What Makes a Book Worth Rereading?

I’m not much for rereading novels. Generally speaking, once I’ve read it, I’m done. Even if I loved the book and will sing its praises for years to come, I will probably never pick it up again. This contrasts greatly with my sister who almost never reads new books but goes back and rereads her favorites. Me, I’m always looking ahead to the next one on my (very) long to-read list.

There are exceptions. Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion are two books I’ve read at least parts of more times than I can count. But those two are old favorites. More recently, as in the last year, I read The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer and spent a couple of weeks reading certain parts over and over again until the obsession finally waned. But I’m certain I’ll go back to it again when I have time. After I finish the second book in The Agency series by Y.S. Lee, I will definitely go back and reread the first one.

So what is it about these novels that brings me back? Simply put, character interaction. As much as I love mystery and action-adventure, the common denominator of all these novels is a couple I love to watch interact. I’m a girl and a sucker for a good romance. Notice I said good romance. Not just any will do. Good for me equals two multi-layered characters who have fabulous conversations that make me want to go back to the beginning and start all over again in case I missed a word. I want them to be a match intellectually, but different enough to start a fire.

So that’s what makes a novel worth a second (or third or fourth) read to me. How about you? What books have you read over and over and why?

Photo by Jo Naylor

2 thoughts on “What Makes a Book Worth Rereading?

  1. Anonymous

    I definitely get what you’re saying. I have some OCD issues I’m working through and when I come across a novel I love, I find myself reading it three times back to back to make sure I got everything, milking every last morsel or meaning from the pages. If the book doesn’t impress me, then the cycle stops at one. The dynamics of the characters play a key role in whether or not I will reread.



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