Do You Reread Books?
I am an AVID rereader. Probably 50% of what I read each year are rereads. (Okay, that’s not true, I pulled that fact out of thin air. Don’t check my Goodreads shelves for proof, because it DOESN’T EXIST.) BUT ANYWAY. I DO reread A LOT of books.
Why, Ava, you might ask, why do you reread so many books? You do know you have a never-ending TBR and thousands of books releasing and ARCs to read, right? Then why are you reading books you’ve already read?
I DON’T KNOW, okay. Rereading is FUN. I know what to expect, and I know that I’ll love the book, and I know that it’s amazing.
One reason I might reread a book is if its sequel is coming out. Since I have the memory of a goldfish, I forget everything.
Example: I’ll read a book. I’ll like it, and look up when the sequel releases. Oh, it comes out a year later? No big deal. But by the time that sequel comes out/is about to come out, I will have forgotten everything that happened in the previous books.
What is this character’s name again? What happened at the end? Where even is this set?
I will not remember a single thing. If I’m lucky, I’ll remember the names of the characters. (But usually, I don’t.)
So, I’ll reread the book (or books) prior to it so everything is fresh in my mind when I read the sequel.
I know exactly what and who everything is, and nothing is confusing.
Maybe I won’t like it as much as the first one, and I won’t want to read the sequel, and I’ll NEVER END UP READING THE SEQUEL.
And if there is more than two books in the series that I need to reread, that takes time! Precious reading time that could be spent on books I haven’t read yet.
I also reread books that are my favorites.
Harry Potter? I’ve read those books dozens of times. They never get old. My copies are a mess, but you know what? I don’t care. It shows that they’re loved.
I just reread Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (one of my favorite books ever, GO READ IT) and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it. I reread it because I wanted to read it again, but I also reread it so I could write a review on it! I first read Simon before I wrote reviews, and I wanted everything to be fresh in my mind before I wrote my review, so I decided to reread it.
I just love reading those books that I adored so much, and seeing why I loved them. It’s so much fun.
But to write a review is also a reason why I might reread a book. Is this bad? No. I mean, it kind of is, just a little. I’m not reading it for me, I’m reading it for you. (Well, the you that read my reviews, anyway.) So I try not to this that often, or if I want to because of this reason, I’ll make sure that I want to reread it for more reasons than just that.
Do you reread books? Which ones qualify? (ie, do you reread favorite books?)