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The Big Reveal

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 un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.
 
Great news from Steph Campbell who has recently released another book. A Toast to the Good Times, co-written with Liz Reinhardt. Congrats Steph!
 
Do you like to re-read books?

 
Theresa Paulo, Agented Author
No. I have a really hard time wanting to read a book twice. I can’t believe I’m going to admit this but the only books I have read more than once are the fours books of the Twilight series.
 

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I don’t re-read books often because my reading time is so rare and precious these days. But I used to do so a lot as a teen. I’ve read every novel by Victoria Holt/Philipa Carr (historical/romantic/suspense novels that I was hooked on in high school and college) at least twice. There were 60+ of those, if I recall. I think I’ve read Catcher in the Rye five times? I’ve also read Mermaids by Patty Dann at least five times.

 
Steph Campbell, Published Author
I absolutely re-read books! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the Jessica Darling series, or Beautiful Disaster, or Speak. So. Many. Times. :) Also, when I’m feeling down about my writing, I re-read My Heart For Yours, because I sort of love the writing Jolene and I did in that novel. :)
 

Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
I’ve read 13 Reasons Why an obscene amount of times. Also As I Lay Dying. Also Play It As It Lays. Also The Blind Assassin. There are books that I have loved that I will only ever read once because they damn near broke me (The Fault In Our Stars).

 

Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
YES. I wouldn’t buy them nearly as often if I didn’t! I find the lighter a book, the more likely I am to reread it, because I’m much more likely to want to relive the fun of a romance then, say, a heavy book about death. I loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, but I don’t particularly ever want to read it a second time, whereas I’m sure there are many rereads of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins in my future. I recently loved a book (THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson) so much that I read it twice in two days, which was just absurd. I read so many new books and mss now that I no longer read things a zillion times the way I used to, but there were a bunch I used to read over and over. CATCHER IN THE RYE comes to mind immediately, and LATER, AT THE BAR by Rebecca Barry is one I often go back to when I need character-writing inspiration.

 

Jenny Morris, Agented Author
I am not good at this. A lot of the excitement for me is finding out what happens. Or trying to guess throughout the book. That excitement is gone once I’ve read it. But I do love re-reading children’s books with my little ones.

 
Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
I’ve re-read Where the Red Fern Grows about a million times. Also Chasing Redbird, Bloomability, and Walk Two Moons. Those are probably my favorite books. It’s hard for me to re-read the sad ones because I know I’ll just sit there sobbing…(Damn you John Green!)
 

Do you like to re-read books?

 

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10 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Kyra Lennon Says:

    I do like to re-read books! I have read the Harry Potter series a million times lol!

  2. Chloe Banks Says:

    I should totally re-read because I have an apalling memory for books! Even books I really liked I only have a vague idea of the plotline a year later. However, life is too short! There are too many good books to read to re-read ones I already know.

    Having said that, there are a few books I would now like to re-read – the Narnia stories, The Stand by Stephen King (because I loved it) and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (because I didn’t like it and everyone tells me I must be wrong!). The only book I’ve re-read in recent years (other than the bible which I read a bit of every day) is non-fiction actually – Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.

  3. PK Hrezo Says:

    Interesting. I’ve never re-read a book. Ever. I know it sounds crazy, but there are just so many out there I don’t have time for re-reads. But I do rewatch films based on books over and over. Does that count? :)

  4. Suzi Says:

    Looks like we’ve got quite a few John Green fans. Three people referenced him. I really need to read the Fault in our Stars.

    I don’t re-read books. There are too many others waiting to be read and not enough time. The exception to that of course is kids books, because we re-read those a hundred times.

    There are a few books I loved as a kid that I’d like to go back and read. To see what I think of it now. But in general I don’t re-read anything.

  5. Dana Says:

    I’ve reread a few books, but mostly I go with the “so many books, so little time” way of thinking. :)

  6. Emily R. King Says:

    I re-read books! I’m about to re-read Graceling. Darn, I love that book!

  7. Morgan Shamy Says:

    I ABSOLUTELY do… I’ve read my favorite series 4 or 5 times… I just want to stay in that world!!!

  8. Lara Schiffbauer Says:

    I have never known anyone else to read Victoria Holt, so I was shocked when I read Mindi Scott’s reveal. Those are exactly the books I used to read over and over when I was in high school. It didn’t matter that each book was basically the same, I loved the mystery, drama and romance. So addictive!

  9. Jolene Says:

    YAY STEPH!!!!!
    I’ve re-read that book a million times – EVEN after the million rounds of edits.
    Also.
    I’ve re-read some of the classics (some an embarrassing amount) but aside from that, I’m with Mindi. Reading time is precious and there are SO MANY books out there that I want to read.

  10. Mindi Scott Says:

    Lara: That’s awesome! Man, did I love those Victoria Holt books. THE CAPTIVE was always my very favorite. In fact, Rosetta from my first book was named for the protagonist in that one. :-)

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