This post is definitely one where I think out loud into a blog post… I hope you don’t mind!
I keep thinking about re-reading books recently, partly because there are some I want to re-read and partly because I keep wondering whether it’s a waste of my time.
For example, I definitely want to re-read the Six of Crows duology this year but I only read it last year. Would I be wasting time? I can’t remember every detail though and I love re-reading books because I know what happens. It means I can sit back a little more calmly and truly absorb the story, rather than rushing to find out what happens.
I have already re-read the ACOTAR series this year and it was just as magical on a second read.
Yet I have 121 books on my Goodreads TBR and that doesn’t include most of the books I already own either on my bookshelf or on my kindle… I’m not intending on reading 121 more books this year! So if I add in re-reads that reduces the potential time for getting through my TBR!
I also have a massive problem when I hear people talking about re-reads. When someone says they re-read a series every year without fail. Even if it means they read nothing new. That hurts my soul! If I could only read a handful of books a year, I’d want them all to be new ones.
I would love to re-read some of my childhood favourites. Maybe some of the Redwall books, Artemis Fowl and Eragon but I’ve read them before? Multiple times. There’s also that worry that reading them now, they won’t have that same magic and my memories will be tarnished.
How many times is too many? There are books where the story is part of who I am. Where I can close my eyes and read ahead, without the book being open. Is there worth in re-reading those books? I think there is. Reading for enjoyment has to be worthwhile and re-reading a book I know will make me happy is then surely worthwhile.
There’s also the idea I’ve seen recently that sometimes you need to listen to a book you didn’t love instead and maybe you’ll enjoy it more. If I didn’t enjoy a book, do I want to give it more time? Normally I just move straight on past and I think I’m okay with that choice.
Sorry for the ramble, how do you feel about re-reading books?