Why I don’t reread books

Posted October 29, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions, Features / 70 Comments

Lots of people reread books. Like most people right? Yeah not me. I have reread ONE book. The Fault in Our Stars before the movie came out. And it proved point two below. In theory, I would love to reread all my favorites. In reality, it won’t happen and here is why:

There are already too many books to read

My TBR on Goodreads is somewhere around 275. And we all know that isn’t even including a ton of other I forgot to add. Plus the bunch that will come out. Or the ton of titles I got on Amazon on sale sitting on my Kindle. You get the idea.

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I would totally skim and skip because I would know what happens

So when I did reread TFIOS I totally skimmed and skip sections. I was all “I know what happens already”  I mean I know that is stupid but I couldn’t help it. So then I felt like it was a waste of time. Since then if a movie is coming out I just read a summary or something to refresh my memory.

I am really scared it will change how I feel about a book . . . in a negative way

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This is probably the biggest reason. Especially for books I LOVE. What if I reread it and don’t feel the same. Mainly books that I have read a long time ago, from high school and such. I love Catcher in the Rye. But what if I read it today and hated it. I think that would really do some damage. I mean I loved it so much I put together this whole project where I compared lyrics from my favorite band at the time (Bouncing Souls for those who care) to parts in the book and all this nonsense. I was super excited. What if turns out I think it is all garbage now. I don’t want my memory of the book and the time in which I read it to change, if that makes any sense.So maybe in some cases I am less nervous about how I feel about the book but if it will affect my memory of the time in which I read it.

So there you go. Maybe one day I will turn into a rereader of books. For now though I think I will stick to those I haven’t read yet.

Are you guys rereaders? Do you reread books over and over? Only certain books?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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70 responses to “Why I don’t reread books

  1. I’ve only re-read a few of my favorite books before, but I do hope to re-read several more favorites sometime down the road. I have a horrible memory when it comes to details so I always find things that I had missed the first time, or I’ve had to re-read so I could move on to the next book in a series because I have forgotten what had happened. I can understand how it’s not for everyone though and I totally get that it feels like there’s not enough time cause we have so many on our TBR. I always end up feeling guilty when re-reading because of that :/
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  2. I can’t ever NOT reread a book. I do re-read, but not quite so often because there are so many good books out there that I still have yet to finish. Nonetheless, i like to revisit old books and stories, which is why I like to reread every once in a while 🙂

    But I completely understand why you don’t! I’m kind of curious though — do you still buy books, even if you know you won’t read them again?
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  3. As a rule, I am not much of a rereader. Mostly because of time. The exception that is (wait for it, it’s shocking) The Hunger Games. I have read the series 9 times, and I WILL be doing the 10th next month (like, someone please make me). Now, I will admit, I am a little scared, because the last time I did a reread was right at the start of blogging. So, a couple years have gone by and.. this series is my baby. SO yeah, just like you said, I am so scared that I won’t still be in love.

    The only other books I reread are Divergent and Insurgent, right before Allegiant came out. Talk about a waste of time 😉 Also, I totally skimmed those too!
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  4. I am a HUGE re-reader! I don’t care how many times I’ve read it or how many books I have on my TBR, re-reading favorites is like comfort for me. I’ve re-read the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead like 5 times, I have read most Rachel Gibson books at least 3-4 times each and I’ve re-read like 20 books so far this year. I get why it might not be for some people, but I personally love it 🙂
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  5. I USED to be a huge rereader and I have favourites that I have read over and over. Blogging put an end to that though! But it’s not something that I’m happy about as I love rereading and I’m trying to make more time for it. Rereading an old favourite is like having a catchup with an old friend for me and I always seem to discover something new. And if I’m any way out of sorts or in a book slump, the only thing that helps is a comfort read from a tried and tested book that I already love.
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  6. I’ve only reread one book and that’s The Program by Suzanne Young. I think I’ve read it a total of three times. I have a similar opinion as you, though. I feel like if I reread something, it takes away from my precious time to read a new book. I have to REALLY love a book to want to read it multiple times. But although I know the story and twists when I reread The Program, I still find something new to enjoy every time. 😀
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  7. I have yet to re-read a book but there are a few of my favorite books in a series that I haven’t finished so I want to re-read the first book over again, but I don’t think I’ll re-read a standalone. I’m totally with you, Grace, it takes a lot of my time for new books away, which I could totally love a lot more than the one’s I re-read. It would take a lot for that to happen, but it’s definitely possible.
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  8. I love re-reading my favorite books, but in reality I mostly listen to them. And then usually when I am doing something else, so I can focus only partway. I have listened to the Harry Potter books at least 20-30 times. And they never get old. I love having them as background noise while I work because I don’t really like listening to music. I know I’m weird.

    There are a couple of paper books or Kindle books that I have re-read a bunch too. Bookends by Jane Green is one I read when I am sad because it always lifts my mood. I have re-read Rainbow Rowell’s books and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants a bunch too. It doesn’t ever change how I feel about them. It just helps me remember how much I love them. For parts I know, my internal monologue is more “I love this part!” than “I remember what happens here.”

