Oh, summertime, here you are!
I’m not sure why summertime makes me think of reading, but for some reason, I think of books I’ve already read once and would like to read again.
I am never one to pass by the paperback used book stand at the library to see if there is some new find I’ll come across.
But summertime? I think of old reads on lazy summer days. Instead of the “to be read” pile, I’m inclined to circle back around to some old favorites.
Which brings me to a big question: What makes a book re-readable?
For me, usually there is a plot twist or something unexpected that caught my attention the first time around. I’ll make sure enough time has gone by before I read a book again, though.
Otherwise if the element of surprise isn’t there, I’ll be inclined to put it down and not finish the re-read.
There must be characters who feel like friends to me after the story has been told.
Even though their journey in pages is complete, it’s fun to pick up the book and start the journey again.
A big requirement for me is the feeling of satisfaction I get when I reach “The End” and put down the book.
The words still resonate inside my head, the scenes replay themselves and I feel like I do after getting off a roller coaster—my body “remembers” the plunging turns, the exciting heights, the sudden drops that leave me breathless until I arrive on the car, chugging back to the platform. It’s the same with a book.
Was I moved emotionally? Did I laugh, cry, gasp, wonder how it would all turn out? Did the book remove me from this world and insert me somewhere else, and leaving it feels like a horrible interruption?
What about you?
Are you content to read a book once and that’s it?
Or are you a fan of re-reads?
If you do re-read certain titles, what are some of your favorites?
How do you decide a book is worth reading one more time?
Note: My book, The Sweetheart of Starlight, is included in the collection Table for Two: A Yummy Collection of Restaurant Themed Romances. It is FREE on Wednesday, June 15, so make a note and download it HERE.
About The Sweetheart of Starlight –
Tamarind Brown knows Texas barbecue… She also knows how to run a restaurant, even if The Pit is a bit shabby around the edges and needs renovation. Her place is a local favorite in Starlight, Texas. So why is she losing money? Rick Mantovani knows pasta. He has a string of successful Italian restaurants on the East Coast, but he wants to conquer barbecue. And the place to prove himself is the heart of Texas. The fact that Starlight is also the home of a beautiful, green-eyed barbecue champion doesn’t hurt. As their friendship grows, Rick visits Tamarind’s church to do a little business networking. He’s never had time for God or religion, and when tragedy strikes Starlight, Rick finds himself at a crossroads of faith.