One friend I have sits down, opens a book and reads it right through to the end, stopping only for sustenance and bathroom breaks.
Another doesn’t read while she’s writing a book, to make sure she doesn’t echo the author’s voice. A sister of mine can’t start a book without finishing it. No matter how bad the book is, she has to read it to the end. (I don’t have that problem.)
I’m always reading something–sometimes more than one book. I read every night in bed so I can go to sleep and, if I have time, during the day.
There are probably people who never re-read a book, but I do. I have favorite authors (hello, Marilyn Pappano!) as well as favorite books. When my favorite authors publish books, I pre-order mine. (Do you do that? You should! It helps out the author.) But since it takes a lot longer for most good authors to write a book than it takes me to read one, I often do book reruns. (Like TV reruns, but better!)
Reruns must have started for me when I was just a kid, because I read Little Women and The Little House books several times growing up.
Maybe it’s because I have a weak grasp, but each time I reread a book, I find something new in it to amaze me.
And, if I’ve rerun a book enough times, sometimes I can see how it’s put together. (When I read a good book the first time, I get caught up in the story to do that.)
During reruns, I look for turning points, how she plotted it, and sometimes, if I’m lucky, I notice where there’s a little extra sparkle.
Best book I finished recently: KILLER SECRETS, by Marilyn Pappano.
So, so good! One of those books that’ll keep you awake late into the night.
What I’m reading now: I’m rerunning BETWEEN SISTERS, by Kristin Hannah.
One of my sisters (#4) told me about this book years ago, and I’ve really enjoy Kristin ever since.
So, my friend, tell me how you read. Do you always have a book you’re reading in progress or is there never enough time?
What are you reading?