Discussion: Reasons to reread books

Discussion

Hi Munchworms!

As you might know, I’m not really a person who rereads books. Not unless I love them to bits and really do want to reread them at some point. Even then, though, I tend to.. not do that because all my unread books stare at me with these wicked eyes, blaming me for investing time in rereading books and not reading them. So… I pretty much never reread anything?

This year, that’s going to change. I added some rereading goals in my Books & Munches Reading Challenge 2018 and I really want to tick them off by the end of this year!

When I was thinking about that goal, I was also trying to figure out for myself what the reasons are for rereading books. My reasons.
I want to reread the Harry Potter-books and The Raven Cycle, both for completely different reasons.

qsdfkhjgqmskdgLet’s start with The Raven Cycle.
I read them in 2017 after I kept seeing so many people go nuts about them, rave about them, hype them up like crazy. I wanted to know if it was worth all the attention but I… didn’t fall in love with them like so many others did? I shared this in my review of The Raven Boys and later on in a review of the rest of the series.
Suddenly a lot of people agreed with me that I might’ve not been in the right head space. That I should definitely give them a reread one day, when I really, really feel like reading them and see if I think about the books differently.
That, my friends, is the reason I want to reread them this year.

As for Harry Potter? Completely different reason altogether!
I have read the first three books numerous times, the other ones only once or twice and – here it comes – only in Dutch. I seriously never read the English books. Never. Do you know how often I have to look up names of characters? I know the names in Dutch, which are completely different from the English ones. Talking about those books with someone in English is… frustrating to say the least?
So apart from wanting to visit memory lane, indulge myself with some nostalgia… I just really want to read the English versions this time around.

Those are the two reasons that my brain accepts as “valid reasons” to invest my reading time in rereading. I do get that there are way more reasons than the two I mention. So I asked my Twitter-followers and Goodreads-friends for their reasons to reread books. Answers included a comparison between a book and a comfy chair – because yes, sometimes we need something we know we love and relaxes us -, because the next book in a series is about to be released, because it’s a favorite, if you really love certain characters / scenes and can’t say goodbye to those… Someone also mentioned rereading because she hated the book the first time around but is feeling generous and wants to give it another shot. So many, many reasons!

When do you decide to reread a book or series?
Does your brain also think some reasons aren’t “valid”?
Am I the only one feeling guilty for rereading books?

Talk to me!

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53 thoughts on “Discussion: Reasons to reread books

  1. I mostly reread books because it’s the next one in a series. I barely revisit but I want to try to do that to reread my favorites so I can establish they are my favorites. Plus I like to reread when it’s been such a long time since I read it. I feel guilty when I’m rereading a whole series because that takes time but if it’s just one book, I don’t feel as guilty.

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  2. That’s a very cool post especially to me, a non-believer when it comes to rereading! I haven’t reread a book ever, if you don’t count a book for school that I had to read once in eight grade and then in high-school (but it wasn’t really voluntary). I perfectly understand your struggle with reading books in your own language and then looking for the English names, it’s so frustrating. I had this happening to me with Shadow and Bone, the Darkling had been in the book for so long before I put one and one together because the Romanian name was just weird.
    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. Thank you!
      I’d say that book definitely does not count. Rereading only counts when it’s entirely voluntary!
      Oooh, see, that’s another example of why rereading books in another language can be beneficial. I’d be so annoyed with myself for not figuring it out, haha.

      Thank you! ❤

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  3. The only valid reason FOR ME to reread a book is beacuse I loved it so much that I want to experience it again. If I didn’t like a book there’s no way I’m picking it up again. Although I understand people who want to give a book a seconchance that’s not for me

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    1. It’s so fun to read how everyone thinks about rereading! I can totally understand you only rereading books you absolutely loved to pieces.
      Giving second chances to books isn’t really my thing either, but I’m willing to make an exception when it comes to The Raven Cycle – mostly because I know I was in a weird kind of reading funk back then so it’s possible that it might’ve been me and not the books that caused me to “just like” them, haha.

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  4. I reread a book to relive the moments that I have grown to love about the book… so most of them are my childhood favourites like Harry Potter! I also try to reread them in a different format, maybe audiobook, or another language, like you mentioned. I know rereading is not for everyone, so if you’re not into it, don’t force yourself to! 🙂

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    1. Definitely not going to force myself into it! I know that I really have to be in the mood to pick up The Raven Cycle once more, so I’m not doing that until I’m at that point.
      As for HP.. I can’t imagine not being in the mood for those books. Childhood favorite all the way! I’ve started thinking about maybe rereading all Shadowhunter books as well at some point but probably not this year. There simply are waaaay too many.

      As for formats.. I mostly stick to physical books and English ones at that. Audiobooks are sooo not my thing; I can’t concentrate and if I can, I still forget what was said half an hour after.. It’s a pity though since I think it’d be an awesome way to read but not for me unfortunately.

