche reason “so many books, so little time”. But when I do it, I really liked it because the familiarity and the feeling of “coming home” it gives me! Coraline is a book I re-read often because mine is a graphic novel so it’s really easy to read and not time consuming. I’ve never re-read P&P, it took me 3 months the first time, but I’ve re-watch the movie a lot!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  • Yes to Off-Campus series!!
    Gosh I used to re-read so much but ever since I started blogging, it’s been hard. But this year I’ve re-read 2 to 3 books. It’s not enough but it’s something :)
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews