Thursday Thoughts – Rereads

This week I’ve been rereading Sarah J Mass’ A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury to prep for reading A Court of Wings and Ruin. This year I’ve done quite a bit of rereading books. So, I thought I’d do a post about the pros and cons of rereading books.

Pros: 

I can appreciate the little parts of the book I overlooked the first time. Authors work for a long time to create a complete world. Often I miss things on my first read since they did not appear to be immediately important. So, I love that when I reread I gain a new appreciation for these little details. They are put into the book for a reason and rereading gives me a chance to really pay attention to them,

Another pro for rereading series is being able to make new inferences as to what may come next. With the ACoTAR series I continue to see details that I’m predicting will come into play in the next book. My paranoia is going crazy.

Cons:

When you reread you run the risk of determining that a book you used to love is no longer something you’re interested in. I prefer to keep that book in my mind in a positive light. But, we outgrow books and our preferences change. Rereading really shows where your interests have changed.

My final con would be that when I reread I get very impatient. I want to get to my favorite parts of the book as soon as possible. This anticipation results in myself rushing through the slower parts of a novel. I have to consciously stop myself from doing that.

Overall, I love rereading books and I would like to do it more often. There are quite a few books I would like to reread that have fallen to the wayside because of new releases. But, that’s the life of a reader. If you want to see more of my thoughts on rereads of books check out my Second Thoughts Book Tag from Tuesday.

Are you a rereader? What are your pros and cons for it?

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12 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts – Rereads

  1. It really is such a mixed bag, to re-read or not re-read – that is the question. If I feel a hankering to re-read a book that I read a year or two ago I’ll probably give in and re-read it. That being said, I don’t like re-visiting favorites from childhood because I’ve often found that they don’t live up to the same level of magic I experienced/remember from when I was a kid.

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  2. It’s so hard! Like you said there are pros and cons. It’s like visiting an old friend and you’re able to focus more on details and things you may have missed the first time. But I too get impatient! I want to get to the parts of the story I remember. Not to mention the hundreds of books I have on my ever growing TBR. It’s a struggle for sure! Lol

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  3. I adore to reread Michael Moorcock, I find inspiration in his style and his books always appear to vanquish writers block x

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  4. I’m a re reader, if I loved a book it’s very likely that I will pick it up again. But you are right sometimes re reading it’s a double edge sword especially if a long time has past between re reads. You might find that what you loved about a certain book it’s no longer something that interest you. I’ve had that happen to me a few times but I still do it, I’ll try to enjoy my love of the story for as long as it lasts.

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  5. I’m not a big rereader, but I did use to reread the entire HP series before each new book was released. Nowadays there are just too many new books that I want to read that I don’t make time to reread old favorites. However, after finishing ACOWAR, I really wanted to reread the whole series but I might wait and do that before the next book comes out next year. I’ve also had a big urge to recently reread Anne of Green Gables!

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  6. I really enjoy re-reading my favorite books. I am embarrassed to admit how many times I have re-read certain books. I love reading something again and making connections between tiny details and events that happen later on in the story/series. It really gives me an appreciation for the authors and the level of detail they put into their books.

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  7. I love to re-read, although I do it less now that my TBR has spiralled out of control (thank you fellow book bloggers 😀📚) And that I am reviewing too. I often read a book very fast the first time excited to get to the end, then if I really liked it I like to immediately read it again to savour the writing and take in the subtleties I missed in my haste, first time through.

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  8. I am absolutely a rereader. I have books I’ve read three, four, sometimes five times. I think I’ve been lucky; I don’t recall outgrowing a book I love.
    My favorite pro: rereading a book you love is like putting on that comfy pair of slippers that fit just right.
    My Con? Already knowing what happens and not being able to read it for the first time again.

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