It shouldn’t shock any of my regular readers that I am reading several books because THIS IS WHAT I DO. I’ve almost always got more than two going. I don’t know why, but I cannot read just one book at a time. I find it a little bit boring for me. Just yesterday I was counting up exactly how many books I’m actively re-reading on top of my first-time reads, and I laughed at myself for a few minutes…and then I picked my book back up and just started reading again because IT’S WHAT I DO.
|Cinder by Marissa Meyer|
I’m re-reading Cinder in print version because it’s been so long since I first read this book and the next book in the series will be out soon. I always like to try to re-read before a sequel when I can (I can’t always make that happen) because it is just fun for me. PLUS I usually find that I enjoy the book much more the second time around, which is exactly what is happening this time. I find that I’m reading Cinder super early in the morning before the rest of my house wakes up – so THIS is how I start my day, everyone! Not too shabby. I loved this book the first time I read it but I love it a ton this time around I can’t wait to dive into Scarlet.
|Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi|
When I saw that EpicReads/PitchDark books was planning a week-long re-readalong of Under the Never Sky in preparation for the release of the sequel, Through the Ever Night, I was all over that! Of course, I wanted to re-read in audiobook format and follow along in print, as is my quirky custom. So I joined along with everyone else and have been listening/reading along a little every day and tweeting my progress to the good folks over at @PitchDarkBooks. This has been one of the most fun re-readalongs I’ve done in a long time. I absolutely adored, loved, devoured this book when it was first released and it has been such a long time since I read it for the first time! Hearing it read back to me in audiobook format is so awesome because I’m hearing details that I have long forgotten or perhaps missed, and I’m becoming re-acquainted with the characters that I fell so in love with the first time around. I’m about three-quarters through the book and I’m going to be ready to snatch up the second book as soon as I can get my grabby paws on it!
|The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket|
Honestly, I just picked this Lemony Snicket audiobook and print copy up from the library to keep in my car for when I have a few minutes here and there between when I need to be at this place and that place. I find myself in this predicament quite often – daily, actually – and I was craving an excellent narrator to read a great story to me. I went directly to the Childrens Library to pick up this exact audiobook because it is read by the fabulous Tim Curry. This is really nothing but pure fun, friends. It’s like a party in my car, every day – that’s what it is.
|Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore|
I’m re-reading these beauties with some blogging/reading friends and HOORAY for re-reading with friends!** Honestly, there is nothing like it. Reading is enhanced a million-fold when you can talk it up, share your thoughts, and gush over awesome illustrations and maps with friends who love books, characters, settings, swords, etc. as much as you do. Bookish friends flail together, you guys. They do.
Everyone is invited to participate. We are just getting started!
In the meantime, there is a blog button with a Twitter #hashtag in my sidebar.
If you are interested in re-readalong information before my blog post goes live,
you can tweet me @BookwormAsheley!
|Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I’ve been re-reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy with Lauren from Love is not a triangle – this is her first time reading the series and I’m reading it for the second time. This time I’m reading via audiobook and following along in print. This is pretty much one of my favorite series ever and Lauren and I are taking our sweet time with these books, soaking them up. I read them my first time because of a blogging friend (Lisa from Lisa is Busy Nerding) and loved them, and it is incredible and awesome and an absolute joy to read them along with a friend that is experiencing them for the first time and to be able to talk about them as we go. Plus, I’m just loving these audiobooks so much! They provide such a different interpretation of the trilogy and yet remain true to the characters and the story that Patrick Ness wants to tell. Excellent, slow re-read with amazing audiobook narration.
I read American Gods for the first time early this year on my Kindle – I read it super slowly and loved it ridiculously. Now I’m listening to the full-cast audiobook version even more slowly (I’m listening and re-listening to parts while I follow along in the book). I love this book so much. I’ll listen/read a chunk, then re-listen, and then put it down for a while and soak it in, then think about it for awhile, then re-read it in print, and then move onto the next chunk. I will not be finished with American Gods anytime soon and I have absolutely no problem with this whatsoever. I’m in no hurry at all! The biggest advantage of re-reading this book right now is that I’m picking up on a bazillion details that I missed during the first read. So many things I missed! I love it and I know that I’ll read it again still in the future, maybe more than once.
I have a few other re-reads planned for my near future
and I’m pretty excited about them. Some on my own,
some via audio with follow-along in print, some with friends.
The Graceling Series Re-Readalong will be taking place over a long while.
Plus I’m still reading “regular books”
meaning books I’m experiencing for the first time.
What about you guys? What are your thoughts on re-reading?
Do you re-read often? Not often enough? Not ever?
Do you re-read in groups?