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Today I want to talk about re-reading books. Sometimes I hear people mentioning a re-read on their blog or even review the book after a re-read, so I was wondering who of you re-reads books and why. And what you like about re-reading books.
Do I re-read books?
Short answer yes, but not a lot. In theory I like re-reading, but in practice I hardly ever re-read books. I think last year I re-read a total of 1 or 2 books and that was a book i got for beta read and then read the ARC later and wrote my review of it. I usually don’t review beta reads unless I loved the book already, so I’ll usually read the book again once the arc is released and read it then. So in the past few years that’s about the only books I re-read. When I was younger and before blogging I used to re-read a lot. I read the Harry Potter series multiple time and had some other books that I enjoyed and read multiple times. Then even later when I started reading more I did re-read a few books, like the first two Darkness Rising books by Kelley Armstrong and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. But the last few years I haven’t re-read a lot of if any books and it makes me sad. I plan every year to re-read more, but the fact is that often I rather read a book i don’t know yet and haven’t reviewed than return to a book I already know. It still is my hope that eventually I might get my to-read list a bit smaller and I take that time again to re-read books now and then, but at this point I don’t. I do want to re-read books, but I would rather read a book I haven’t read read yet.
What Do I like about re-reading books?
- Familiarity. I like that sense of familiarity and comfort when you re-read a book. You already know and love the world, it’s not new anymore, but the fact you read it once already ads a layer of familiarity. It also feels like coming home or returning to a favourite place.
- Returning to a great book/ series/ world. There’s something great about returning to a book/ series/ world you already know and love. It’s fun and comforting to read a book you already know.
- Foreshadowing. One of the things I love most about re-reading a book is the foreshadowing and how much more you notice it when re-reading a book, all those little clues to a plot twist suddenly are obvious and it gives an unique perspective, knowing what will happen. Some things make more sense or have a different feel when you know what will happen. Like the bitter sweet feeling when you know a couple will break up or a character will die, but it hasn’t happened yet.
- Details I forgot. While I always like to think my memory is pretty good, when re-reading a book there are always details, scenes etc that i forgot. It’s always fun to read those scenes you didn’t remember and realize that happened as well.
- Attention for other details. When I re-read a book it feels like I pay attention more to other details than when I first read the book, as I already know what will happen, certain scenes or details catch my attention that I didn’t notice or didn’t pay as much attention to the first time. Little descriptions or details I didn’t notice the first read, suddenly catch my eye during a re-read.
- Different feel. In my opinion when I re-read a book it always feels different, you can’t read the book again without knowing anything about it like the first time you read a book, but I do think that a re-read can give the book a different feel due to you already knowing a few things which influences your experience of the book.
- More focus on the story/ less effort. I don’t mean this as to say reading a book costs effort, but I do think re-reading a book is a bit easier in some way. Especially with books like sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal books where you need to learn the rules of the world first. When re-reading a book you already know those things and you can focus more on the story. Same goes with characters, you already know who everyone is, so your attention will be more on the things you forget and the story as you already know how the world works and who the characters are. And starting a new book can be daunting sometimes as you plunge into a new world, but later books in a series and re-reads don’t have that.