Making a Book Worth Re-reading

Posted Nov 6 2012, 12:49 pm in , , , , , ,

It’s that time of year again — NANOWRIMO, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never participated in NANO mostly because I feel like I’d be setting myself up for failure. When doing NANO, you’re supposed to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For me, that’s a little over half a book. Is it possible for me to do that? Sure. But the pressure of  ‘I need to meet this goal’ is overwhelming for me. Instead, I have a goal to finish my current WIP by the end of the year. I’m about 15,000 words in. That means I have about 75,000 words to go. Don’t explain the math to me. I know what it is, but I like to lie to myself.

Dante JT Shepherd from is back with ways to ensure a book is re-read. When I came across this, I found it interesting because I think we all want our books to be keepers.


Most of these don’t apply to romance–at the end, HEA is expected and without it, I wouldn’t have a romance; if it’s incomprehensible, it will probably meet a wall. I think everyone shoots for amazing, but it’s up to readers to decide if we’ve achieved that goal. I do have soundtracks for my newer, uncontracted books. I’ve never thought about listing them anywhere but my web site, though.

What makes a book a keeper/re-read for you?



2 responses to “Making a Book Worth Re-reading”

  1. koj says:

    For me it’s pretty much the opposite of the reasons that guy lists. If a book is impenetrable it’s more likely to have me chucking it at the wall unless I have a compelling reason to read it. The books that *I* re-read are all ‘comfort-reads’. Pratchett, DNA, Gaiman, J.A. Krentz, La Roberts, W. the Pooh, etc.