On rereading.

I used to reread books more often. I used to reread the Harry Potter books every summer in anticipation of each new book in the series. I used to also reread random books whenever I wanted to refresh my memory of the story. For example, I recall rereading A Solitary Blue and A Separate Peace. The only book I’ve reread in the past five years is Night and that was for one of my book clubs.

This past year I’ve been so busy binging on books and authors that are new to me that I hadn’t had the urge to reread anything. However, I recently realized that I fancy rereading Americanah. I also plan to reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Spanish (Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal), does that count?

I am totally OK with not choosing to reread books like I used to, I just have different reading priorities at the moment. I imagine that I will want to reread some of the amazing books I’ve had the chance to read recently. But that’ll be a little farther down the road.

How do y’all feel about rereading books? Are there any books you reread based on seasons, moods, or tradition? Let me know in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “On rereading.”

  1. I rarely reread books, if I do they’re probably very short and quick reads.

    I simply have too many books to read and too many authors to discover to look back. I feel bad about it sometimes but then I get distracted and excited by a new book 🙂

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    1. That’s pretty much how I feel right now, but I would like to explore certain books again in 5 or 10 years. I know I’ll get something different from books as I change.

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  2. Don’t like rereading. I’ve only reread books if it was for a class. With the exception of Always Running by Luis Rodriguez and Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse, I haven’t really enjoyed rereading books. I guess I’ve reread comickbooks. But I don’t know I just can’t reread books I’ve already read once. I guess maybe because I feel there’s other books & authors to discover & read. I’m the same way with movies & TV shows, don’t like rewatching, it just feels like a waste of time. But on the rare occasion that I’ve picked up a book from my shelf that I haven’t read in a while, I might flip through it and stop and start rereading parts of it and find that maybe there’s things I missed or that I didn’t think about with a different analytical lens. The lens helps, because then I start thinking oh wow I didn’t think about this in this way before.

    Pretty cool that you have enjoyed rereading some books. I need to get around to reading Harry Potter sometime.

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    1. I see what you mean. I do feel that for the most part rereading is a waste because of all there is to read in the world. However, sometimes certain books bring comfort to me. Or, like you mentioned, it’s interesting to read a book again down the road to get something different out of it or to learn that your perspective has changed. I’ll let you know how I like reading Harry Potter in Spanish 🙂

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