Warning: this post rambles...more than my usual posts (if that's possible *grin*).
Last week the lovely Kati from Katidom wrote a fantastic post entitled In Which Kati Starts in the Middle (I love Kati's post titles). The post is all about the how behind re-reading. And after thinking about it I realized that for most re-reads I don't actually start at the beginning...or in the middle, but instead just re-read my favourites scenes. And sometimes I don't even read those scenes in order - sometimes I just flit forwards and then backwards to whichever scene I most want to read next...
The bottom line? I rarely re-read a book in its entirety. However, as part of the GoodReads Beyond Reality Group I am about to start re-reading (properly) the War of Light and Shadow series by Janny Wurts, starting with the first book - The Curse of the Mistwraith. And I'm both worried and excited about reading this book. I worry that it won't live up to what I remember, that it won't work for me as well as it did and that it will lose that magical...aura that it has had since I first picked it up. Saying that, I like to think that I've matured in the 17 years since The Curse of the Mistwraith was published , so I'm hoping that I'll not only enjoy it as much as I did, but that I'll also pick up more of the nuances and layers that I missed as a younger reader. And this is definitely a book that has both...in spades!
So, do you re-read and, if so, how do you do it? From the first page to the last? From the middle (like Kati) or do you flit (like me)? And...have you ever re-read a book that was one of your favourites? A book that you haven't read in years but have loved unconditionally? And how did you find it upon re-reading it? (Yes, I'm full of questions tonight. My mother used to joke that my first word was 'Why?'.)