Monday, February 19, 2018
Ramblings From the Stacks - The Trouble with Rereads
And it was good. I loved little Holly, Mark Nolan and his brothers, and Maggie. I loved the setting of Friday Harbor and the dilapidated Victorian house that Mark is helping his brother Sam fix up. However, this was one of my favorite reads of 2013. Did it live up to that? Big fat nope. I mean it was good and I was pulled into the story right away - it's Lisa Kleypas after all. But while the fact that the hero had a girlfriend for at least half the book that wasn't the heroine didn't bother me in 2013 it drove me crazy this time around. What I had rated a 5 Star book in 2013 became a 3 Star book a few years later. The book didn't change but my connection to it definitely did.
While a good book is a good book so much of the reading experience is personal. Sometimes a book can come along at the right time and be exactly what we want or what we're looking for in terms of tone or characters or just the plot itself. And sometimes it isn't. I don't think a 5 star read will ever turn into a 1 star read but a perfect read can drop down to just good or even mediocre.
This is the kind of experience that always makes me a little nervous rereading a favorite book. What if it doesn't live up to the magic of the first read? Have you had this happen with a reread? What do you think changed? Does it make you nervous to reread an old favorite?