Rereading old books, avoiding new ones

While attempting to finish The Human Stain (Philip Roth) for my film and literature class, I found my attention veering often. I desired to read a good sci-fi, fantasy, or dystopian novel. The Human Stain wasn’t giving me what I needed from a book. So… I reread both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Perhaps I should chide myself for reading old books when I keep buying new ones, but after I finished The Hunger Games the first time, I was sad because it meant I wouldn’t get to read it again for a while.

This rereading made me notice how much less I enjoyed reading Catching Fire than the first time through. The idea for the clockwork Games, and for the reaping to be from previous tributes was pretty ingenious (for the characters — I’m also still interested to know if they had the Quells picked out at the first Hunger Games, or if President Snow really picked this especially). However, this great idea felt poorly executed. I do still love Peeta’s character, though. He is so simple.

Whenever I reread a book, I think of something C.S. Lewis said… “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

While I see this is a nice thought, I don’t think I would get very far, or be able to enjoy very many books if I reread one in between every new book. Especially because of my love for long series. Although do series of the same character count as one book/idea…?

I know many people who have already pondered the whole rereading books thing, but here I am, doing it again. What makes a book worth rereading? What makes you put down one book and decide to experience a story that you have already experienced, when there are so many new books and new stories out there? Also, why can’t my class read The Hunger Games and watch the movie when it comes out? (haha)


Side note: Since this is already veering from my normal review, I also wanted to mention that my mom started her own blog (so proud!) about the sewing/quilting projects she does on a regular basis. If you feel so inclined, I suggest checking it out:


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bibliopirate
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 13:33:14

    There is certainly nothing wrong with rereading, in fact some times it is necessary. No matter how much attention you paid during the first read through there will be something you missed, or a thought you didn’t have before. Books aren’t static despite appearances they change slightly with every reading.


  2. Lindsay Eichhorn
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 17:31:48

    I usually end up waiting years before rereading books– when I crack them open again they always take me back to the exact time and place I started reading it. I love that feeling! I will admit that I wanted to reread The Hunger Games almost as soon as I finished the series, so I completely understand your revisiting them so soon!


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