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    2. 100% agree about HP! I am loving rereading to the audiobook right now, it brings me back all the feels in a different way ❤ I do understand why you're not in love with audiobooks though, I just started easing my way into it as well 🙂
      I've never read the Shadowhunter series and I think now it's just too late, but I have considered rereading the entire Famous Five series (there are 21 books!) that I used to adore when I was in elementary school.

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    3. I can totally imagine that! Which is why I’m looking forward to rereading myself so much, haha.
      Audiobooks are simply not for everyone, unfortunately. Yay for you being able to listen to them though!

      Haha, see. We all have those childhood books that we’d love to reread! Although there are some series I’d like to reread but I’m wary of.. Pretty sure my brain is loving them more because of the sentimental value than because they were actually good.. I’d get annoyed by them now if I’d reread them, I think.. Hm.

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  5. I rarely re-read books. I’ve only re-read four books ever. And I don’t really ever have the desire to go back. I actually sometimes feel guilty about this. I know people who re-read books all the time, and I just don’t understand it. I guess I’m secretly afraid that books I read and loved years ago will not be as good the second time around?

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    1. I do believe that fear is valid though. We love different things now; we look at certain subjects / themes differently. Not to mention that we simply grew in more ways than one which makes it easy to outgrow books we used to like. I know I loved the Wicca-books when I was younger but I’m sooo sure I’d have all kinds of issues with them if I’d read them now. Which is exactly why I’m not going to.

      I don’t think you should feel guilty about it though. You read what you want! 😀 [And, bonus, people who rarely reread also discover way more other books?]

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  6. I usually reread books when I don’t want to decide what TBR book to read next. Rather than stress out, I go to something I know. I also reread books that are favorites. For a long time, I would reread “Little Women” at least once a year. It’s like going to visit that friend who has moved away.

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    1. If I can’t decide what to read next, I usually let someone else decide for me, haha. I don’t know; I really rarely reread anything.
      I can imagine that feeling, though I haven’t had it yet. Except for HP, but that’s the eternal exception on pretty much everything.

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  7. Sometimes I just feel the need to pick up an old favorite and reread it. Or if a new book is being released in that series and it’s been a while, I’ll reread the old books to refresh my memory. Though I usually try and make the time/space in my reading life to reread a book or a series throughout the year. Of course, usually it’s always the same few that I pick up again.

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    1. I do have that need as well, once in a while, but I’m always ignoring it since the need isn’t “that big”? And there are so many other books I have yet to read..
      I’m even more likely to look up a recap of previous books than reread entire series. :’)

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  8. I feel SO guilty for re-reading books, while there are so many new books to be read… but sometimes, it also feels good to get back to old favorites, to these old worlds and characters we first fell in love with ❤ I hardly ever re-read books, ever since I started blogging, since there are so many new books I want to get to… but I think I want to try and do that more ❤
    Lovely post! And YAY re-read the raven cycle serieeeeeeeeeees you have to 😛

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    1. Right?! I even heard my TBR threatening me when I got home with my book haul yesterday. The only thing I heard was “You are NOT reading the new books first. You CANNOT DO THAT.” Of course I picked up one of the new ones right after that.. :’)
      But there are definitely way too many new books we all want to get to. Not to mention sometimes we simply want to stay ahead and read those ARC’s..
      Thank you!
      Haha, I know! So many people keep telling me but I’m holding off until I impulsively go “Raven Boys tiiime!” Before that, I’m not picking them up again. I really want to be in the mood to read them.

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    2. I agree, it’s crazy but sometimes we just feel like we have to stay ahead of all the new releases as well, and… that leaves little place to re-read our books haha. 🙂
      YES, well I will be waiting for you to have your raven boys moment haha 🙂

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    3. Bookbloggers = Worms with the need to stay ahead of releases, on top of releases and.. uhm.. [this awesome sentence just failed so hard] past releases? Ugh. Brain = mush.
      Hahaha; I’ll let you know whenever I have the moment but it can take a loooong while still.

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  9. OK my reasons: the next one is being published (like you listed already) and because I adored it! Now since blogging I haven’t had time to reread anything.

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    1. You shouldn’t let blogging hold you back! I’ve seen multiple people go with posts that compare their first “reviews / thoughts” on a book with the second read and those are definitely fun posts to read as well! 🙂

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  10. The books I reread are books that I love and can’t stop thinking about the characters. Sometimes, I reread a favorite book of mine when I’m in a reading slump. That being said, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series over winter break last year. It was satisfying to fall in love with this world again. Also, I didn’t like The Raven Boys and had planned to not continue the series. Somehow, I randomly borrowed the rest of the series from library in audiobook format and ended up enjoying it. I still think the first book is weird though.

