Here is out first guest Reader Blog by Kathy Andrico… Lover of romances, terrific photographer, world traveler and all-around great gal!
I’ve always been one to reread a story and re-watch a movie. My childhood books were reread often. I remember replaying my Star Wars record (of the storybook) and reading the accompanying book over, and over again. I also saw the original Star Wars in the theater five times (Original Release).
As a teen, I bought The Changeover, by Margaret Mahy. I loved this story, and I can remember rereading it five times in a row.
There was another book that was very popular with my high school friends. It was called Term Paper, by Ann Rinaldi. This is a phenomenal book about a teenage girl, and her relationships with her much older brothers and father. It was out of print when I tried to buy it, and I was thrilled when I found a copy as an adult. To this day, whenever I come across my copy, I will sit and reread sections of the book.
When I met Romance Author Leigh Greenwood, I showed him the spine of my copy of Violet. I told him that the crease on the spine was one of the highest compliments I could give him. There is one other book that has met a similar fate – Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair. I LOVE the hero!
When I am organizing my books, I enjoy looking at the books and remembering the stories. It takes me a long time to finish, because I will just sit for awhile revisiting certain scenes.
Some people don’t understand rereading a book, but it really is no different than re-watching a movie. Think about how many movie quotes are used in everyday language. Say “May the Force Be With You” and very few will be uncertain as to its origins.
If I say “As You Wish”, a fan of another one of my favorite movies will immediately know what I am talking about. We are the true fans, not a person who saw the movie once, thought it was good, and didn’t bother watching it again because they knew the story. We are the ones who wish to visit with familiar characters, laugh, cry, and sigh at the end.
The same goes for rereading books.
So, I’ll pose this question to any reading the blog.
Do you re-read…or not?