Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's A-Okay to Reread in April - Week 2

In case you missed the announcement, I declared April a month of rereading. Last week, I shared the books I'm hoping to reread this month. Everyone can join in on the fun! Here's my progress this week:

Jen's April Rereads:

Time Traveler's Wife *finished reread 4/6/12*
Wonder (audio) *finished reread 4/4/12*
Graceling (currently reading)
Charlotte's Web (audio) *finished reread 4/9/12*
Hurt Go Happy (I skipped it in my video, sorry!)
Marty McGuire #1
Little Princess
Finnikin of the Rock (audio) (currently listening to)
Night Circus
Maniac McGee (audio) *finished reread 4/9/12*
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (audio?)

Backups (If I have time):
First Part Last (audio) *finished reread 4/3/12*
Stargirl (audio?)

Jen's Deep Thoughts on Rereading:
I am deeply entrenched in fantasy stories right now. I've been reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore and listening to Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. Both are two of my favorite fantasy books and led me to two revelations about rereading this week.

For starters, to say that this week has been a stressful week is a serious understatement. My life is always busy but there are some weeks that seem to stand out as being more overwhelming than others. I love reading and usually can read to get my mind off of things but I noticed that since I was rereading books this week I found solace in a different way. The books I chose to reread were all books that I loved in the first place. Reading them again was soothing because I could easily fall back into the book - back into following the characters, visualizing the setting, anticipating what was to come. It was truly relaxing to read and get lost in the book. Of course, I had to think about the book as I was reading, but it was a different kind of thinking since I already knew the story. This, too, added to helping me be able to relax thanks to rereading. While rereading Graceling, I especially noticed how much calmer I felt after reading for even fifteen minutes.

Even though rereading has been soothing, at the same time, I have been hyper-conscious of what clues or details the author gives the reader since I know how the book will end. I've been paying attention to parts I might not have noticed before or how certain wording could be interpreted in different ways to lead the reader to think one way or another. I remember watching the movie The Sixth Sense and having missed all the clues that were included to make the end make sense. I hadn't seen it coming at all. After it was over, I wanted to start it all over and watch it in a different way. I noticed how I was rereading this way mostly with Finnikin of the Rock. I have been thinking about the ending and comparing the events as I go to what I know will happen in the end. This seems to go hand in hand with the fact that since I am already familiar with the story, I can think more about the author's craft which I talked about last week. It's really amazing how they make it all come together!

Remember you can join in on the rereading fun to earn a Rereading button at the end of the month!
Add your rereading revelations or link to your own rereading post in the comments section.

Rereading Rules!
Reread 1 novel (MG or YA) and 3 picture books or chapter books.
Write at least 1 blog post or 1 comment that shares your rereading experience.
Any book that you have read before - 
whether it was 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago counts as a reread! 

Rereading Rockstar!
Reread 2 novels (MG or YA) and 5 picture books or chapter books.
Write at least 2 blog posts or 4 comments that share your rereading experience.
Any book that you have read before - 
whether it was 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago counts as a reread!  

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