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Do you even consider the rereading value of a book?

Do you even consider the re-reading value of a book?

When I give ratings I rarely consider the re-reading value of the book. I weigh a lot of things, but maybe half of the reason (or perhaps more than that) is always about its enjoyability. Did I enjoy the book? Did I have fun reading it? Were the characters relatable/enjoyable? You know, those usual stuff. But I never thought of adding the re-reading value to my factors when it comes to assessing (at least deliberately). In fact, I have books that I gave high ratings, yet never had touched those books again. :cry:

So when this realization sunk in, it truly bothered me. I’ve always thought that if I gave high ratings it means I have chances of reading it again. I am a notorious re-reader, be it manga or books. I love relishing my favorite stories again and again. But it turns out this always isn’t the case. Like for example, I loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was enjoyable and even thought was really genius. But I have zero inkling of picking it up again. I still remember the story (which was quite surprising since I read it as an ARC few months from publication date) but even though I had positive opinions about it and can attest how great a story it was, I would not read it again. Why? I don’t know, but maybe there are just books that it’s not worth revisiting even if I thought it was a great book. “Once is enough” sort of books, me thinks.

It is not the only thing that puzzles me though. If there are amazing books that I don’t find myself re-reading; there are also mediocre books that made me reread them again. No, really, it’s true. This is the case of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I didn’t love it. I can enumerate the flaws of the books. The characters, especially the female MC frustrated me to hell and back and yet I have reread it. Am I just in denial that maybe I actually liked it? No, no, no—I’m sure I didn’t like it (although I didn’t hate either).

I have very small space in our house to fill in books so I make sure that only favorites or I know will reread again deserve to be displayed. But it never dawned on me how big re-reading value of a book until now. I mean, it does when I’m purchasing copies, I guess, (so thank goodness for digital ARCs) but in the ratings, maybe sometimes it occurs to me, but like I mentioned earlier not a big thing to consider (‘til now).

If I think the re-reading value is somewhat high (re-reading it has higher chance), then maybe I should rate it a tad higher. What do you think?

Now, your turn! Do you even consider the re-reading value of a book? Do you have books that you think was great but think not worth re-reading? How about those run-of-the-mill types yet you re-read? Care to share it with me. :lol:

2015 / 09 / 22

8 Responses to Considering the re-reading value.

  1. lissa says:

    I’ll only reread books that I love and like but if I didn’t like it the first time, I would never reread it.

    but I also think it’s all subjective – when you read a book at a certain age, you might find it great but if reading it again a few years later, you might find it just okay. but certainly, there are books I will keep rereading and keep loving because I truly love them.

    that’s my 2 cents, have a lovely day.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, sometimes there are books that blew you away the first time, then after few years your opinion of it changed. Amazing how our taste changed after some time. ;D Thank you, Lissa. <3

  2. Shannelle says:

    I truly only reread as a child, just rereading the same things over and over again because they were the only books I owned. But I think what really comes to mind right now is Shadow and Bone. I read it and was blown away by the fantasy of it all, but after rereading it, I didn’t really love it anymore. And I also don’t think suspense and mystery books are as good the second time around. Those aren’t really worth rereading.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, I get that suspense/thriller books, it takes away the shock factor since you already know about it. But it does kinda weird to know you liked/loved the book yet you don’t want to read it again. ;D

  3. Kezia says:

    I never consider re-reading value when I rate a book. For me, a rating is something that reflects my experience with the book so I don’t think I should include something that is only a possible future (?) And I never re-read books anymore since I don’t have much time haha ? I do have a favorite contemporary which chapters I re-read in my spare time but I guess it all really depends on my mood …

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That was the case for me, too. My rating reflected my reading experience & only at that time. But I don’t know, I feel like giving the rereading value some thought when rating now. It’s kinda special don’t you think, if I thought the book warranted a reread from me.

      Aw, you’re so busy Kezia! *hugs* I hope your schedule eases up a bit so you can catch up on either w/ friends or your indoor activities. ;D

  4. First, I feel like I haven’t been to your blog in AGES *hug* I blame uni, because I haven’t really been to anyone’s blog lately, really. But I hope to rectify that :D

    As for the post:

    I have never included the re-reading value of a book in a rating before! It’s an interesting thought, though. But I think I more rate on what the book gave me at that time, rather than what I think it will give to me in the future, if that makes sense.

    And I definitely understand your feelings about having books you have read and loved, but have no desire to re-read, but other mediocre books that you have re-read. I feel the same way! A lot of the books I have loved and read when blogging, I know I will probably never re-read them again. I feel like I got all I could from the first read-through.

    Back when I did a lot more re-reading, there was a book I read ALL THE TIME, and it was not the best book in the world. It was a high school romance novel, but it was something I enjoyed no matter how many times I re-read it.

    Re-reading is a funny thing that way! Recently, I have been thinking of re-reading the Throne of Glass books, which I had never thought to do before, because I really loved QUEEN OF SHADOWS, and I really do think I would get something new from re-reading the series (especially the first one, since I didn’t like it at all the first time I read it!).

    This was a great discussion topic, Mitchii! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh yes, I agree! There are books that you already got the entire experience just by reading it only once. I think those books I reread were ones that I had conflicting feelings with, hence rereading it.

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