9 Reasons Why I Love To Reread Books
If you know me as a reader at all, you know: I LOVE REREADING.
Seriously. Love, love, love.
I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago (shoutout to you Erika), and found out that she does not like rereading. In fact, she barely does it at all. And it got me thinking about WHY I love rereading so much.
Here are nine reasons I might decide to reread a book:
#1) It’s a favorite.
I reread my all-time favorite books ALL THE FREAKING TIME.
Read too many times to count. My original copy is battered and torn, but I love it.
#2) The sequel is releasing soon.
This is another of the main reasons I’ll reread a book. A lot of the time, I’ll read a book close to when it releases, and then by the time the sequel comes out (often a whole year or more later), I’ll have forgotten EVERYTHING that happened in the previous book.
#3) I want to see if my feelings have changed.
This is by far the least common reason I would end up rereading a book. You might be thinking, Well duh, Ava, if you didn’t like a book, why reread it? And I know! It sounds strange. Especially if I didn’t enjoy the book in question.
BUT. I DO IT ANYWAY. DON’T JUDGE ME.*runs away*
As I talked about in this post, I like rereading books, but some of the time I have to lower my rating of it because my feelings and/or reading tastes have changed. But sometimes, it works the opposite way, and because of my new reading tastes, I actually raise the rating!
I’m not sure if I’m the only one who does this. Maybe I am!
#4) The movie adaptation is coming out.
While not a TON of books have movie adaptations, some do, and I know that for books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, I reread the book before seeing the movie. I like to compare the two, and how can I do that if I don’t remember it?
(Although sometimes, comparing books to movies just serves to irritate me with how different they are. Grrrrrrr.)
#5) To get out of a reading slump.
Forever ago, I did a post on reading slumps, and one of my main tips on how to get out of one is to reread a favorite (coincidentally, that’s tip #1 here!). It really helps me on my way to getting out of a reading slump, and so whenever I feel one approaching, I’ll jump to reread a favorite.
(Especially fluffy contemporaries. They are my savior when it comes to slumps.)
#6) To make me happy.
This goes along with #1, but I included it because it’s SLIGHTLY different. Rereading happy, fluffy contemporaries that I remember enjoying makes me happy. Whenever I’m feeling sad, I can pull out a book like Simon Vs and it’ll be a HUGE pick-me-up.
#7) I miss the characters or world.
Rereading is FUN. I get to experience more adventures with Celaena and her crew, or visit Hogwarts again and again, or discover Cabeswater for the ten-millionth time. When I’m not rereading these loved books, I miss the characters and world and stories!
Yes, it’s a book-lover thing. But since you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing that you love books as much as I do, so YOU FEEL ME. Right?
#8) To review it.
I JUST starting reviewing books this past year on Goodreads and my blog, so the books I read before that? I have no clue what I thought of them OR I have no clue WHY I felt the way I remember feeling about them. I’ll reread so that I can write a review on it.
#9) To pick up on things I may have missed.
When I reread books, I see things that I had missed the first time and it is so interesting. I pick up on small details I didn’t see the previous time around because I read too fast or focused on other things, increasing my enjoyment of it.
Whatever the reason, I reread so many books per year (and sadly, they don’t count for my Goodreads goal!) I just. can’t. stop.
What about you? Do you enjoy rereading books? Why or why not? What makes you decide to reread a book? Are any of my reasons the same as yours?
Thanks for reading!