Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thoughts on Rereading

One of my good friends does an annual rereading of her favorites — namely, the Harry Potter series. I mean, I've read my fair share of Harry Potter. But as far as rereading books go? I don't do it very often. Or ever, really.

The thing is, I just have so many other books to get to. I mean, have you seen my TBR shelf? It's overflowing. Literally. Like, I cannot contain the amount of books I still have to read.



And I do like reading new books. I don't feel like it's out of some sense of obligation that I read the books on my TBR. I genuinely want to get to them. I've just never been much of a rereader as far as my old favorites go. But there have been some books I have recently missed and wanted to revisit.

I haven't picked up my copies of Mediator in a long time, and I'm really wanting to reignite my love for Jesse deSilva. I have the old paperback copies of these, and my friends and I passed them around to read, so they're full of little penciled in notes to each other and little heart doodles next to certain passages and underlinings of great passages. I love them so much because they are worn and beat up and have so many great memories, but I also love them because they were some of my favorite books to read.

Another one I want to pick up again is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It's one of my favorites, and I've only read it once. It's a haunting mystery story-within-a-story puzzle. And there's so much going on in it, and I was shocked by the beauty and surprise at the end, and I want to reread because I feel like it will give me a whole new perspective on the story from the beginning and I may notice things I hadn't before.

My big question is do you take the time to revisit favorites? Or are you like me and just read them once? Should I try rereading? I'm nervous I'm not going to like them as much as I remembered.

7 comments:

  1. I rarely re-read books because I have so many that I still have to read! I don't think I have as overflowing shelf as you do but it's pretty crazy lol I might look over the book when I continue the series and its been awhile or if I really really really like the book

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    1. Right? I normally read some spoilery reviews on goodreads if I need to refresh a book before a sequel comes out, so that helps me catch up.

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  2. I do also have the issue of having 300+ books on my TBR list and I want to get to those, but I thoroughly enjoy re-reading certain books, like Harry Potter. I've read them all several times. The Giver and The Westing Game are two standalones I've read several times.

    Certain books just sat with me differently than others and after a few years, I want to re-read them all over again. My memory is bad enough that I nearly forget everything so it's *almost* like reading for the first time! ;)

    I plan to re-read the first 5 Mortal Instrument books at the end of the month to refresh in time for the 6th one to release and I plan to reread the whole Harry Potter series again at the end of the year since I haven't read them since the 7th book was released!!

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    1. The Giver is one I want to re-read pretty badly, but I don't own it and always seem to forget every time I'm at the library.

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  3. I used to reread books all the time, before blogging. But now, there's always a new release I want to get to!

    I am going to reread Mind Games before I start Perfect Lies though, both because I've heard a reread is almost necessary and because it's a relatively short read (and I need a reread for my Bingo challenge!) Haha

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    1. I haven't read either of those, but they're on my list for sure! And Bingo challenge? I've never heard of that! (runs immediately to google…)

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  4. I have certain comfort reads that I turn to pretty often - but with those, sometimes I just flip through to my favorite scenes. As for Harry Potter and big series like that - I do reread them, but definitely not every year!

    I probably reread 15ish books a year, I wanna say? Just kinda depends what mood I'm in, or maybe if a new book in a series I love is being released and I want to read the previous books again.

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