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Old August 21st, 2009, 4:40 pm
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Rereading.

Rereading is sometimes more enjoyable than reading the book for the first time.

When reading a book for the first time, one is usually keen on finishing the book and so they might miss a lot of points on their first read, which makes rereading quite important.

Also in rereading, you get to know the characters of a book better and have a better idea on their personalities, weaknesses, etc.

You may also get a new idea about the book itself after you've reread it more than once.

Yet, I've seen people who actually despise reading the book more than once. My own brother for instance, starts mocking me and talking about how poor my memory is, when he finds out that I'm rereading a book.

So I have a few questions on the matter:
  • What do you think of rereading books?
  • What books do you like rereading?
  • Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

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Old August 21st, 2009, 7:41 pm
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What do you think of rereading books?
I try to reread my books as much as possible. I dont see why people can watch tv reruns over and over again and not reread a much better book

What books do you like rereading?
Any book that i liked the first time. Some books are horrible enough the first time . For example, i've reread each of the harry potter books over 30 times (or listened to the audiobooks) over the years. I've reread Dresden Files quite a bit too, particularly dead beat, proven guilty and white night because they were my only english books when i went to china last summer . Most books i've read, i've usually reread or at least reread my favorite parts of it.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
I've reread Twilight once, i hated it so much after the second time. But I dont usually change my mind, but i gain new insight into it. Even now after my umpteenth time reading Harry Potter, I notice new plot points and new things about the characters, etc.


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Old August 21st, 2009, 9:31 pm
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Re: Rereading.

1. I like to reread books a lot.

2. I love rereading my favorites because then I can analyze them better and sometimes notice things I didn't catch before while reading it the first time.

3. Not really. Most of the time it just makes me love reading the book even more than before.


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Re: Rereading.

What do you think of rereading books?


It really depends on the book. If I enjoyed it the first time I will most likely read it again in the future. If I don't like a book, I'll try it once more just to make sure I don't like it and why.

What books do you like rereading?
Definitely the Potter books. There's one that I read in the fifth grade, it's called The Talking Earth, by Jean Craighead George. It's really good, I always pick that one up now and then. Petey is also another of my favorites, very emotional and based on a true story. Can't think of any others at the top of my head.



Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
There have been a few books and stories, like the first time I read The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe, I thought it was boring and not creepy at all. I ended up reading it again my senior year of high school, and I really enjoyed it the second time around. There are a few others as well.


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Re: Rereading.

What do you think of rereading books?
I like it. I know a lot of people who don't see the point in rereading because they already know what's going to happen, but I don't see it that way. Instead, I look at rereading as the chance to notice the little things that you never notice before. If it's a series, you can also refresh your memory and try to actively look for clues.

What books do you like rereading?
Harry Potter. There are many others I like rereading, too, but I reread HP the most, naturally.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
Yes. Years ago I read The Catcher in the Rye and didn't like it because I couldn't see the point. But when we had to read it again in English, I understood why Holden was the way he was and got the point of the book because I analyzed it. There are some books that people can't appreciate at a young age, IMO, and will only enjoy later on.


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Re: Rereading.

What do you think of rereading books?

If I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book/series, loved certain characters, situations, descripition and/or humour; I'll re-read them. Sometimes I'll like a book, but there might not be enough there to entice me to read through it again. If I just didn't like the book, perhaps due to the characterisation, then I just leave them.

What books do you like rereading?

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I love rereading my favorites because then I can analyze them better and sometimes notice things I didn't catch before while reading it the first time.
I agree, that's a great part of re-reading books!

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Sometimes if I've returned to a story much later, my added age and new life experiences/perspective can mean I'll have an altered opinion about a character's motivations/actions or a particular situation.


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What do you think of rereading books?
Usually, I enjoy it very much. If I love a certain book, I most likely read it more than once or twice. My mum thinks I'm nuts, considering how often I already read the Harry Potter series

What books do you like rereading?
Book series, usually. Like Harry Potter, or Bartimaeus, or Eragon.
And certain novels like Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini or Jodi Picoult books. They don't lose their beauty.
I don't like rereading thrillers or whodunnits usually, because they're easy reads that are not as exciting anymore if you already know what the end is like.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
Yes, Twilight for example. I liked it when I first read it when I was thirteen, now after rereading it I can't really stand it anymore.


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Yes, Twilight for example. I liked it when I first read it when I was thirteen, now after rereading it I can't really stand it anymore.
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I've reread Twilight once, i hated it so much after the second time.
I've changed my mind about Twilight, too. At the first time reading, I didn't enjoy it. But I was quite excited to finish it, like any other book. I also didn't know what exactly was coming. But at the following re-reads of the book.. I felt there was something different between Twilight and the other novels I usually read. I couldn't put my finger on the plot. Something was wrong about the characters. Until, I've finally made my mind not to read it again. And I've got rid of Breaking Dawn, too. Which was a first to me, as I've never got rid of any book before no matter how horrible.


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Re: Rereading.

What do you think of rereading books?

There are so many books that get better with rereading and every time you re-read them, you learn something more and try to look at it from a different angle. Personally, I think rereading is most effective for non-fiction, classics and of course favourites.

What books do you like rereading?

HP of course. Most of Austen's works. ( Pride and Prejudice is my most reread Austen, about 7 times and I always find something fascinating and new every single time )

Nonfiction, autobiographies and biographies definitely. I've read Mahatma Gandhi's My Experiments With Truth about 3 times. It is a tough read and sometimes I reread specific parts and it helps so much! I reread most historic non-fiction books, like The Discovery of India, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire and Freedom at Midnight.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Yeah, Austen's Emma. I hated it at first, I found it very boring and Emma was annoying. But a reread miraculously changed the way I looked at Emma, one of Austen's most flawed, yet most fascinating heroines.

