Every few years, I like to re-read some of my favorite books, including my collection of Stephen King’s short stories again.  Some of them hold up, some of them don’t, but no matter how many times I go through them, I’m always fine to do it again.  According to the Internet, though, some people never revisit something they’ve read before, under the spurious argument that they already know how it goes.  Having recently been a re-reader of “Dead Lines,” one of my favorite books of my early twenties, I can tell you, even a book you’ve read a dozen times can give you something new, leading to today’s ever-changing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that I’m a different person every single day, and naturally, will process these stories differently at any given time, asking: Are you a re-reader, or do you prefer only one pass on a book?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

4 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The hard truth of the matter is that there are just so many things piled up in my yet-to-read pile that finding the time to re-read something just rarely happens. I will occasionally manage to re-read something, and I’m sure that I’d get good stuff out of it if I were to do it more, but there are too many other priorities for my free time for that to be a “thing” that I do.

  2. Definitely a re-reader, especially with comics. As with a lot of movies, i can fairly easily reach back with the same excitement as the first time i read or watched something.

  3. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I re-read everything I really liked, but with so many new things to try its sometimes hard to find time, especially when most of my favorites are long, ten to thirty volume mangas. Most of the time I end up picking one book here or there, instead going through the whole thing in order.

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