What a weird title.
I was thinking about the prefix "re" as an idea that creates favorites.
My favorite songs and albums are ones that I can, will, and do listen to over and over again. They are re-listenable. In some cases there are albums and songs that I have listened to countless times for decades.
There are variations. I can hear a song on the radio, really like it, buy a copy and it doesn't hold up to repeated listens. The opposite is true also, I can hear a song, feel pretty meh about it, and upon repeated exposure it will grow on me. All I know is that I've stayed in the car, sitting in the parking lot, until "Lola" finishes. Hell, I've played the same album over and over again for hours, if not days, on end.
Think about movies. My favorite movies are the ones that hold up to repeated viewings. Not only do they hold up, but in some cases something new can be gleaned from repeated viewings.
I've watched movies, liked them, and have felt no desire to ever see them again. I've also liked movies then have them fall apart upon a re-watch.I've also had unexpected movies grow into favorites.
With movies you also get the "stop everything" movie. You know, you are flipping around the channels and you come across a movie, stop what you are doing, and watch the rest of it, regardless of where it is at in the movie.
TV shows from the last decade or so are even starting to develop a "re" factor.
But, does this apply to books in the same way?
For me the answer is surprisingly no. I can count the number of books I've re-read on, maybe, two hands. A number of the books that I gave re-read I count as my favorites partially because I feel like they have earned their keep by passing the "re" test. But I do not regularly re-read books.
Is it as simple as getting caught up in the cycle of new-ish release reading that the internet and social media seems to engender. Is it because of the sheer volume of new books getting released? Is it something else?
Do you re-read books? if so, why? If not, why? Does "re" apply to books? Should it?