To Re-Read or Not to Re-Read…

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Wednesday and the WWBC sponsored by the great folks over at Long and Short Reviews. For a complete list of this week’s participants and for instructions how to participate drop by HERE. This week’s topic of discussion…

Re-reading books. Why or why not?

Are there really people out there who don’t re-read books? I have a folder on my Kindle labeled: REREAD WORTHY. And I visit it often. More often lately if I’m being honest. I hate to be the poo-poo of the party, but I find myself more and more often DNFing titles. I think I’ve DNFed more this year than in the past five combined. And as a result, I’m visiting my REREAD WORTHY folder more and more often.

For the me the easiest answer to the question why or why not is simple: I’m having a hard time finding anything high enough quality that keeps my attention long enough to finish it. The longer answer would be why a title makes it onto my re-read list. What makes those titles worthy of landing in the coveted folder and lauded a six-star read? Highly developed characters who show growth throughout the story, a deep-seated, complex plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat, colorful secondary characters that add meaning to the story, sentences written for adults, showing going on not telling, tight grammar and spelling, and well researched facts (it’s okay to stretch the truth in fiction; it’s not okay to outright guess and miss). That last one has limited my list of military romance reads to a handful. My husband served thirty years. Woe to the writer who tries to blow smoke up my tiddlywink with crap they gleaned off an episode of A-Team. Again, I know it’s fiction, but Semper Fi is a Marine thing not an Army thing. Yes, I actually saw that being passed off as an Army motto recently. In the first paragraph of the first chapter. It went on my DNB (do not buy) list because I found this egregious mistake reading the sample. Not only is it an insult to marines, it’s an insult to soldiers to not know and understand their respective mottos. I was actually embarrassed for this writer to be honest, as well as a bit miffed. A simple Google search would have provided the necessary information to complete the mission successfully.

Aside from re-reading titles from my own genre, though, I have a stack of classics I return to again and again. Some of them from my childhood. Why? Because they invoke a sense of nostalgia and bring me back to a time when I first discovered what an escape reading could be. And those stories I return to from that era have withstood the test of time. That alone makes them worthy of a spot on a read again list.

What about y’all? Are you a fan of re-reading? What are some of your tried and true re-read worthy titles?

If you have time today, you can find me in an all-day take-over at Brazenly Books over on Facebook. Come by and say hi!

5 thoughts on “To Re-Read or Not to Re-Read…

  1. Michael Mock

    Yes! Just exactly. I re-read frequently, and this year I’ve found it harder to keep reading new things as well — I think I just don’t have the as much emotional bandwidth to sink into new things as I usually do, what with the cascade of apocalyptic events this year.

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  2. Marianne

    Third time I’m trying to comment … oy vey, my WordPress hates me. It won’t be as eloquent this time, but here we go…..

    A.C. (After Covid) I’ve found my concentration shot — so I’ve done a LOT of re-reading and re-watching of things because I just don’t have to pay as close of attention. I’m hoping my brain will return to normal once This Difficult Time has passed.

    Re: facts in fiction … agree 100%. There are times when I write that I’ve spent more time researching than writing (this happened most with my two historical short stories, “Miles From You” and “Don’t Fence Me In” — I checked and cross-checked everything, including using one of my best sources: my mother, who lived then).

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