RTW: On Re-Reading & The Best Book of March

From YA Highway:

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic: What was the best book you read in March?

I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked in March (although I’m sure my husband would disagree) and I ended up re-reading books.  Here are the best of the best:

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS – I seriously cannot stop talking about this book.  Read about my luuurve affair with it here.

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR – Once I read ANNA, I had to go back to LOLA to catch a few more glimpses of Etienne St. Clair.  Heart.

As much as I adored ANNA (and read it twice in two days), the best book of March was THE HUNGER GAMES.  I re-read it before seeing the movie and am now re-reading CATCHING FIRE.

I first read the THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy about a year ago, thanks to the suggestion of my excellent friend Sara, who is an enthusiastic YA reader (and CLOUD 9’s biggest fan).   I wanted the whole world to read THE HUNGER GAMES (except my son, who quite often asks when he can read it.  He’s not quite 9.  He’s going to have to wait a couple more years, I think).

In May of last year, I selected THE HUNGER GAMES for my book club to read.  At that time, I wrote this fantastic blog post about how much I love my book club friends and how grateful I am for them and what an amazing, thought-provoking discussion we had on the book.  I wrote the post on a Wednesday and that afternoon Blogger had a major malfunction and the blog post disappeared forever.  I still love my book club friends, by the way.

So now I’ve been rather impatiently waiting for THE HUNGER GAMES movie and Happy Birthday to me, I’ve finally seen it.  I had to wait until Monday the 26th, but it was so worth the wait.  I’m glad that I re-read the book before I saw it – I’m sure I would have missed little details (like why didn’t Haymitch fall off the stage at the Reaping?).  Of course I saw the movie with Sara and she had some valid comments, too, for those that will see the movie without reading the books, mainly – is Katniss faking her feelings for Peeta or not?!

I can't wait to take Hammer Guy to see the movie, so I'm basically forcing him to read the books.  He prefers reading hardcovers, so I bought it for him last night.  His comment: "You really want me to read this book, don't you?"

Well, duh.  We have a rule in our house -- you can't see the movie until you've read the book.

I have another excellent friend, Lena, who is reading the books for the first time.  When I mentioned that I’d just re-read the first and was moving on to the second, she commented, "Sara, I just don't get rereading books. You know what's going to happen!" (Umm, not always.  Sometimes I've forgotten.)

That’s got me thinking of all the many reasons to re-read a book. Here are just a few:
  • To live the moments and emotions over again
  • To return to a specific time in your life
  • To savor the language, the turn of a sentence
  • To fuel an obsession (uh, St. Clair, anyone?  Doug from Jennifer Echols' FORGET YOU? Even Rhett Butler.)
  • To once again lose yourself in a compelling and intriguing story
  • To discover things you didn't the first time around
  • To learn -- lessons in craft (v. important for us writers)
Not everyone feels this way and that's okay, too.

So what about you?  Do you re-read?  What are some of your favorites?  And what was YOUR best book of March?

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Comments

  1. I loved THE HUNGER GAMES. The movie was fantastic, too! I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award :). The details are on my blog.

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    1. Thanks for the award! I will stop over to check it out.

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  2. I haven't seen the movie yet! Waiting for the hubby to read the book first. Might just have to read it to him if he doesnt hurry it up!

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  3. LOVED the Hunger Games movie - OMGoodness, so great! And while I am in LUV with the yummy St. Clair, I think after reading LOLA, my affections have shifted to Cricket. THe boy is just too, too adorable. You read great books this month! And I re-read all. The. Time. Mostly for craft or because I'm obsessed with characters.

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    1. Yes, Cricket is pretty dreamy, too. I love how his pants are just a bit too short to show off his socks. And the reminders written on his hand. And his braininess.

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  4. Yay for Anna and the French Kiss. I love re-reading books. These are all great reasons. I find that the books I re-read change and grow with me. Just like any theater, movie, music, or art I pick up different things every time I read the book because I have grown or changed every time I pick up that book.

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    1. Yes, that's right on - the books (and the other things you mentioned) change and grow with you. Thanks for that.

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  5. There are certain books I re-read too, but I always need a couple of years in between. Like Carrie said, there is always something new to discover in a book if I've had time to change/grow since the last reading.

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    1. I'd love to hear about some of the books that you've re-read!

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  6. I´m definitely a re-reader...There are certain books I probably read more than 5 times over the last decade...There are several reasons for this habit:
    1 - my feel-good books
    2 - Commute
    3 - It has been forever and I want to get to know a story again...
    :D

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    1. How long IS your commute, anyway?!

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    2. 1 hour and 15 minutes each way :D

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    3. Oh, good grief. But hooray for being able to read without feeling guilty! :)

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  7. You give some great reasons for re-reading in this post. I was never a big re-reader (despite the influence of my mother, who has several books that she makes sure to read Every Single Year), but now that I'm writing, I find myself revisiting a few old favorites for #3, 6, and 7 on your list.

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    1. I'd love to hear what some of those old favorites are!

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  8. I want to see the movie--but holding out for the dvd. I like my privacy and can get my own snacks and not have anyone be annoying through the movie that way.

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    1. Ooh, I don't know if I would have been able to wait. My husband asked me how many times I plan to see it in the theater - I would guess at least three more times.

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  9. I always want to reread and I never get to it--I blame the huge pile of new books I always have to read. If I was a better rereader, I would definitely reread ANNA and LOLA, though. :)

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    1. I often wonder what books I'm completely missing out on when I am re-reading something.... my TBR pile is huge, too!

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  10. I don't re-read that much since I've got so many new ones to read. But the sign of a good book is that you can take something new from it each time. I started re-reading Tery Pratchett's Discworld books a couple of years ago, and since I hadn't read some of them since I was a kid, there was a lot more to pick up on. Kurt Vonnegut has lots going on that merits re-reading, too.

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