Back to the Favourites Re-Read-A-Thon – Why re-read – #BackToTheFavs

April 10, 2014 Blog Tour 20

Back to the Favourites Re-Read-A-Thon - Why re-read - #BackToTheFavs

I have a question!  If you are reading this book blog then I assume reading is important to you.  But how important is re-reading?  Do you make it a priority in your life?  Have you favourite books that you pull out and read over and over?  And why or why not?

How I feel about re-reading:

I love it.  And I neglect it.  In the past, I devoured books over and over and never got tired of them.  I have books that are so well thumbed that they are on the verge of falling apart.  Broken spines, creased pages, dog ears; to some this might be a sign of bookish criminal activity but for me it’s a sign of a well loved book.

If you never re-read, then why?

You listen to your favourite song more than once.  You go to your favourite restaurant more than once.  You watch your favourite films more than once.  So why only re-read a book once.

Re-reading to me is like spending time with old friends.  They are familiar and I know what they are going to do.  Which isn’t boring for me, it’s comforting.

On re-reads, I always discover something new.  A new theme, a link I hadn’t seen before.  Even reading a book knowing ending makes it a new experience as you pick up on hints and clues that you might have missed on a first read.

It can become a ritual.  I have a habit of re-reading books when I’m sick.  I think I need the extra comfort of a good book at those times and I know these will deliver.  Most people when they get the sniffles, head to the medicine cupboard, I just head to bookshelf.

There are no unexpected surprises.  You know which books are the happy ones, the sad ones, the scary ones and you can pick one that’s just right for your mood.

So I re-read all the time then, right!  Wrong.

Just like video killed the radio star; blogging killed the woman who re-reads.  But I’m fighting back.  I’m ignoring all those books that could be great in favour of some books that I know are great.

I’m stopping and smelling the roses.  Or you know stopping and re-reading for a few days anyway.

 

Bookish Chat : Do you re-read?  How often and why?  Or why don’t you re-read.  I’d love to know.

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20 Responses to “Back to the Favourites Re-Read-A-Thon – Why re-read – #BackToTheFavs”

  1. Charleen

    For me, it started long before blogging. Part of it was the TBR explosion I talked about in my post. And part of it is that I did get burned out on re-reading… because I wasn’t re-reading favorites, I was just re-reading what I had… because, well, that’s what I had.

    But most of those books have long since been donated to the library, and I’ve bought shiny new books for re-reading, all of which are 4- or 5-star quality.

    I have the books. I have the time. If only I’d stop bringing home a new stack from the library every week.
    Charleen recently posted…Back to the Favorites

    • trish

      Those pesky new books shouting ‘read me, read me’ get in my way too! But I don’t want to be that reader that never returns to books I love. I wasn’t in the past and I don’t want blogging to change that about me. I’m always so envious of your library whenever you talk about it, it sounds like they have a fantastic selection.

      • Charleen

        They really do. I love my library. I would be so lost if I moved to an area without a good one.

        And I totally get what you mean about not wanting blogging to change you. It’s hard to balance what was already working for you with the new opportunities and temptations that blogging brings with it.
        Charleen recently posted…Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #17

    • trish

      I get that too! My tbr list is a monster and grows daily But I love spending time with my favourites to 🙂

  2. Roberta R.

    “I’m ignoring all those books that could be great in favour of some books that I know are great.”
    Very well said!
    I reread all the time. Partly, I’ll admit, is because I can’t afford as many new books as I’d like. But I would reread no matter why. Where’s the fun in one-night-standing a book? Where’s the love?
    Roberta R. recently posted…LGBT Month Think-Piece: What does the genre need?

    • trish

      I think most people will do that with movies, so I don’t know why people (especially non bookish people) think it’s odd that we like to re-read. Knowing the story isn’t always the point, it’s the journey as you read or watch the movie and the connections you feel to the characters, are what make it fun.

    • trish

      I do the skimming thing sometimes if I’m starting a new book in a series. I have the worst book memory which is maybe part of why I enjoy re-reading!

  3. Erica @ The Reading Kitten

    I almost never re-read, but I would like to do it more often. I’ve even made it one of my reading goals for this year, haha. I think I don’t do it because I feel so much pressure to read all the hyped-up books out there, which is making my TBR list way too large to keep up.
    Erica @ The Reading Kitten recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #10

    • trish

      I know, I KNOW! That’s me all over. I have so many review books, series to finish, books lying around that I haven’t read that finding the time to re-read is hard. I really want to make it more of a priority though as I really do love it.

  4. Lark

    I love rereading favorite books. Like you said, some books are like old friends that I can’t just abandon. Last year, I listed 10 books that I wanted to reread…and that actually helped me work them in around all the new books I have on a list to read. Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed by new books, library books, etc., and that’s why I neglect my favorite books. But I think you’re right. It’s important to reread. Sometimes books have more to offer the second time around.
    Lark recently posted…Bookish Medicine…

    • trish

      Listing them out is a good way to go. I might try that this year as I do want to make the effort for those I love. I think you have a different perspective on a re-read and it can make the book feel fresh no matter how many times you’ve read it.

  5. CeCe

    Why don’t I re-read? Because I don’t have time. My TBR is so long and I have so many new books I want to experience that no matter how much I know I would enjoy re-reading an old favorite, I can’t justify re-reading it over reading something entirely new.

    I re-read TFIOS, The Lover’s Dictionary, and Eleanor & Park in bits and pieces all the time because they have so many heart stoppingly good quotes. I also re-read books before the movie comes out to refresh my memory, but that is all I generally allow myself.
    CeCe recently posted…Book Review – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

  6. Annie

    yes! I reread for the exact same reasons – because I love revisiting old friends and old emotions. I love the comfort of knowing what to expect. When I’m in the mood for some adventure or some romance or some tears I know the books that will deliver. I love hearing the words all over again because I love well written books. And I love that I find something new each time – a nuance or a theme like you mentioned. It’s both comforting and fascinating.

    I used to reread books over and over but since I moved and have an amazing library there’s always flashy new books to ask for my attention. So I don’t reread as much as I used to. But a part of me wishes I did more 🙂
    Annie recently posted…a reversal on reviews

    • trish

      Well a new library crammed with great books is a good complaint! Lucky you 🙂 The best thing about favourite books is that they are always there waiting for you whenever you need them. And it’s so true that every re-read throws up something new, I just love that.

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