In this week’s episode, we ask what goes into making a book re-readable, discuss examples we’ve re-read, and what we can learn from the re-readable story.

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Should all authors aspire to write a re-readable book? Does it have to be re-readable in order to be enjoyable? What can we learn from books we have re-read? We talk about reasons we re-read books, get deep into a food analogy, and leave you with a large list of our favorites we hope you enjoy!

What we talked about:

Do we aspire to writing re-readable books? Have we written anything re-readable? (2:18)

Does a book have to be re-readable in order to be an enjoyable book? What is the difference? (3:35)

What makes a book re-readable? Why would we re-read a book? (5:32)

Do you re-read for craft? (9:25)

What about people who don’t re-read books? (12:18)

What about people who re-read books over and over and over again? (15:48)

Author beware! Re-reading in order to get back into the series. (17:07)

A sample of books have we re-read? (18:29)

No reader is created equal! (28:30)

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Things we mentioned:

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner
Mercedes Lackey 
Jacqueline Carey
Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
The Magicians Series by Raymond Feist
Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
The Foundation series by Isaac Assimov
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Self Editing for Fiction Authors by Renni Browne and Dave King
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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