    I like the predictability of re-reading something I know. It’s the same as re-watching a favorite movie.
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  9. I think I’ve reread 4 or 5 books this year. Usually I don’t have time for it, but I do like to revisit my favorites, especially if I haven’t reread them in years. Actually, I think I liked Catcher in the Rye more as an adult than I did as a high schooler. When I reread it a few years ago, I saw a bunch of things that I missed as a teenager.
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  10. I reread very few books and since becoming a blogger that number has dropped even more. If it has been a really long time in between books in a series I will go back and scan the last book..sometimes but that is about it. I just don’t have time to reread because like you said, there are just too many other books out there calling my name. 😉
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  11. I am not a re-reader and there is one reason and one reason only for that: there are too many books I want to read. I am only just now coming to grips with the fact that I will *never* read all the books I want to read in this lifetime. {sob!} There are sooo many books on my TBR that I am truly excited about. Plus the fact that my favorite authors continue to write and release new books. That means I can’t justify spending value reading times on books I’ve already read. There’s too much “new” to get to! 🙂
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  12. I don’t really have time to reread books either, but I used to reread certain books. I can understand what you mean about rereading something and not feeling the same way about it though. That would be an awful thing to experience. I think the books I reread the most though were the Harry Potter series and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I’ll always love those. 🙂

    -Lauren
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  13. I am most definitely a re-reader. If I’m in a reading slump I usually end up re-reading one of my favourite books. I think there’s something comforting about getting re-acquainted with my favourite characters/relationships. I can definitely relate to the fear of not enjoying the book as much and I hope I never encounter a moment like that. On the whole though I’m definitely a re-reader.
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  14. I rarely reread books, most for the reasons you mentioned. The only time I do is when I want to read the next book in a series and I can’t remember the who’s-who and what’s-what from the previous book. Or, if I haven’t read a book I really loved in a looonnnngggg time (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, for instance) and want to revisit it. Otherwise, nope. I’ve got too many new books to read 🙂
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  15. I base my 5 star ratings on whether or not I’d reread it and most likely enjoy it the same. If not, it’s a 4-4.5 star one. If so, it’s a rare one that I ADORED! There’s only a handful of books I’ll reread. It’s the easiest way for me to get out of a reading slump. Sometimes the reread is better than the first time for me!
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  16. I find it surprising when people say they don’t reread because I assumed that everyone reread books. I enjoy rereading books but it does eat up time that could be spent reading new books. I like to revisit stories because sometimes I notice things i missed on my first read and it also helps to refresh my memory because some stories I forget. It’s also a comfort thing to do so when I’m low or just want to return to something comfortable, I’ll reread a favorite.
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  17. I am SO with you, DON’T DO IT!! I am rereading Harry Potter to my son (which I totally LOVE doing, and we’re having the best time!!), but even with those books, I’m finding that some of that original “magic” is gone. I find myself being overly critical and thinking things about Harry that I didn’t originally think in my first go-around (mainly that he’s a bit nosey and annoying). I also don’t have time to reread books. And I find myself thinking what’s the point when you know what’s going to happen??
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  18. Melissa

    I totally did a project in HS where I put a mashup song together for Wuthering Heights (and I’m not going to lie it was awesome)….just joining you in the book / music geek club

  19. I’m with you on this one, I do NOT re-read books at all. I do however want to attempt to re-read The HP collection, mainly because I read it YEARS ago when I was younger, so the advantage is everything isn’t so fresh in my mind. I also want to re-read Forbidden, but since that’s my all time favorite book, I don’t want to skim and skip, but come on I already know what happens! I know people that re-read books all the time and I’m like ew how lmao
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  20. I do not reread. Who has time for that? Seriously. There are just too many books and no matter how much I love a book I tend to never revisit. I have once or twice but I don’t make a habit of it. I’m so with you on this one!

  21. I used to reread a LOT before I started blogging, but I do a lot less now because I’m simply exposed to so many more titles and have a much longer TBR. However when I do reread I really enjoy it, as I enjoy reliving my favorite stories again and often times don’t remember the book scene by scene (if it’s been a few years), so already knowing the overall plot doesn’t mar my enjoyment. Great discussion topic!
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  22. Kristi
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    I would probably re-read more if there were more time. And less books. But you’re right – re-reading a book takes away from reading a new book. I have read (and listened to) all of the Harry Potter books, multiple times. The first three many more times than the last four (Acutally I’ve probably only read the last one twice. But Azkaban – my favorite – I bet is at least 10 times between reading and listening). I’ve read some childhood favorites aloud to my boys, which was fun. Especially Bunnicula. They loved to hear that book. There are a few classics I have re-read as well – The Age of Innocence, Little Women, and The Importance of Earnest come to mind.

    So I guess it’s just truly my favorite books. I do re-read, I don’t skim, and I love them every time.
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  23. Tasya
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    I hardly ever re-read a book I enjoyed. I usually re-read a book I didn’t enjoyed to give it a second chance (sort of). Re-reading books take a lot of precious time that could be use to read new books. And even though I enjoyed finding new things about the book, I’m also scared it would change my opinion on the book 😀
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