When a reread is the only way to go…

Posted 21 January, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Blog Tour, Discussion | 7 Comments

That’s right. I said it. I’m still in a reading rut, one that involves DNFing (did not finish) way too many books and returning yet again to my favorite series.

As much as I love my rereads, I really wish I could get back on the reading train but I fear it’s passed me by. For years, I knew what I liked, I read it, and I enjoyed it. I rarely DNFed books. It’s not that every book rocked but there was enough in each to keep me reading until the end.

Maybe it’s because I read so much that I’ve gotten myself into this particular reading pickle. (Seriously, though, is there such a thing as “too much” reading? Blasphemy, I say.) There I was, cruising along through my TBR (both physical and digital…they’re about half and half these days) when I hit a wall. Book after book just didn’t tickle my fancy. Didn’t float my boat. Didn’t light my fire. Dammitall. (Yes, that’s one word. Even though there are red squiggles below it.)

This rut continued. For months and months. Finally, I stopped blogging. Stopped pushing myself. And started doing a lot of rereading. Don’t get me wrong. I kept picking up the new books, too, but those that really c178476aptured me were few and far between (stellar urban fantasy, where are you?!? Have they stopped publishing you? I need urban fantasy that rocks me!!).

So I kept rereading. While I reread a lot of favorites, many standalones, it was delving back into and binging entire series that really hit the spot.

Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series got hit up a couple of times. There’s just something about how she (seemingly) effortlessly weaves together her couples and their story with the greater events of their world as the series progresses. I really like her Guild Hunter series as well, though it focuses mostly on her main couple. Still, her writing is always entertaining, no matter how often I reread.

Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series miiight have been reread multiple times. Granted, I skipped over the repetitive bits (this writing duo enjoys recapping events and their 38619world…which can get a tad tedious during a binge, though it’s appreciated when we’ve had a long wait between installments) but I do love the story of Kate and Curran. (How is Roland going to try and corrupt Julie? Any guesses?) They’ve also got a couple of other series in71811 progress (Burn For Me has been reread a lot and I’m super-sad that the next book isn’t scheduled to release until 2017! *sigh*) that I really like but KD is my fave.

Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series is fantastic for rereading, too. Incidentally, I’ll be taking part in a series reread blog tour with her publisher (Ace Books) — I get to kick it off with Moon Called — and highly recommend the whole series (Obviously. I’ve reread it. A lot.)! I don’t have
a list of everyone who’s participating yet but these are our tour dates, which lead up to the release of Patty’s newest in the series, Fire Touched (which is awesome.):25776210

February 25    MOON CALLED
February 26    BLOOD BOUND
February 29    IRON KISSED
March 1          BONE CROSSED
March 2          SILVER BORNE
March 3          RIVER MARKED
March 4          FROST BURNED
March 7          NIGHT BROKEN

Lately, I’ve been forcing myself to pick up more of those lonely books on my TBR shelf. They’ve been neglected too long. Still more misses than hits, unfortunately, but I’m slowing digging my way out of my reading rut. After I finish the Tairen Soul series just one more time…

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7 Responses to “When a reread is the only way to go…”

  1. I have only read the first two Psy-Changling books and the first Kate Daniels book. No Mercy books but I have read a couple of the spin-off ones from that one. Have you tried The Mageri Series by Dannika Dark? It’s like on of my favorites and gets better as you go. Also Caged series by Amber Lynn Natusch, it’s really good too. Just two ideas if you haven’t tried them 🙂

  2. I’d love to re-read and I felt the urge the other day but dang, suddenly after not a lot, review copies showed up, all that should be read now. Oh well. And blergh, i should make those 30 books on my shelf 15 and then I will re-read;)
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  3. Rereading books is something I also love to do when all of the new books I recently read bored me and didn’t work for me. I mostly reread contemporary romances, I don’t know how often I have already reread the Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts, some sweet YA romances and some lighter romantic suspense books.
    In general I think we readers tend to be too hard on ourselves when our new books don’t work for us. Good to hear that your TBR books are slowly becoming more interesting to you.
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  4. Rereads of faves are always good. You know you will enjoy it and may find something new. I haven’t done a reread for a long time. Blogging sort of makes that hard. I do want to continue some of the series I have started but haven’t finished.
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  5. I just did a re-read of one of my favorite erotic reads. It was nice to go back to a classic I knew was incredibly well written.

    I wonder sometimes if books as a whole just aren’t as well written as they used to be pre-indie book rush. Now it seems like instead of one (maybe 2) book releases a year authors are trying to churn out 3-10 books a year to “keep up” with everyone else and there’s just no way the quality will be the same in those cases.
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