As most of you probably know, I am NOT a re-reader. I just can’t bring myself to reread a book – even a fantastic book – when I know that there are so many books out there that I still haven’t read. That I desperately want to read!! The only time I ever reread books is when I am reading an old favorite along with my kids (and even those are few and far between).
Which is why it baffles me that they LOVE to reread books. ALL. THE. TIME. This past week we celebrated my daughter’s birthday, and the only thing that she really wanted was more of the Warriors books by Erin Hunter. There are like 30 books in this series and she’s read all of them multiple times (some of them, I think she’s read like four times). But she loves these books, and getting them from the library over and over again is just not sufficient. She owns a couple of the series already, but she wants to own them all so that she can read them again and again … and again …
I literally, at one point, had to force her to read something else in between – just to make me feel better, really. Luckily, she has been reading some other things lately, but the Warriors series was still the first thing she asked for when her birthday came around!
My son isn’t quite as bad, but he often rereads as well – and he doesn’t even always reread the books in a series in order! This manages to activate another serious issue that I have – I CANNOT read books out of order! But, if he finds a book laying around that piques his interest, he’ll read it – even if it’s book #3 in a series. Then, he might go back and reread books one and two, if he feels like it. Seriously, it makes me want to hyper-ventilate just thinking about it!
Recently, my son and I had a conversation that went basically like this …
J: Mom, I really want to reread the MILA 2.0 series again. Is the third book out yet? Can you please get the first book from the library?
(At this point, I’m just thrilled that he wants to read them in order! I originally had the first book as an e-book for review, but I deleted it after I was done with it because … well … I was done with it. Then I got a hardcover of the second book for review and my son was super interested in that cover – I finally got him the first book from the library so that he could read them both.)
ME:(Checks Goodreads) Oh, wow! The third book isn’t even coming out until February of 2016. Do you still want to reread the first two right now?
J: Darn! Yeah, I definitely still want to reread them.
ME:(After checking the library status) Sorry, buddy, the first book is checked out right now. I can put it on hold if you want me to.
J: Aw, man. Okay, put it on hold.
Me:(Thinking in my head, “How many times is he going to reread these books before 2016? Oh no! The book isn’t available at the library, and he’s going to just read the books out of order – it’s going to drive me crazy! Hurry, distract him!!”) You know, you should really read the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. I think you’re old enough now, and it’s one of my favorite series of all time. It’s all about how people will accept crazy things if they’re considered “normal” for society. People decide that it’s okay to basically chop their teenagers up and donate all their parts if they’re bad enough kids. (I know, I’m horrible for describing the book this way, but I know how to get my son’s attention.)
J:(Eyebrows raise in confusion and slight revulsion mixed with a distinct look of “Hey, that’s cool!”)
ME – (“Yes, I have him!! Crisis averted!”)
J: Awesome! Where’s the first book?
(I tell him where to find the books and we have long, meaningful discussions about all sorts of things like the value of life, what makes a person a person, whether or not I’d unwind him – he’s kidding with this question – I think – etc. As soon as he leaves the room, I head to Amazon to buy MILA 2.0 – it NEEDS to be here before he’s done with the Unwind series so he doesn’t resort to reading the books out of order!)
Anyway, I’m pretty sure that you can see who the neurotic one in the family is – and it’s not either of my kids. Really, though, now that you’ve gotten to know me a little, are you at all surprised?
Oh, and I told my son that I’m going to reread the Unwind series with him, so I guess I will be doing some rereading soon, after all.
How about you? Do your kids (or siblings … or parents … boyfriend … whoever) have different reading habits than you that drive you crazy? How do you cope?