This weeks topic is: Rereading Books
I haven’t done a Let’s Talk Bookish since NOVEMBER! I really liked this topic so decided this was a good one to jump back into~!
How many times is enough? Why re-read at all?
I don’t often reread books, but I’m always happy when I do and I never regret it. I like to reread a book before reading the sequel but don’t always have the time. Sometimes I’ll reread book 1 & 2 of a series before the final in a trilogy.
There is no such thing as too many times rereading a book – if you love it, reread to your hearts content!
Is re-reading just a comforting pastime? Or is there excitement to be relived?
I always find something new when I reread a book. Often times you don’t notice the bread crumbs laid early on until the very end, and rereading, I can notice those bread crumbs the author laid out since I know whats about to happen – and I love that! I love catching things I missed the first time around. And sometimes, if its been a while since I originally read the book, I completely forget what happens so its almost like its brand new to me!
What kind of books do you re-read?
I tend to reread fantasy books most often. I reread The Cruel Prince before reading Wicked King, and reread BOTH of those again before The Queen of Nothing – so yes, I read Cruel Prince three times so far, and I would reread it again!
I also like to reread books in the Shadowhunter series since that is such a vast world, there’s always something new I’ll catch on a second or third time reread. I remember rereading Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows before Queen of Air and Darkness.
Listening to audiobooks helps me reread books a lot faster than I normally would be able to. During a reread I’m usually able to speed up the narration too since I already know the plot and am able to get through the book quicker.
Do you ever re-read books you don’t like in hopes that it will be better the second time?
If I don’t like a book, that’s it, I’m done with it for good. I won’t go back to a book if I didn’t like it the first time – I highly doubt I’ll like it more the second time. Books only get once chance from me and I’m not afraid to DNF a book at any point.
Were there any books you didn’t like as a child but liked as an adult, or vice versa?
I actually reread Tuck Everlasting earlier this month – I originally read it probably 15-20 years ago, and reading it as an adult is a different experience. I liked it more as a child, I think, but I still appreciated it for its simplicity as an adult and I’m so glad I allowed myself to reread an old favorite. I own a tattered paperback copy and rereading reminded me why I do want to keep a copy of this book.