Book Blogger Hop – May 10 to May 16

May 12, 2013     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Random Thoughts, Reading

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The Book Blogger Hop is hosted over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Prompts last for a few days, and it introduces people to other blogs.

Another week, another prompt. I decided to load some rambly goodness on Mother’s Day to break up the monotony of reviews. So here is this week’s question!

What was the last book you re-read? Or name a book you would like to re-read.

I am going to do both.

The lure of the re-read is something I have had to fight against pretty hard. I love to re-read books, and before I discovered my library’s request system and the used book sale, I was limited by my low income to my currently owned books. So I re-read them a lot.

Then I got into e-borrowing and requesting, and buying books in batches of 50+ and paying less than what I would for 3 from the book store. So here I had this entire world of literature opened up to me. It took a while to break the habit of re-reading books because it was all I had to read.

I can’t honestly remember the last book I re-read. I think it might have been part of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer in a desperate attempt to disassociate with the rigors of adult life. (It didn’t work, by the way) Upon re-reading Twilight, I found I had outgrown it. Bummer, since it had always been a great literary escape for me.

As for what I want to re-read? There are many. The Harry Potter series and I have not been acquainted in a while. The Tudors series by Philippa Gregory, because I want to finish it. The rest of the Prydain series, because I started it earlier this year and I want to finish it. Most of the books I want to re-read are because I want to be re-connected with how I feel reading them, or I want to see how the characters are doing. I love that feeling. Sadly, you can only read a book for the first time once.

How about you, what was the last book you re-read? Do you prefer not to re-read books?

6 responses to “Book Blogger Hop – May 10 to May 16

  1. It´s interesting that you should mention TWILIGHT. I have just finished reading that one again, and in Spanish, this time. That makes the fourth time I have read this novel! I love the entire saga, but the first book is my favorite, hands down. I don´t think I´ll ever outgrow this series, either, in spite of the fact that I´m definitely NOT a teen, nor am I in my twenties…. I love these books so much that I have several editions of them!

    I would also like to read the Harry Potter series again, in spite of the fact that I had a problem with a certain beloved character´s untimely demise in one of the later books…. Maybe this time I´ll be able to finish the series!

    I have not read Philippa Gregory, but really feel that I should. She´s an excellent writer, from the reviews of her work that I´ve read.

    WOW, you had no choice but to keep reading the books you already owned….but that´s nice. You really got to know them well. Still, it´s good that you are now able to broaden your reading horizons.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • That is so great that you have forged such a connection with a book as to own it in multiple editions. I have yet to find that with any book. Though I guess I do own a few on both e-book and physical book thanks to the used book sales. I don’t entirely trust this whole e-book thing, where my entire library can be wiped out by accident.

      I can see that certain event in the Harry Potter series causing sufficient trauma as to stop reading. I have had a few books where I have had to put them down for a day or two to process what has happened, but generally the need to know what happens drives me to pick them up again. I envy your connection to characters that it caused you to stop reading completely. (Though I will admit, you are missing out on a fantastic story)

      Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, and I definitely recommend you check her out if you are at all inclined to the genre.

      I feel like my books are in a way a part of me because I had such a limited collection for so long, and now with being ill, I read a lot when I am having a bad day. I love my books, and I feel like they return the favor by letting me escape into them 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

    • It is entirely possible. In past weekly features, I mentioned Twilight because it sang to my 13-year-old self, when boys were the only thing that mattered, I wasn’t chronically ill, and I didn’t have to worry about trivialities like groceries and rent. In that sense, Twilight is perfect. It is by no means a great work of literature, but I believe the people who read it and enjoy it find something great in it because it sings to some younger part of themselves. For those who had a different experience growing up, they find that connection in different types of literature.
      Thanks for the comment!

    • HP is special to me because it was the start of not having to re-read what I owned. I mean, I re-read it a lot because I loved it, but it was one of the first series I got that was separate from my little isolated collection.

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