Do you like to reread books?

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Do you like to reread books?

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Dez 11, 2007, 10:22 pm

My husband (INTP) can not stand rereading books, where as I love to (INFP), ifimmersed into the story. Cover to cover I reread fiction, but non-fiction I tend to refer to but not reread. I guess the maximum number of times I have reread a book is about 20, but usually it is just 3x if I like it. I also find that after reading a book that captures my imagination, I am not ready to leave that world immediately, and read non-fiction after a really good fictional story. Then by the time I have finished the non-fiction book I am ready for another fiction.

Editado: Dez 11, 2007, 10:29 pm

I'm somewhere between INTP/INFP, and I'm normally not a re-reader. I have picked up a few that I haven't read in years and have mostly forgotten, but most of the time, there are already too many books in the TBR pile that I feel calling me, and so, no time to revisit an old friend.

Edited for clarity

Editado: Dez 11, 2007, 11:43 pm

INTJ and I'm a big rereader. Like you, mpramanik, I'll read good fiction multiple times, while nonfiction is usually referenced (though occasionally I'll reread this too). There's something about some books that just requires multiple immersions, and I always find it interesting to explore the different ways books can be read.

Dez 12, 2007, 12:07 am

I'm INTJ, and a big rereader, too.

And now, a special feature for my fellow rereaders:

I'm INTJ, and a big rereader, too.


Dez 12, 2007, 12:22 am

I'm INFJ and I love to re-read books.

Dez 12, 2007, 1:38 am

Another INTJ who rereads here. I actually wonder sometimes if I missed out on a lot of great children's books because I reread The Babysitters Club books so many times.

Dez 12, 2007, 9:07 am

INTJ - Almost never reread, and most of the rereading I've done are books on tape of books I read 10-20 years ago.

Dez 12, 2007, 12:54 pm

INTJ - I hate, hate, hate redundancy, so I will only reread something many years later or if it is so layered that I get something new each time I read it, i.e. Lolita, East of Eden. Or (confession) if it's a Harry Potter book :s

There's also the problem of so many books.... It's not efficient to reread a lot.

Dez 12, 2007, 1:14 pm

I am an ENTP and I don't reread books, but I have thought that I might do that with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (wonky Touchstone).

Dez 12, 2007, 10:07 pm

Wow! I thought there would be a coorelation between personality type and rereaders, but there doesn't seem to be based on this sampling.

Dez 12, 2007, 10:54 pm

ISTJ, I reread lots of books.

Dez 13, 2007, 6:05 am

INFP, I re-read lots of books. I have a poor long-term memory, so even whodunnits are worth a second (or third) read!

Dez 14, 2007, 2:03 pm

INFJ - I do a lot of rereading. Sometimes I'll get a craving for a particular book, and nothing else will do.

Dez 14, 2007, 2:51 pm

Perhaps those of us who enjoy rereading are also the type of people who gravitate towards books that continually reward us with fresh insights each time we revisit them?

Random examples from my library: Little, Big (which I'm currently rereading for the umpteenth time) and virtually everything else by John Crowley, Red Shift by Alan Garner, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, the works of Jane Austen...

Then there are books that I can't imagine reading more than once, ever. For me, most mystery novels fall into this category (although I can happily reread Gaudy Night once every few years).

P.S. Touchstones are not recognizing Jane Austen and Ford Madox Ford today. Why? Why??

Dez 14, 2007, 4:31 pm

I have comfort re-reads, when I'm sick or feeling vulnerable. Often they'll be children's books like Harriet the Spy or Lemony Snicket books. Or Dorothy Sayers mysteries, because I just love Wimsey and never get tired of him.

Dez 14, 2007, 8:36 pm

I'm ISTP; I re-read quite a lot. Some are books that give me new ways of thinking about them with each reading. Others are long, related books that fit into a series. I tend to read them all again when the series is complete. C. J. Cherryh has a couple of series like that. The Morgaine series has gone through a couple of rereads in the last 30 years, and the Fortress series may be due for another reading; it's not finished, but time between books is fairly long, and I might want a refresh for whenever the next one appears. Some day I need to reread George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series; it takes him so long to get each book finished that I probably won't wait until he finishes the series, but I need some time when I have a lot of reading time and nothing else calling out to me.

I also have comfort reading; Georgette Heyer Regency novels tend to come out when I get the flu, and can only stay awake for a couple of hours, and can't really concentrate. These are perfect; amusing, characters that are tweaked versions of standard romance novel characters, but the tweaks make all the difference, little historical touches that add to the story without teaching me a thing, and a language and style that engage and never annoy.

I also dip into childhood books when I want a bit of guaranteed pleasure with no mental demands. I just wander about, looking at my shelves until something leaps out at me.

Dez 14, 2007, 9:50 pm

This is interesting, I would have thought that the re-reading was more of a correlation to type than it seems to be.

I'm always re-reading poetry I like. As for fiction, only the more complicated or beloved stories (Tolkien and Jane Austin come to mind...)

Non-fiction, rarely re-read.

Recently, I've had an interest in myth and am re-reading the Iliad, and a new translation of Beowulf by Seamus Heaney (its incredible!).

Dez 16, 2007, 4:50 am

INFP: All good literature gets better with each rereading.

Editado: Dez 17, 2007, 6:17 pm

INTP: I re-read some books, but not others. I actually tend to re-read non-fiction more than fiction. And, I almost never re-read a book that revolves around a question or mental acrobatics, like Sheri Tepper, Diana Jones, murder mysteries and so on. Once I know the catch there is little reason to re-read.