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    1. People never believe me but I’ve never had a reading slump?! I’m definitely going to try and reread a favorite whenever it comes to that, though, haha.
      It’s been so long since I read the HP-books. I cannot wait to fall in love with everything and everyone in those books all over again. I’ll be rereading them in June, hopefully and I’m soo looking forward to it.
      Maybe if you’d reread the first book now it wouldn’t feel as weird anymore? I don’t know.. They’re pretty unique when it comes to.. well.. everything..

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    2. I’m jealous you haven’t experienced a slump yet. I think I want to reread the raven boys because I loved the rest of the series. I don’t know what it is about the first book that I struggled with. I think I was mostly confused by the plot.

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  11. I do quite a lot of rereading for a few different reasons. First is comfort in that it’s really nice to revisit a book and characters I know love especially if I’m tired or have lots of uni work to do it’s nice to read a book where I don’t have to concentrate fully but still know what’s going on! I’ve also had really good previous experience with rereading, like the last two books I’ve reread, The Book Thief and Carry On I actually enjoyed more the second time and especially with The Book Thief I felt like I picked up on different aspects of the story the second time, again maybe because I knew the overarching story so was more aware of the smaller details? Great discussion! 🙂

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    1. Ooh, I think you’re the first one mentioning that rereading helps you discover smaller aspects of a story and I can definitely agree with that being a very good reason to reread!
      I have yet to read The Book Thief, but it’s good to know that you notice more things when you give it another read. Going to keep that in mind.

      Thank you!

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  12. I often re-read books for comfort. Also, if another book in the series is being released, I may re-read the current books to refresh my memory.

    When I read The Raven Cycle, I just thought they were simply okay. I didn’t understand the hype at all!

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    1. I usually don’t reread previous books but sometimes do look up a short recap to refresh my memory. I might reread The Dark Artifices though, since those books are HUGE and it’s been a while since I read them..

      I can understand the hype but.. I didn’t feel the need to join in at all. With so many people with very similar tastes to mine hyping and raving about them I just feel like giving them another shot when I’m really, really wanting to read them. And if they’re still “okay” after that, I’m going to accept the fact that they’re just that. Okay. Haha.

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  13. I used to reread books all the time when I was younger, but now I feel like I don’t have the time. I’ve been trying to cut down the number of physical books I own so I recently unhauled a lot of books that I definitely wouldn’t reread, so now I think there’s more chance of a reread catching my eye!

    I have reread Harry Potter, but I’m not sure there is another series I would consider rereading as they take up so much time on the first read! Good luck with your rereading goals this year!

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    1. I so completely understand that! Although I haven’t unhauled any of my books yet. For some reason, the thought alone freaks me out, haha. Maybe I’m a bit too attached to them to be able to do that. 😛 [Although I’ll have to eventually since you can only have so many bookcases before not being able to walk around your home anymore..]

      The ACOTAR-books are definitely ones I’d consider for a reread as well! Maybe Cassandra Clare’s books as well at some point but I’m still not really sure about that one – there are a LOT of Shadowhunter books after all..

      Thank you! ❤

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  14. I reread books usually when a new book comes out in that series, just so I can refresh myself on everything that happened, and also during those rereads I usually read something that I missed the first time around because I was reading too fast.
    I also reread books for a comfort read, something I know that I will like no matter what. This comes in handy especially when I am in a rut with reading!

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    1. I never reread books when a sequel is coming out! Although I do feel like I’m going to do that when Queen of Air and Darkness will be released since it’s been a while since I read the first one. Maybe. I’ll probably end up feeling to guilty towards my unread books, again. :’)
      That, I can imagine! I also feel like I now have two or three books that I know will make me ugly cry every single time and since I’m this weird creature that sometimes likes a full-blown cry.. I might just pick those up again at some point.. I think..

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    2. Haha, I feel bad for my unread books all the tie, because they just sit there. 😦 So I lend them to my friends
      But I am thinking about making it so that I reread 1 – 2 books a month from books that I haven’t read in a while, like HP I haven’t read in 2 years. And Splintered in 2 years. So yeah definitely want to reread those.

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  15. Yet to read the Raven Cycle but I did hear great things about it. While HP I just reread for the pleasure of it. Or if it caught my eye in my books.. just impulsive reasons really.
    Hopefully your reread goals will be successful! Happy rereading ^^

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    1. They’re definitely not BAD! I liked them! Just didn’t quite love them like people told me I would, haha.
      Impulsive reading is simply the best reading. You’re so less likely to end up disappointed by books if you simply read what you’re in the mood for!

      Thank you! ❤

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    2. Yes. Exactly! The hype could be good for a book but most of the time you expect too much and end up disappointed. Better just read it in your own pace and time, or whenever the mood strikes 🙂

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