I re-read books a lot. It comes down to a couple reasons. One of the top ones is that I'm cheap. The library is an option I suppose, but it's not one I usually use. I prefer to have my own copies. I don't write in them, which would be a reasonable excuse for wanting my own copies. I just like having my own. Logic doesn't always come into play with my reasons.
I also like re-reading because I like the books I'm reading again. If I like a movie, I can watch it over and over again (see: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dogma, Zombieland). Books are the same way for me. Some are short and sweet stories that I use as a literary palate cleanser, like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). I know that play well enough I can mostly recite it. I know there are a lot of books out there but I am hardly planning on reading everything out there so I may as well enjoy what I am reading.
And then of course there are books I read awhile ago that I liked and want to talk about on this blog. World War Z falls into that category. I don't know what I would have re-read it quite so quickly if I didn't have this blog but I wanted to write about it, so I re-read it.
Brother isn't a big reader, but he is a Bond fan and he enjoyed this one so I thought I'd check it out. Then Friend sent a package, c/o Agent Thursday Next (my friend and I are geeky), containing a copy of Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut I'd lent him a while back as well as 2 new (to me) books: The City & The City by China Mieville and Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl.
The Mieville book is actually another Friend's book, he who recommended Kitchen Confidential to me. A while back we were sitting at dinner and he was telling me about this amazing book and how it's kind of odd and I had to check it out because odd is kind of up my alley. I was going to take it home with me and I, of course, forgot because I have the same memory as a goldfish. My forgetfulness was in my other friend's favor, as he got to borrow the book first. He also said it was a good read so I'm looking forward to it.
The Pessl book makes me a bit nervous, because "physics" is in the title. I know some people find physics amazingly interesting, like my friend who had an except from a Richard Feynman lecture read at her wedding. I am not part of that group. I also know (hope!) this isn't actually about straight physics. I trust my friend wouldn't steer me wrong.
So that's on my book reading schedule. Of course I tend to pick what book I'll read next by my mood, so all "upcoming reads" items are subject to change at a moments notice. And of course I have a Bryson re-read thrown in there as well. Just can't get away, what can I say.