Let’s Talk Bookish: Re-Reading Books?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! You can check out these pages for January 2022 prompts & a full list of the past prompts!

Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:

RE-READING BOOKS?

(SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)
Prompts: How many times is enough? Why re-read at all? Is re-reading just a comforting pastime? Or is there excitement to be relived? What kind of books do you re-read? Do you ever re-read books you don’t like in hopes that it will be better the second time? Were there any books you didn’t like as a child but liked as an adult, or vice versa?

“I can’t wait to re-read THIS BOOK SOON!”

This is a phrase I’ve repeated countless times, especially when I’m blog hopping or scrolling through socials and see people talking about a book that I’ve read years ago and remember loving, or when an ‘old’ book resurfaces and gains a bunch of new followers. Seeing those posts and discussions never fail to make me want to pick up those books again but do I ever get around to re-reading them? It’s a no 99.9% of the time! 🙈

Safe to say, I’m not much of a re-reader. I’ve re-read a few, mostly Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, but even then it’s not often and it’s not always all the way through. Those are my comfort reads whenever I’m feeling some type of way and so that’s why I keep coming back to them.

I wouldn’t say there’s a particular reason why I don’t re-read more, I think it’s just that I’m pretty terrible with time-management and there are always other books that I want to read? I sometimes feel like I’ve already spent time on those books and then I look at all the other unread books sitting on my shelves and it tends to make me feel a little guilty because those books deserve to be read too, y’know? 😂

dINIPANDA-RE-READS PROJECT!

That said, there are a few books that I do plan to re-read this year. After writing this post last year, talking about re-reading 5-star reads like it was the first time, I decided to do a little re-read project this year. I’m gonna start with books that I read in 2016/17 and remember loving, and I rated 4-5 stars on Goodreads but that I never wrote reviews for. I don’t think I’m gonna re-read everything I want in 2022 but I hope to at least get this smol project rolling and I’m also hoping to eventually get to these books that I read in MS/HS and that I’d love to re-read as an adult!

I’m very curious to see whether I still feel the same about these books (especially the ones I read in 2016/17). It’s a little intimidating since I consider many of them favourites and have a few special editions… I’m hoping that I don’t end up hating them but I also can’t deny that I’m eager to see if/how my reading tastes have changed since.

Here are some of the books I plan to re-read this year:

Do you re-read books? What do you love most about re-reading—is it a comfort thing? If you don’t re-read, is there a reason why you don’t?

33 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Re-Reading Books?

  1. Thanks for participating! That’s a fantastic reread list by the way, some of those are sooo good. I would want to reread them one day too!

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  2. I’m not much of a re-reader either. If I do, I usually listen to the audio the second time around. I have done with that with a lot of Tijan’s books, Elle Kennedy’s, and some other authors. It’s a fun way to experience a book a second time around.

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  3. Haha I feel this! I always say I am going to reread something and 95% of the time it doesn’t happen. There are a couple I would like to get to this year but I guess we will actually see if it happens!

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    • I’m definitely a re-watcher of movies. LOTR, Frozen and Pride and Prejudice, for example, are ones that I’ve watched COUNTLESS times and never get sick of (lol) but I always hesitate when it comes to books. Not quite sure why…

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  4. I’m a huge rereader! Part of it is a comfort thing for me: there’s a series I’ve read every single year for over 20 years and guess what I read when I went through a terrifying life change over the summer? Ha ha!
    Also, I have a terrible memory so I see things I either forgot or didn’t notice the first time.

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    • That’s awesome! I can definitely understand the comfort aspect because whenever I need a book that I’m familiar with and that gives me comfort, I turn to Jane Austen 😂 but I still don’t do that as often as I plan to. I also have a terrible memory, hence why it might be like reading the books for the first time, but that also makes me more excited to experience it again. Hopefully I have some “a-ha!” moments recognising that I’ve read the book before, haha!

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      • Omg. LITERALLY ME TOO!!! I own Finale but I never actually read it because same, I forgot what happened and wanted to reread the first two andddd never did. But now would be a great time before OUABH!! Good luck to us both LOL!

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  5. I actually read three books from your re-read project, and I remember them fondly. One reason I don’t re-read is because I don’t want to sully my memory of the book. I re-watched this movie I had hyped from when I was younger and ended up really disappointed. Good luck with your re-read project! Hope the books hold up

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    • I’m also a little worried that how I feel about certain books will change now when I re-read it again. Hopefully not 😅 I re-watch movies a lot, though I haven’t re-watched anything from my younger days. I think the nostalgia factor would make me feel like it was worth it! Haha

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    • When I read Shadow of the Wind I couldn’t find the sequels anywhere here (in Indonesia) and wanted to get the physical books so I waited. Now I want to re-experience the magic again and continue on with the series 😍 I can’t wait!

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      • Oh, I know that problem. Luckily, with the internet, it isn’t too bad now but I used to have such a great library and after we moved, I have to buy my foreign books, so not always that easy, either. But it is a great idea to start with the original book again, there are so many details that you forget. Though, it isn’t really a problem because every book stands on its own. But they are all magical.

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  6. I’m very much not a rereader, and I’ve noticed that whenever I do reread a book it has to be a spur of the moment thing. If I think about it too much, I simply won’t do it but if I think “hmm I’d like to reread that” and immediately pick it up, it’s going to happen.

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    • That’s true actually, when I think too much about it, it really never happens 😂 But I’m hoping that by announcing I’m doing this ‘little project’ I’ll have to hold myself accountable, at least a little bit, haha! As a mood reader, maybe I should try picking up re-reads when the moment strikes. Good idea! 😉

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  7. I’m definitely a rereader — sometimes to the exclusion of new books I *should* be reading, ha. I just love revisiting familiar characters, knowing it will be a satisfying read, and maybe, if I’m lucky, finding something new to think about that I missed the first (or fifth) time. Good luck with your reread project!

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    • I can definitely get that! I’m sure it’s amazing re-acquainting yourself with characters and their stories, and I love the idea of picking up new things you missed the first time. They’re definitely reasons I want to try re-reading more. Hopefully, I actually get to doing it this time 😂

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  8. I love your rereading project! That’s a great idea to reread the books you didn’t review. Maybe some day I’ll attempt that… 😃 I used to reread Pride and Prejudice every year but that was before I started reading ARCs. It’s another book that gets pushed to the side for all the shiny new books. 🤩 I finally participated in Let’s Talk Bookish. I figured rereading was an easier first prompt to try. Great discussion!

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  9. Mistborn!!! 😍😍😍 I’m reading A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy in 2022.
    I’m not much of a rereader too. I just look at all the books I want to read and are on my TBR pile… and I end up reading those. 😐

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