Welcome to The Big Reveal.
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.
Do you like to re-read books?
Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
I’ve read the Narnia series a number of times, as well as the Little House books, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Anne of Green Gables. Most novels I read only once, however.
Melodie Wright, Agented author
I’m a re-reader, it goes with my revisionist tendencies. I don’t buy a book unless I really really LOVE it, which narrows the field considerably. Every book I own I’ve read multiple times. If I haven’t read it more than once, I’ll give it away or donate it to a book sale or something. Right now I’m re-reading UNSPOKEN, by Sarah Rees Brennan (comes out in Sept.), I love Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Michael Turtledove. The entire Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. All of LM Montgomery’s books, Kristin Cashore’s books, the list is too long…
Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
Nope. I don’t typically re-read books. I’m the same with movies. Once is usually enough and then I’m onto the next thing. There have been a few books I’ve read bits and pieces of twice, but nothing comes to mind.
Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
Yes, but only some books. I like the Chronicles of Narnia every few years, and also Ray Bradbury’s novels. Mostly, I like to re-read my own books and congratulate myself on being such a good writer.
Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
Yes! Especially certain parts in books. Like in Lola and the Boy Next Door I read the kissing scene about fifty times. (swoon) And I’m on about the 27th time through the Harry Potter series.
Jade Hart, Un-agented author
I’ve read a few multiple times. It has to be a rich story that I enjoy. I’ve read The Sword of Truth twice, and Jean Auel twice. However the book I’ve read the most is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. I just love the way she writes so I get lost in the writing as much as the story. But those are the exceptions, normally I speed read and on to the next, some I only get past the first chapter before I put it down. I’m not a patient reader, if it doesn’t grab me… see ya! (bit harsh I know)
Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
Recently I reread some of my favorite YA books from back when I was a YA. It’s a great way to reconnect with the stories that were relevant to me, and keeps me in touch with my inner young adult.
Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
No. I don’t re-read books. My only exception would be that sometime I’d like to re-read my favorite kids/ya books now that I’m an adult.
Joelene B. Perry, Published author
The only books I’ve re-read are Harry Potter and the classics. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice. Or any of Austen’s, really. There are a few modern books that I know I WANT to re-read, but so many new books come out every month, that I end up not re-reading.
Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
I re-read several books when I was young, some as many as four or five times— Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, The Boxcar Children (#1) by Gertrude Chanlder Warner, Matilda by Roald Dahl, and The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks. It’s not as common for me to reread a book now; there are just so many I want to read. But every now and then I like to re-read a good classic like Jane Eyre or To Kill a Mockingbird. They never cease to give me wonder.
Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
I’ve read THE STAND four times. Was ill (physically) every time. Totally psycho-somatic.
So do you re-read books? If so, which ones?