Friday, 18 May 2018

50/50 Friday - Book You Can/Can't Bring Yourself to Reread

50/50 Friday is hosted at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books.

"What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favourite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!"

This week's topic:
Book You Can/Can't Bring Yourself to Reread

This prompt is an easy one for me because I have only re-read two books in pretty much as long as I can remember. At the risk of alienating a significant proportion of the book blogging community, I just don't like re-reading! If significant details - or the ending - pop into my head as I see a book then, for me, the pleasure is ruined by knowing what's coming up. I have the same problem with predictable-genre books - being able to guess the likely plot and ending from a book's cover art (or the font used for the title!) discourages me from picking it out. So my Book I Can't Bring Myself To Reread is (almost) All Of Them!

That said, there are exceptions to every rule! I reread The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga when I spotted it secondhand at a book sale. At the time I needed another WorldReads - India title and, although I knew I had read this years before, absolutely nothing about the story came back to me. I didn't remember it while reading either - I must have been very distracted the first time around because The White Tiger is a good book!

The second exception is Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. I have this on audio. I think it's my favourite book, period, and I've listened to it ... three times! For me that's amazing! Strangely, I did find I enjoyed the relisten far more than I would have done a reread. There's something about being told a story that makes it a completely different experience to reading it myself. I plan to relisten to some of my earliest Audible books, even though I can remember aspects of them, and see if I enjoy these as much second time around as well or if Rebecca is an aberration.


You can see everyone else's 50/50 Friday posts at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books, and find out what next week's prompt will be.

4 comments:

  1. I only re-read my favorite books so I totally understand!

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  2. I kind of admire how you almost never reread! Of the books I read every year, about half of them are rereads and I always think about if I wouldn't be rereading, how many more books I would be able to read! Thanks for linking up, Stephanie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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