I'm not much of a rereader... I feel like there are too many books I want to read but already struggle to get to, and I worry I'll miss out on all them even more if I go back to books I've already read! That said, we had some brilliant comments on our BookTube video about rereading which made me think that maybe there are some big upsides to rereading that I hadn't considered. Do you guys reread? Why/why not?
(You can check out our latest blog post on it, here: https://bookaxe.com/blog/should-we-reread)
I don’t reread many books either, like you said there are just so many other books I want to get to. I am rereading Narnia at the minute though, being the only books I ever liked before I was a reader and am loving it just like before. I’ve reread Harry Potter twice too. When I first read Harry Potter was when I became a reader and I reread the entire series as soon as I finished it, which is probably the quickest I’ve ever read, and I may never have ventured into other books if I hadn’t reread it.
But now if I reread it tends to be like another book that I read a lot slower while I’ve got a new book on the go too.
I completely agree on the better to reread than not at all idea from the video, like I said, I may not like reading today if I didn’t reread Harry Potter.
I definitely reread favorites ^^ Rereading one right now! It's like...seeing an old friend?
I only reread my favourites ^-^ Have to agree with Julia it is like seeing a loved old friend!
@Amy - yes! Rereading can be a gateway to falling in love with books, and I'm 100% here for that, even if it's not for me.
@Naomi and @Julia I love the idea of books as old friends! Lots of people across our social media channels have used the same phrases as you, so you're in great company. Happy (re)reading!
I find myself rereading books I loved more often. Being a senior person I look at things in a different perspective than when I was young. What to do with my days is more like what to do with the time I have left. Most of the books today are not very good. Maybe I'm being a bit nostalgic but so be it. Many of the older books were written before mass media where computer generated movies replaced a good imagination needed in a book. I see world building in the earlier fantasy collections vividly in my mind while reading like in Dune or The Martain Chronicles or the epic Lord of the Rings. Going back and rereading some of the classic or epic books is not a waste of time for me in fact I learn new things I didn't see in earlier reads. Oh well. Read-on.
Hi Bill, that's really interesting to hear. I totally agree that your respond to books differently at different times in your life and that's a big plus of rereading. There's nothing wrong with a dose of nostalgia, either! I think there are some great books being written at the moment that will stand the test of time, although of course there's the more transient literature too. The challenge is finding the ones you'll connnect with. Good luck!
I love rereading my favourites! It's so comforting when I'm tired or down etc and it's fun to spot things I didn't see before. :)
Funnily enough, I recently re-read some books I considered one of my all-time favorite series and it was one of the most confusing experiences I've ever had whilst reading, because I hated most of what happened in the series as a whole, I questioned why I didn't see how bad it was before with all these flaws that are so pointedly obvious.
Yet, at the same time, I felt this great nostalgic feeling in my chest as I got to revisit characters I loved, and got to point out scenes that made me love the series in the first place. However, I couldn't just forget about those other parts that really harmed my enjoyment and tainted my view of the story as a whole.
I also re-read a novel where I really disliked a certain arc in the story because it really didn't make sense to me at the time, however, after re-reading it I gained a stronger admiration for it going in the direction it went in and was able to appreciate the story from that point on a lot more. It's one of my favorite books now.
For me, re-reading can really make or break how I view a story and I think everyone should do it, with books they both loved and hated.
Sorry for the long post, I'm pretty passionate on the subject!
@Ann, that's so interesting! I think I'm a little afraid of rereading my favourite books for exactly that reason - that I don't want to be disappointed by them, because they had such a profound effect on me when I read them first. It's good to hear that you can reread, be kind of disappointed by the plot etc, but still get some those warm feelings. I suppose it's just recognising we've changed as people. We don't have to like the same things we did ten years ago to appreciate how they made us feel at the time. It's admirable that you had a stab at rereading a book you had struggled with too. I'm really glad to hear the effort paid off and you found you loved it! Sometimes we love stuff all the more for thay feeling of having earned it, right!?