Fairytale News | Re-reading.


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

I finally came up with an explanation for my love for re-reading. People sometimes wonder: ‘Why should you re-read a book? You already know what is going to happen.’ Or even ‘it’s a waste of time to re-read books when there are so many new books.’

Let me ask you a question:
Do you listen to the same songs? I bet there is a song you often play on repeat?

Now, imagine that those songs are exactly the same as books. I know that songs take less time to listen to, but you enjoy them right? You already know the lines and how the song is going to end, you are familiar with the melody, but is that boring to you? Do you regret listening to them over and over again, knowing that there are thousands – millions of other songs you can listen?

Because that is how I feel about re-reading books I love.

I don't care that I already know how it's going to end. Returning to worlds and characters I love is comforting. Is enjoying something a waste of time? I think it's sometimes good to let go of the fact that you always need to read the newest books. I don't want my blogging influence how I read, so I like to let go of the need to stay up to date every time.

Do you re-read books?

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  1. I would love to re-read books but I actually don't do that a lot. Too busy chasing the next new release or trying to clear out the TBR pile! I loved your comparison to listening to music you enjoy though.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Clearing out the TBR pile is definitely a challenge for me :p

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  2. I don't re-read a lot of books. Mainly because I get most of my books from the library so I don't own them and can't just pick them up and read them whenever. I used to really enjoy re-reading an entire series every time a new book came out. But then I started reading soooo many series this became pretty much impossible. Oh well... love to re-read!!

    Angie

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    1. Ah, yes, I can see that re-reading books from the library is a little more challenging than having those books on your own shelves.

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  3. Before blogging I reread every book I owned at least twice but since then, I simply don't have the time to reread books or if I do, it's when a sequel is about to come out. I wish I had the time but there are so many other books that I want to get read.

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    1. It's definitely true that there is little time, but I liked that you re-read so much before :D

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  4. I want to reread more books this year, because I have missed doing that these past couple of years since I started blogging. I've found that recapping books for Recaptains really helps, because it's basically speed rereading and I get to slow down on my favourite parts if I want to. Of course, real rereading is definitely better. This year I have pledged to reread more often, and I plan to start with Harry Potter and The Saga of Darren Shan!

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    1. I think I need to participate in Recaptains some time :) I love that you want to do a Harry Potter re-read!

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  5. I love this explanation, Mel! Btw, I think that sometimes re-reading isn't just reading the whole thing again, but you just read the favorite parts you have marked (or not, if you don't mark), but just sometimes staring at your shelf and picking some of your favorite books and going throuh pages to read favorite dialogues, action scenes, swoon and fan-myself moments. These are the best parts of re-reading. Sometimes you understand the world better--like I did with Under the Never Sky re-read. I love re-reading and I wish I had more time to do that.

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    1. True, sometimes I like to skip parts and go straight ahead to my favorite scenes.

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  6. I don't get as much time to reread as I would like, but I always have an urge to go back and reread my all time favourites, especially stand alones. There's just something so comforting about going back to a story you know you enjoy and losing yourself in that amazing familar world for a while.

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  7. I always re-read my favorite books. Sometimes after I finish a really good book a week later I'll reread it again. Nothing beats the feeling of reading the book like it's just the first time. It's definitely a refuge to me as a reader :)

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  8. I don't think re-reading is a waste of time. I re-read the HP series for the first time this summer and I am so glad I did. The first time I read them I was quite a bit younger, so it felt good to read them again at the age I am now - I think I've come to love and appreciate them even more. <3

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    1. The past 3 years, I re-read HP every year. I might do it again soon :D

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  9. Well said Mel! I liked how you compared the love of music to rereading books. It was very metaphorical!

    I don't often do rereading because of so many other books to read! But when I really feel like rereading a book that I dearly love, I wouldn't have second thoughts to dive into the world I miss.

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  10. There's a few books I've re-read, but lately I just don't have the time :(
    It makes me sad, because I'd LOVE to re-read a few of my old favorite series that I read before I started blogging, so I can review them on the blog!

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  11. Ooh i like that metaphor! And I totally agree-- if we can play the same songs on repeat, why can't the same be true for books? If you love something, there's nothing wrong with going to back to realize that love again! So yeah :D WOOHOO for rereading! And great post Mel <3

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  12. Yes, if it's a book I really like I might read it again. But usually it is just that I read certain pages of the book that I like, if the end is very good and other things.

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  13. I love this post. <3 Thank you for sharing Mel :) Ahh. I LOVE re-reading books. And I re-read books quite often. I just can't not re-read the books that I love, hih. I do have waaaay more new books to read, but most of the time I feel like reading a book that I know I will/already love :)

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  14. I love re-reading books. I think It's a really great thing to do. I hate the thought of reading a book and then putting it on my shelf and never picking it back up again. That thought is just really sad to me.
    One of my favorite books, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, I've re-read about 7 times and I love it every time!! I agree, it's just really fun and nice to visit a world and it's characters again.
    Great post, I love it :D

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    1. Yes, I like to give my read-books some love every now and then :D

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  15. I do enjoy re-reading I just don't do it very often because there are so many new books I want to read. I am hoping to reread a couple this year.

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  16. I like the metaphor you used, too :) And the answer is a resounding YES, I do like to reread (my favorite) books. I only wish I have more time/less books on my tbr so I could do it more frequently.

