Friday Rambles: Re-Reading Books

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Hi, guys! So I’m writing this post because the other month, I received Heir of Fire from Netgalley as a review copy — and I started reading it, only it’s been over a year since I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. So I thought I would re-read the books from the beginning (including the novellas, too, which I haven’t yet read) so I could refresh myself on the story and characters. But here’s the thing: this isn’t something I do that often. I only do it with books I love love love (which if you know me, you’ll probably know I love this series) and I don’t re-read books all that often.

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Other books I constantly re-read:

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling (the whole series) — like really, I can’t even remember the amount of times I’ve read this series or listened to the audio book.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — I’ve only read this book twice, but after seeing the movie the other month, I really wanna re-read it… again.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer — (I love these books. GO ON, JUDGE ME, I DARE YOU.)

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So that’s pretty much all of the books I’ve re-read… and know I suppose I should add Throne of Glass to my list, too. (I can also see myself re-reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George Martin sometime in the future, because there is just so much substance to those books!)

So let me know — do you re-read books? I can understand that re-reading books takes time, and that most people would prefer to read new books opposed to revisiting old books. So why do I do it? Why to I read things which I’ve already read before? I love relieving things I’ve read more and loved, though I have to say that I never re-read books if I give books lower than four stars. I reserve my re-reading for books which I feel are especially spectacular. So it doesn’t happen all that often.

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Sometimes I re-read books because — like the Throne of Glass series — another in the series is being released soon. But then there are other times where I just like to relive books which are completely and utterly amazing — or hold some sort of childhood nostalgia to them, for example, Harry Potter. There are also those times when you read another book, and you find all these different things that you didn’t during your first or even second read.

What about you? What are your thoughts on re-reading books?

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8 thoughts on “Friday Rambles: Re-Reading Books

  1. I used to reread a lot more when I was younger, partly due to funds I’m sure, and partly because I wasn’t aware of so many amazing reads (thanks Internet!). I would probably reread more too if it wasn’t for blogging and finding out about all these amazing new books that way too. I would like to reread more, but I can’t justify it at the minute because I own so many unread books. I did reread The Mortal Instruments series last month because the last book came out, and that’s kind of the only reread I’ve done in a while. It was enjoyable, but it took a while!

  2. I’ve been thinking of a few books that I want to re-read this summer, but usually I don’t go out of my way to do so, unless it’s for school. However, with many books coming out that are sequels, I think I will revisit the first story to refresh my memory!

  3. I wish I had time to reread. :| BUT I DON’T. And part of me is okay with that because been-there-done-that kind of feeling for books I’ve read. I want to reread TFIOS, though. ;) And I really want to reread the Shiver trilogy because of Sinner’s release. So I’ll see if I do get around to that. I think rereading is nice, but sometimes I’m more critical, so a book I once loved to pieces, I’ll come back and not love it. Which is sad! Sometimes I’d rather have fond memories than fresh memories. ;)

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