On re-reading (inspired by BooksandQuills)

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A quick post today as, after watching Sanne (aka Books and Quills on Youtube) talk about re-reading in her latest video, I felt inspired to think about my own relationship to re-reading.

I love re-reading books. I know some people think it is the strangest thing, my mum can never understand the idea of reading the same book, however I feel you really can get something out of it. But, I also feel like there are so many books in the world, there are always more and I want to read them all – so is re-reading a waste of a read. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the number of un-read books on my shelves, so adding re-reads to the list just takes it a step too far. Having said that, I recently re-read George Orwell’s 1984 and got SO much more out of it that the first time, to the point where it is probably now one of my top 10 books. I feel like I could debate the pros and cons of re-reading all day, but for now I’m just going to jot down some the books I have re-read the most, and the ones I really want to soon…

Most re-read books

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Memoirs of a Geisha by John Arthur Golden
3. The Ortori Series by Lean Hearn
4. Harry Potter (books 1-5 in particular) by JK Rowling
5. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

Top of the re-read pile

1. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
3. The Ascent of Woman by Melanie Phillips
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’ll definitely be giving more thought to re-reading, and what it means to have a large TBR (to be read) pile waiting in the wings.

Watch BooksandQuills video here


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