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QOTD- What Are You Re-Reading?

Maybe I’m boring.

Maybe I’m too predictable.

Whatever the reason, there a few books that I read over and over again. Every year or so I’ll pick up Stephen King’s It or Alan Moore’s Watchmen and let myself be absorbed into the familiar stories as if I had never experienced them before.

It is not a rare thing to see the same books in the basket beside my toilet for years. Decades even.

Some people think it’s a strange habit. They don’t understand why I would pick up a book I’ve already finished. That’s the word they use, finished. As if it was a chore.

More interestingly, these are often the same people who buy their favorite movies on Blu Ray so they can watch them again and again.

Maybe I am strange for seeking out my most beloved books as often as I do, but I doubt that I am alone.

What are you re-reading? Why?


About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

3 comments on “QOTD- What Are You Re-Reading?

  1. Katherine Shirley
    January 8, 2014

    I have a couple of shelves of about forty books in the room I call my library (which contains many more books that see a lot less use). I read these books over and over because those particular stories ground me and remind me who I am. I know most of them off by heart, or almost, but it is comforting to revisit the same ground and know that in a life where everything around us is changing, all of the time, the stories themselves remain constant, and even though I may reinterpret some things as I grow older and my perspective shifts, my emotional response to the stimulus of re-reading something so familiar is predictable. Oddly, I would hesitate to call all of these books my favourites. Some of them make me cry, others laugh, but overall they remain part of my routine and a reliable means of adjusting my mood.

  2. Mess
    January 8, 2014

    “The Awakening” because I’m emo as hell sometimes.

  3. Jaxon Skeen
    January 28, 2014

    I am re-reading the Eragon series because i enjoyed it such an incredible amount the first time i read it.

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