I was recently thinking about just that, Someone had asked me what my favorite book as a child was. I had no idea, since I consider myself to be a 'serial monogamist' when it comes to books, i.e. my favourite is always the one I'm currently reading and that I can't put down. (Credit for that term 'serial monogamist' to the author D. Schwanitz, btw.)
So when I was asked about my favourite book, I tried to determine which one I liked best. That's how I noticed that there are books on my shelf that I liked quite a lot when I read them back then, but never re-read . There are some exceptions, of course, for example books from a series with a new book coming up, or books I didn't get into at first reading and which I sometines apreciate more when I've grown a bit older.
And then there are others that I re-read on average every 1-2 years. Usually, because I would think, "How'd that scene go? What was that line of dialogue you liked so much?" I grab the book, and before I know it, I've read it again. Watership Down
by Richard Adams is one of those. I must have read it a dozen times since I bought my used copy for 1 DM at a library sale when I was about, whoah, 12 or 13? That's
15 years down the memory lane for me. Less frequently, but ever so often, I pull out Michael Ende's Wunschpunsh
) when I crave cute and simple, or Ottfried Preußler's Krabat
, when I can stand bittersweet. Or the Discworld novel that I still like the most (according to number of readings) Guards! Guards!
I'll read a bad book once. (If I finish it. I hated
The Fifth Sorceress. So. Much
I might read a soso-lala book twice. (And sometimes, soso-lala becomes better then I remembered. Obviously, sometimes my mind has to ripe. Like wine.)
My favorites I'll read as often as my eyes fall on them. (And they never grow old. Never
Edited because the wrong question get's displayed O.o:Original Writers Block question: If you fall in love with a book or movie, do you tend to watch/read it again and again? If so, what's your upper limit on repeats?