Todays question (it should have been yesterdays question but I was exhausted and ended up in bed at 8.30 last night!) is :
Do you feel different about a book on a subsequent re-read?
For me it depends on how long since I last read it and how many times I’ve read it previously. Yes, I’m a serial re-reader when I do re-read. My favourite books have been read as many as ten times and more.
On a first re-read, I might not remember much of the original but it does come back bit by bit. On other re-reads I’m very clear on what happens. However on those re-reads, I get so much more than just the plot. I see all the early links between characters that might not be obvious on a first read. I can appreciate how the plot is built up and what early hints are given so it does feel very different.
To re-read a book, I will usually have loved it in the first place so I rarely read a book again and change my opinion. I do however have books that I have loved and won’t re-read them as I know they won’t stand up to a second scrutiny.
A Quote (or two) from the book I’m reading – The Fault in our Stars by John Green:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
Bookish Chat : Do you feel different about books when you re-read them? Any thoughts on the quotes above from John Green? The broccoli quote is one my favourite book quotes ever as it just strikes me as so true. And as an ardent book pusher for books I love, I obviously really get the first one.