Friday, January 9, 2015

Rereads and Goodreads

I used to re-read books all the time.  Growing up, I didn't have the extensive library I have now.  I had the school library (which was limited) and the local library (which wasn't close by), and whatever books I received for Christmas or my birthday.  And in those books I had access to, I had my favorites that I would read over and over until I almost had them memorized.

One of the earliest I can remember was finding D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myth in the elementary school library when I was in third grade.  (When they finally let us look at some of the larger books.)  I checked that book out over and over and over.  I don't think any other kid could've read that book that year.  (Later, I would buy it for my own daughter, who would inhale it, too.)

Another book I remember inhaling, I got from the RIF van (remember RIF?).  It was The Mystical Beast by Allison Farthing. 

Later, I re-read Elfstones of Shannara endlessly.  Along with The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  And then there was Jane Eyre.  And Victoria Holt's The King of the Castle.  By then, though, I was visiting the library in town more often and my mother had a Harlequin subscription, so I was sucking those down at a high rate.  In high school, I discovered Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and read those as many times as I could. 

Nowadays, with so many books on my TBR pile, I find I don't have the time to re-read my old favorites.  I try to read at least one of the above a year (with the exception of the Greek myth book and Farthing's book, because I don't have copies of those anymore). 

A while back, a friend of mine pointed out that Goodreads doesn't let you take credit for re-reads on your yearly reading goal.  And I had noted that myself.  But I was sure there had to be a backdoor way of doing it.  After all, we can't be the only two people on Goodreads who like to re-read books, and there really should be a way to count those toward your reading goals. 

There is.  This year, I re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  And I'd already told Goodreads I read that one.  Sure enough, it didn't act like it wanted me to add it again.  What I did was go to the book's page, change READ to Currently Reading.  It let me do that, so good.  When I finished, I clicked the I'm Finished link, which took me to the review window and at the bottom of the window, there's a place to enter the date.  Click Set to Today, and viola!  I put the book on my yearly goal list. 


Do you re-read books?  What are some of your favorites to re-read?  What the first book you remember re-reading?


jblynn said...

I do re-read books. The first I remember re-reading was Where The Wild Things Are. I was obsessed with that book (and I have a copy so I still re-read it a couple of times per year, lol).

Karyn Good said...

I do reread books. I think of them as old friends that need to be visited from time to time. I first book I remember reading over and over again is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Probably a close second would be Little Women.

Silver James said...

You know how I feel about the In Death series and now I find myself merrily skipping along to the next one when finished with the current read. Surprisingly, I hadn't reviewed quite a few in the middle so I'm getting credit. :) I'll go back to the book GR didn't give me credit and try to backdoor it. I thought I had but evidently not. :(

And yes, there are several series that I reread each time a new book releases. There are other books I read simply because I love them. THE MOONSPINNERS by Mary Steward comes to mind.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Cool, JB! I wish I still had some of my kid books.

Yay, Karyn! I've never read either of those. I keep meaning to, but then I get into something else.

Definitely, Silver. I'm glad you're getting credit for at least some of those re-reads. I bought The Moonspinners at a library thrift sale last year, but I still haven't read it. Someday.

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