The survey of 2,034 people, conducted to mark the 2007 Costa Book Awards, found 77% of UK readers re-read books. J.K. Rowling’s hit series beat J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into second and third place respectively.
Other top 20 re-visited reads include Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and the Bible.
I am beyond shocked that people out there have: a) read the whole Bible, let alone reread it, and b) reread The Da Vinci Code... Color me confused; why on earth are people doing any of the two?
The research also showed that 43% admitted to deciding whether they will finish a book after only the first chapter.
Now this, confused me even more. Am I the only one that struggles through books till the very end regardless how bad they are? LOL
The survey also found that almost a fifth of readers read their favorite book more than five times.
As far as rereads go this is the 101 with me: The books I’ve read the most, by far, are the ones in the “Harry Potter” series, and I can happily say they’re the kind that gets better with every reading so it’s always a wonderful experience.
It isn’t always so with all my rereads. There are books I’ve loved to insanity like Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Lady Be Good and Heaven, Texas, which didn’t hold up to the second read. It might be because I idealized them in my mind to the point the “greatness” of the book became unreal, or maybe I just “grew out” of them?
I’ve also had the opposite happen, This Heart of Mine by SEP was a meh read for me the first time around and wonderful every other time since. And Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is my second favorite romance novel ever and I didn’t even like it the first time I read it.
I definitely have a reread books list but they all need to have some basic characteristics:
- They must surprise me every single time.
- They have to get better with every reread; they need to have many layers so that every time I read them I find and learn something new.
- It has to be what I call a Forever Story. Meaning they don’t get old with time or seem outdated a couple of months after I’ve finished them.
- “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling (6)
- Paradise by Judith McNaught (5)
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (5)
- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (4)
- This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (3)
- Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (3)
- Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught (3)
- Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes (3)
- Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes (3)
Do you reread? If so, how many times have you read your favorite(s) book(s)? Do all your rereads hold up to your first thoughts, whether they were fab or bad? And most importantly am I the only one that struggles through books till the very end regardless how bad they are?