I realized I liked The Inheritance of Loss much lesser, once I reread it. The first time, I was so enamoured and prepared to find the most minute reasons to like the book since it has made history- its author became the youngest woman to win the Booker for that book. But a reread was much more objective and put things into perspective better and I felt it was such an overrated book.


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Re: Rereading.

* What do you think of rereading books?
I don't think nothing about it in particular. I reread all the time because, as you said, I'm so anxious to get to the end I miss little parts.

* What books do you like rereading?
Almost every book I liked, particularly the long ones, in which I miss the most the firsy time. But there are books that I liked and would never re-read, like Dostoievskis's 'Crime and Punishment'.

* Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Nope. Usually I start liking them even more. However I could change my opinion on certain characters, but that's all.


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Re: Rereading.

What do you think of rereading books?
It's essential to re-read books (for me anyway lol) because your opinion could change and you notice more the 2nd time, or even the 10th time ;-)

What books do you like rereading?
HP obviously, and i read On the Road by Jack Kerouac once a year :-)

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
I couldn't get past chapter 6 of Emma (Jane Austen) last year. The story seemed pointless and i didn't like any of the characters. I picked it up again at the beginning of the year and i really enjoyed it! I read it in a couple of days.


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Re: Rereading.

I know a lot of people that dislike rereading books. I think it's important to reread them, especially if it's a book you love. And you never know what you've missed- I mean as an example, I've read OotP about 15 times, and only yesterday for the first time I noticed the dream Harry has about Neville and Professor sprout waltzing in the Room of Requirement with Professor McGonnagal playing bagpipes...


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What do you think of rereading books?
I generally don't mind to do that every so often, especially if the book is interesting and well written and draws me in.

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What books do you like rereading?
Like I said before, ones that are well written, can draw me in -- that kind of thing generally. Also I like to reread mystery, fantasy, action adventure novels and more. In fact I just reread 1984 awhile ago -- and got a lot more from it than I did the first time that I read it. It was that much better reading the second time around.

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* What do you think of rereading books?
I think it's great. One can notice so many things by rereading books that one has missed in the first round. Sometimes some things are funny and the next time they are not. It's fun. But there is one book I don't want to reread. It's Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I loved the book and it was awesome and I am afraid that it won't be as good as I remember if I reread it. I mean it could be better, but for now, I am not willing to take a risk that is worse...


* What books do you like rereading?
There isn't any particular books I like to reread. I mean it all comes to what I feel. Well Lord of the Rings, it never gets old. ;D

* Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
Not that I remember. Ican't say yes or no.


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What do you think of rereading books?

You'rel looking at someone who does not like checking out books from the public library half of the time, so I really have no option but to reread my books!

What books do you like rereading?

The Redwall books, definitely. It's pretty indepth. The only thing I don't like, is that some of the characters and their little stories could have been more intresting than the big story if they were elaborated on.

And HP. Of course.


Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Not really, but lots of small plot points are made drastically clear. Like in Pearls of Lutra, the second and third clues; usually, the riddles in the Redwall books stump me. But I managed to figure these out quickly.


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What do you think of rereading books?

I love it!

What books do you like rereading?

Fiction for the pleasure in revelling in the details and for the feeling of meeting an old friend, non-fiction because there's always something new to learn.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Not entirely, no. But some books (namely the "corner store variety") are often best the first time around. The second read sheds more light on their flaws.


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What do you think of rereading books?

-I do it all the time, it only opens my eyes that much more to the subtleties, foreshawdowing and I can understand the characters, plot and story references/parallels that much better.

What books do you like rereading?

-Anything really no specific genre. Whatever book I feel I could be further entertained or enlightened by, I will usually re-read.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

-Not that I can recall, every book I read I make a genuine effort to take my time understanding as much as possible, I don't rush. Not to say that I am a slow reader or unable to comprehend material well, I am, I just make sure I understand as many aspects of any given book that I possibly can. Hence, the first time I read a book I usually know if I will want to read it again in the future. I have not read very many books that I would not consider picking up again though.


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What do you think of rereading books?
I think it's a great idea. Oftentimes you see things you didn't see the first time around (kind of like when you re-watch a movie), and I think sometimes things can become clearer.

What books do you like rereading?
Mainly books I enjoy a great deal. I like to reread LotR every couple of years or so. I also reread books that are part of a series when a new book in the series is about to be released, that way I can remember everything that came before the newest book.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?
No, I don't think it's ever happened that I've completely changed my mind about a book after rereading it. But I may reorganize its ranking in my mind based on other books I've read.


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What do you think of rereading books?

I love rereading books. I think I have books I've read ten times or more.

What books do you like rereading?

Mostly fiction that is either particularly brilliant or with which I have an emotional connection of some sort. I like revisiting books I read as a teenager, for instance, even though I can see glaring flaws in some of them now.

Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading?

Yes, I think it's impossible not to. Not only does the reader grow and mature, every reading experience is different because the outside influences are different.


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I love rereading and have always done it--it's natural to me. Some people don't understand why anyone would reread, but I don't understand why anyone wouldn't reread. I can't really imagine why people wouldn't want to reread a book they liked. It's just like wanting to watch a movie more than once. So what if you already know the plot? There's so much more depth there. Plus, it's like revisiting an old friend--I reread for the experience of inhabiting that world again.

The books I've probably reread the most are HP (well, aside from the ones I teach year after year). I've read Ender's Game a few times, too. And I really love going back and reading books I loved as a kid, like Where the Red Fern Grows or Island of the Blue Dolphins. I read those millions of times as a kid, and I reread them each once as an adult. It was really enlightening to read them now and see what I had loved about them then. I got a whole new insight into myself, really.


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