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I know that I have stack upon stack of books to read. And now that I finally organized my ARCs (I’m actually good ‘til November. It’s embarrassing to know that I have that plenty of books to read and eventually need to review) it makes rereading seemingly impossible. But not on me, no. I still make time to reread books. But why, you ask? I already read ‘em; I’m just taking away my time that I should devote on my TBR pile. But for me there’s something about revisiting an old story, one that I know very well that make it appealing to me to read—again.

my-rr-piles

my actual ‘reread’ pile, me & my chicky bookmarks are ready.

Rereading makes ‘book slump’ at bay. If I read a very horrible or boring book, I always go to my favorites and reread even just my favorite parts to help reboot my enthusiasm for reading. My favorite books and my favorite moments in it remind me why I love reading. And knowing that makes me want to try new books again so I can have another book to my roster of favorites.

It is also by rereading a book makes me understand a character deeper because there were time that I might have not noticed those little details between the lines. I wasn’t that madly in love when I read Shatter Me the first time (shocking right? Considering how much I loved it now.). It took the second time for me to warm up on Juliette.

Sometimes, there’s something that will click internally making me realize about the story or characters now that I have read it twice. It is like getting more intimate with these aspects. There are just some things that I wouldn’t realize if I have not read it the second time. Making me more familiar with it that somehow makes me think of it differently.

Maybe I should do that the first time so I won’t be wasting time rereading, right? No, for me reacquainting myself with the story and the characters through rereading is still very productive. It’s not just noticing those missed parts (which were never really the main motivation when I reread) but ultimately remembering and reliving my favorite parts is the best thing about rereading. The familiarity makes it so comfortable to me because I knew that I love it and I enjoy it—over and over again.

There is just something about rereading that is really engaging like the first time I read the book. I always enjoy rereading my favorite books, particularly if I haven’t read it in a while. And even though I know what to expect and know what will happen, it still manages to elicit the same emotions out of me—sometimes more. So yes, rereading is something fun, it’s not counterproductive and never pointless. If it’s good, it deserves a second, third, fourth—nth glance.

2014 / 05 / 08

22 Responses to Special: In Which I Discuss the Art of Rereading

  1. Alysia says:

    I do the exact same thing, haha. Almost everyone I know doesn’t understand the concept of rereading but some of the books I enjoy most are ones I can relive as many times as I want.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s one of the biggest reasons why I reread: reliving my favorite parts. It’s always give me this huge satisfaction at the same time reminds me how fun & awesome reading is. Thank you, Alysia!

  2. Rebecca Baker says:

    I’m the same, I read a book once and I have a very ‘meh’ opinion about it, then the story pops into my head randomly one day and I think to myself how much I want to read that story again. For whatever reason I appreciate some stories more the second time around. I like to go back and re-read every so often, as you say, it keeps reading slumps at bay.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That happened to me, too. Like I didn’t like it that much but when I reread it again, I realized it was better than the first time. Sometimes my mood affected that way I received the story so when I picked it up again in different mood this time, I ended up liking it. Thank you Rebecca. :D

  3. I reread a select amount of books, but only every few years or at least a year in between. I like to forgot the minor details a bit so it feels fresh and I am discovering at least something new again. I have picked up books to read certain sections though, there’s always some scenes that are pick me ups like you said!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, there something more profound in reading a book twice. And it’s really interesting to read your favorite parts. Like ‘I’m really happy that happened’ sort of feeling, haha. Thanks!

  4. Nikki @ The Paper Sea says:

    I love rereading! I try to leave a year between reads so that it’s almost like a new read and I get to fall in love all over again. Old favourites are perfect when you’re in a reading slump. Without fail, they’ve always pulled me out of one! Non-rereaders don’t know what they’re missing! ;)

  5. AnahSpiers says:

    I love rereading too! There’s just something awesome about getting lost in your favorite book again and again. And you discover things you missed the first time that make the book more enjoyable.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, I think in my experience, it somehow level up the emotional capacity of the book. Because I get to know the story & characters deeper this time. That’s always the case.

  6. I think rereading is my life. Same with you in here. Rereading my favorite books just keeps me from having a book slump. “If it’s good, it deserves a second, third, fourth—nth glance.” THIS. YES.

    I think I reread more than actually read my TBR for the past two months already hahaha. I don’t know, it’s really comforting and at the same time more emotional the second time around =))

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It does, doesn’t it? It’s comforting in a way that you know how awesome it’ll be; and know that it’ll meet your expectations. Thanks Abby!

  7. I would never think about re-reading as wasting time! I think you should read books that you enjoy, so whether they are new books or books you’ve read before, that shouldn’t matter :) I love re-reading myself and I don’t mind returning to my beloved worlds and characters.

    The fact I want to re-read a book shows me what a good story it is.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Me neither, but some think it’s sorta of pointless since you had already read it and know what will happen. But I agree with you,if a book warrant a ‘reread’ it only means that it’s really that good.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I am a chronic rereader – any time I’m stressed I tend to binge reread books (Which could account for the fact that I’ve already read as many books as I did last month and half of them are rereads haha)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m so glad to know that. I think chronic rereader, TOO (well, not entire book but more on my fave scenes until I had memorized, LMAO!) Ditto!!! XD

  9. Shannelle C. says:

    Okay, wow, I want to borrow your Ink and Crown of Midnight. Very random of me.

    And I don’t really reread, but I might with Anna and Lola. There’s a lot of borrowed books I have to clear out of my bookshelves or anywhere else I pile books on so my room won’t look like such a mess of books before rereading.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      After I’m done and if you live near me, perhaps. ;) I love rereading sometimes I ended up rereading a bunch of books than read the ones in my actual tbr pile. xD

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  11. Ah, you wrote my thoughts on re-reading perfectly, Mitchii! ^.^
    I love re-reading books that i love because I swear I found something new to admire every time I do. I get to reacquaint myself with my beloved characters, and I get to fall in love with the story all over again.
    I don’t mind that I know how it all turns out – in some ways that makes it more exciting because you know how it ends for a character and you know they don’t need to stress because it turns out happily for them (hopefully!).
    I haven’t re-read anything in quite a while, and I really want to get back to it! I love reading the books I truly love because it brings back all the originals feels, and some new ones, too! :D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Isn’t it? It what makes re-reading so much fun! And yes, the original feels, sometimes that feelings amplify & then new ones emerge. It’s why I love re-reading.

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