Originally Posted by HarryT
I'm curious. A question for those who never re-read: do you also never listen to a piece of music more than once? If you do, what's the difference with a book?
Books are harder to dance to.
For me, music is a very different thing than a book. It's experienced differently, in a way that (for me) lends itself to repetition. It's a momentary emotional engagement, rather than the long-haul engagement of books.
I've said this in other re-reading threads, but I'll say it again - I do occasionally re-read, but it's almost always longer tomes with complicated or interweaving storylines (The Stand Uncut, for example) and there has to be a long time in between readings. Otherwise, I will have an uncomfortable deja vu-like feeling while reading. It's not pleasant when that happens. But since there are so many books I've yet to read, I simply find something new instead.
One thing that always baffles me about these threads is that some of those who re-read seem to think there's something odd about those who don't, and vice versa. Life is too short to constantly look for "why what I do is better", folks. I'm not "missing out" by rarely re-reading, and I'm not killing old friends, etc. Those who do re-read aren't "missing out" by revisiting the works they love instead of reading new things. What works for one does not work for all. We each do what we enjoy.
- DRM is a concern because I horde books, and I get them from lots of places. I accumulate them way faster than I can read them, and I want to ensure that I actually CAN read them when I get to them, and read them in the manner I choose.