Hey all, Dani here.
There are many reasons to re-read a book. Sometimes it’s an old favorite, or perhaps it’s one that you slogged through because you weren’t in the mood and you feel like giving the book another chance now that you’re in the right mood. Maybe it was a book you *had* to read for school and you want to read it now for pleasure and see if your thoughts have changed. Whatever the reason for rereading, I think that most of us in the book community do it.
So, this month was Jazzy June, a reading challenge hosted by Kathy at Books & Munches, and it was focused on rereading books. I didn’t participate as heavily as some of the other months, but I still managed to squeeze in a few rereads, which I ended up really enjoying.
There are a few books I have read over and over several times: Old Magic by Marianne Curley, the first Harry Potter, Colorworld by Rachel E. Kelly,…I’m sure there’s a few others, but these are the ones that I can think of right now. For the record, I have not ever reread the final Harry Potter; I only read it once, literally in the few hours after its midnight release. But I want to finish a reread of the whole series, so I’ll get around to reading it again soon enough.
What I love about rereading is that I tend to pick up different details with each new reading. On my first read I get pulled into the story and I usually end up flying through it, inevitably missing out on some of those beautiful smaller details. That’s one of the reasons rereads are great.
More than that, on rereads I pick up on foreshadowing moments better, which enhances my reading experience. I also pick up on smaller details and actions from the characters.
There have been a couple of books that I read and thought were okay, but I also knew that I just didn’t pick it up at the right time. One such book was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I didn’t really like it that much when I read it for a book club years ago. But I continue to see so many wonderful reviews for it, and I know that I pushed myself to finish it for that book club. So I bought a discounted copy of it. I’m waiting to he in the right mood to give it another try.
This is also sort of the case with Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I read it after absolutely devouring and loving Red Rising by Pierce Brown, which made the former book pale in comparison. That’s not fair to it. Now, I can’t say that I plan on picking Cruel Beauty up again, but at least I acknowledged in my review that my rating was affected by my reading experience.
Most of the time, though, I really enjoy rereading books. I learn new things, and generally like the book better with each reading, because I appreciate it more as a whole.
What are your thoughts on rereading? Let’s chat in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.