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  17. Yes I do re read books Mel . I've read perks 3 times already for example .gr8 post Mel

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  18. I used to re-read a lot of books and I agree with what you said (great analogy, by the way!) but with blogging and school, I don't really find the time. I'm trying to get better at re-reading but so far it's been difficult. Great post! :D

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  19. Is that question of why you re-read a book coming from a book lover? I re-read. How could I not want to relive some fabulous moments? There are some books that I loved that I may not re-read or re-read as much because they are stressful or scary books, but others I re-read a lot. Like Edenbrooke that was published in 2012? I've read that at least five times. Then Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, and many others I've re-read quite a bit. Great post!

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    1. Not all the time, but sometimes I see bloggers talking about why they don't re-read.

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  20. I absolutely LOVE this topic. My dad is the kind of person who reads a book and then gives it away because he doesn't believe in re-reading, and he's always trying to get me to get rid of my books. We've never seen eye-to-eye on that. I love re-reading books, particularly favorites. Even now, at the thought of sitting down with characters I love and entering their world again, I get so excited about the prospect of a re-read. I just think there are soooo many books that deserve to be well-read, and characters that should never be forgotten. :)

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    1. Noooo :o I could never say goodbye to my books, especially not when I loved them.

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  21. I used to love re-reading books, especially Harry Potter. However, since starting blogging, I haven't had time, which kind of makes me sad!

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  22. I never really thought of that metaphor before! Nobody's ever really questioned why I reread, just people noticing I'm rereading and asking haven't I read that before?

    As for rereading, I would really like to, but I'm swamped. I think I would reread if I lose my book source that I borrow from constantly, but since I can borrow so many books from him (and they're some of the latest!) I just borrow away.

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    1. Haha, I can definitely see why you borrow away :D

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  23. I reread quite a bit. I reread sometimes because I like to jump back into my favorite worlds, other times it's because I can't remember what happened in the first book in a series and the second is getting ready to come out. I know that I've got a horrific TBR pile but my philosophy is to read what I want to read because if I force myself to read something that I'm not in the mood for then 9 times out of 10 I won't enjoy it.

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    1. Precisely! Read what you want to read, because if you force yourself to read other books.. then what's the point of reading in the first place?

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  24. I rarely re-read, also because I am constantly trying to clear out my TBR pile and keep up with new releases. Every once in a while, though, a book will wiggle its way back into my brain and beg me to reread it. I have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower multiple times, and currently I've been thinking about rereading A Clockwork Orange because t's another book I really adore.

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    1. I definitely see why re-reading isn't something you do often. My re-reads often need to make way for new releases too.

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  25. I'm planning on doing a discussion about rereading sometime next month, and I may have to link to this discussion with your awesome metaphor. I love rereading - I only buy books if I'm pretty sure I'm going to reread it at least a few times. I'd never thought of it like listening to songs I love on a loop, but it similar - returning to the comforting feeling of something you know and enjoy. A lot of time I'll plan on rereading books after reading heavy books or books I'm not sure about. I definitely try to have the majority of the books I read be new ones for me, but I reread plenty as well because, like you, I don't want my blog or TBR pile to dictate what I read and such.

    So, in short, this was a great post that I agree with! :D

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    1. Thanks, definitely leave me a link once you've posted your discussion :D

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  26. I definitely reread my favorite books! It really does feel comforting and sometimes I find myself noticing things I missed the first time around. Good books are good friends. :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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  27. I re-read lots of books, especially books I really adored. When I didn't really enjoy a book that much, there is a small chance I'll be re-reading that book.

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  28. I used to reread books ALL the time, I love how every time I reread a book I loved I'm always able to spot something new I love about the story! I still reread some of my fave reads, but ever since I started blogging and reviewing I've been doing less and less rereading...

    I'll probably go on a big rereading spree when summer comes around (lots of free time and all).

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  29. As you know from my discussion a little while ago, I don't reread often (really at all) but not because I have anything against it, or because I feel like I should read the newest books, it's more that I almost always WANT to read a new book over one I already have. But when I do reread I really enjoy it, and I have actually started relistening to books, I just relistened to Through the Ever Night in preparation for Into the Still Blue and I am actually relistening to Scarlet right now before I read Cress. I do like revisiting old favorites - I totally get it - it just happens very rarely.

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  30. I typically don't re-read them because I like keeping them in that special spot from when I had that good experience. I think partly that comes from the fact that I tried a number of years ago reading book with most-favored-nations-status from my childhood and ended up with disastrous results (Giving Tree, Charlotte's Web, Catcher in the Rye for example).

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  31. I can't understand people who don't re-read books. I fall in love with the characters, the world, and I have to revisit. I need to see my fictional friends again. I want to experience all over again my favorite couple falling in love.

    Plus, I'm super forgetful, so sometimes I re-read because I don't remember much from the first time! Though I'll admit to re-reading some books so many times that I can open it at any spot and know exactly what's going on.

    JB

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  32. I have definitely not been rereading as much as I did before blogging but I still very much enjoy it. I am currently rereading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and I think I am loving it even more the second time around <3 I always reread the Harry Potter books as well, sometimes I just feel like I need that world and will randomly pick up one of the books in the series. The Devil Wears Prada used to be my goto comfort reread and I read it so much I had to get another copy because the spine actually broke and the pages fell out :S I totally agree... it's comforting to reread your old loves <3

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