My Make Time to Reread Project (& a peek at my bookshelves)
Originally, I thought this would take a long post to explain, but then I realised last night it really doesn’t. After all, I’ve already written about my love of rereading. Pre-blogging, I was a huge rereader; now, not so much. But I miss it tremendously! And as you can see from the photograph, I’ve finally got my bookcases set up the way I want them, so it’s the perfect time to start: I have a large, easily accessible rereading pool right here (except for the two shelves marked ‘to be read’ and the French & Russian shelf which includes quite a bit of reference stuff, all of those books are ones I’ve read before). So, I’ve decided that for the last three months of the year, I’ll spend the first fortnight of each solely choosing fiction books I’ve already read. The only exceptions are for library books that aren’t easily accessible: for instance, books that I’ve requested through inter-library loan or books that have a ridiculously long wait list that I’ve finally reached the top of. Also, I’m not going to give up nonfiction, it’s just that I’m not putting a rereading requirement on those selections: I’ll probably try a few, but it’s really revisiting fiction that I miss. I haven’t yet quite decided what I’ll do about my diverse reading preferences during this project…in the past, I read primarily white authors from England the US, so my rereading pool is heavily skewed that way. That’s part of why I decided to take an every other fortnight approach, but I can also just reread more recent (from the past couple of years) novels/short story collections to add more diversity! I’m not going to keep myself to the strict 1:1 ratio that I do for normal reading, though.
When the month began, I was limited to ebooks, because my hands were still in a lot of pain, but now that I’ve cut way back on typing, they’ve finally become happy again. So my physical books are once again accessible, and I’m sure I’ll be choosing from them soon! You can always see what I’m rereading via my sidebar: currently, I’m in the middle of Northanger Abbey and Laurie King’s The Game. And my first reread of the month was The Two Towers: I’ve been listening to a fun podcast series, The Tolkien Professor, and it made me crave him, so I was delighted to discover my library had ebooks of the series! I’m impatiently waiting for The Return of the King to become available. ;)
As far as blogging goes, once I’m back on my meds (a week from today, October 12th), I imagine I’ll mix up posts about my rereads with posts from my backlog of new-to-me books. I’ll give first preference to rereads that I haven’t blogged about before! Until then, I thought I’d fill the time with more photo-heavy posts: a series introducing you to my bookshelves in more detail! As you can seen, I’ve gone with a different organising scheme (for newish readers, when I lived in Colorado I shelved my books by colour): it kind of created itself organically, so it works for me. I also undertook a massive library cull, so I can’t wait to introduce you to my ‘leaner’ collection! ;) In the meantime, you can click on the top photo to enlarge it if you want a ‘sneak peek.’
What are your favourite books/authors to reread?