#17 - I love the Heaney translation! :-)

Dez 17, 2007, 7:41 pm

I have urges to read a book I've read before because I get lost in the world when I read. I find that I'll desire the world or to visit the if I'm taking a little trip to their town to visit. :)

I'm also the type of person who will go and reread just a chapter or two of a favorite book - the chapters I liked the best. It's not that I didn't like the rest of the book, I just had a moment and wanted to visit that little moment in time. :)

Dez 17, 2007, 8:15 pm

#20 - I do that too, revisit just a chapter or two. Something reminds me of it and I have to check into it. I can appreciate your sentiments completely - there are certain parts that I might really like in a book and sometimes I have trouble remembering exactly where they are. I think they are creating a private notes component to LT that will let us make our own notes on each book in our library. I'm thinking this will be a much easier process for me.

Dez 17, 2007, 8:25 pm

It's neat the way we all find different ways to read. I don't think I've ever gone back to just a part of a book for pleasure. Studying a book for whatever reason is different. Whenever I read a really great book I want to go find more like it, but not the same book. Some authors I might reread after enough time has passed that I don't remember everything. I'm considering a reread of Love in the Time of Cholera on that basis. I remember how much I loved it when I read it in high school, many moons ago, but I hardly remember any of the story now.

Dez 18, 2007, 6:32 am

>21 villandry:: I think the "Private comments" section may already exist... I'm not sure though, since I've never gone looking for it.

Dez 19, 2007, 7:10 pm

When I really love a book I'll read it twice within a period of four days or so. My favorite fiction books are reread time and time again, but I have very few books like that, actually I can count them on one hand. I occasionaly will reread a book just because I own it and have for some reason been deprived of my life support, the library. I also reread poetry.

Dez 27, 2007, 11:13 am

INTJ here, I will reread if the book is good enough, but I don't do it too often; too many interesting books I haven't read yet.

Jan 5, 2008, 2:07 pm

INFJ: of course I re-read books I really enjoyed even (indeed, especially) non-fiction if they happen to be about my particular passions, which are history and politics. I do, after all, like finding 'causes'. But I will happily re-read fiction if well written and/or interesting.

Jan 5, 2008, 3:34 pm

INFP: When I was young and my time on earth was infinite, I would often reread favorite books, but, now that I'm old(er), I seldom reread anything, or maybe like annabethblue and others have done, just go back to favorite bits of a favorite book. I do plan to reread a couple of things I first listened to on audiobook, but that's only because I've heard that the written books have things in them that couldn't be translated onto the audio version (i.e., The Book Thief and Curious Incident).

Jan 9, 2008, 11:41 pm

I'll re-read some books, but there are so many books to read that most of the time I'll be on to something new and different...

Mar 12, 2008, 1:16 pm

INTJ - re-read books a lot. 2008 is the 888 challenge so won't have too much time to re-read this year. I re-read for comfort, or because I'm "into" an author, or I remember how much I've forgotten about a book and want to remember. The last book I re-read was a Georgette Heyer romance that I hadn't read in 25 years.

Editado: Abr 8, 2009, 1:39 pm

Well, it's been awhile since anyone has bothered to post something here so I'll get the ball rolling again. I'm an ENFP and I too love to Re-read books again and again. Including myself I came up with some results of what different MBTI Types are listed here and how many to each group and also the number of people who like to Re-read vs. the number of people who don't Re-read and the numbers came out like this:

Re-reads Books-20
Doesn't Re-read Books-7 including mpramanik's husband.

INTP-2 (including mpramanik's husband)

Of course there are way more Introverts than Extroverts in this sampling of people who have already listed their MBTI Types. And the final tally reads like this:


There is an 10 to 1 Ratio of Introverts to Extroverts from here. I guess that doesn't really suprise me since most of my Co-Workers in the Library are Introverts and I'm one of only 2 Extroverts on the Library Staff. Of course there are times when I'm also very Introverted myself like reading books, playing my video games, watching TV and DVD's, writing in a Journal or Diary. It's almost a 3 to 1 Ratio of people who Re-read Books vs. people who Don't Re-read Books.


Abr 8, 2009, 4:59 pm

INTJ and I reread my favorites lots! That's why I have such a good-sized library--so favorites are at hand to pick up and get lost in.

Abr 9, 2009, 7:03 am

I'll update the stats here to include you too ronincats and will try to keep them updated as much as I possibly can.



Re-reads Books-21
Doesn't Re-read Books-7

The number of people who Re-read Books are tied with the number of Introverts here and only one of the two Extroverts here Re-reads Books.


Abr 9, 2009, 10:54 am

INTJ - re read too!

Myers Briggs theory would say that INTJs de-stress by doing child-like sensing activities (housework, watching familiar tv programmes, reading familiar books), so the INTJ response doesn't surprise me.

Editado: Abr 9, 2009, 11:51 am

Here's the latest update:



Re-reads Books-22
Doesn't Re-read Books-7

I believe that the ENFP's is the group that actually has the smallest percentage to it according to the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator book I still have from the time I took it with all of my Co-workers from the Library back in '95 or '96. And I've tested myself three different times since then on some of the Internet Sites where you can take the test and find out what you MBTI type actually is and everytime I took it the result is always the same result, ENFP.