Hello my bookish bees! 😊
To get this out of the way – yes, I know I have been severely inconsistent with this blog, but I promise I’m trying. I AM! Life has just been very very veeeery hectic and it’s difficult keeping up with so much social media. 😞
Now, on to today’s topic – rereading books! You guys probably don’t know this, but I am an avid rereader. Probably half of the books I’ve read last year have been rereads and I seem to be keeping with that trend this year as well. I can’t help it – it’s so much fun! I know loads of people tend to avoid rereading for several reasons – mostly because they feel guilty and they feel like they’re wasting time rereading books when there are so many new ones out every month – and I am here to tell you that rereading books is one of the few small joys life has bestowed upon us, so we need to embrace it 😂
Rereading lets you revisit beloved worlds and characters
I mean – what more could you want from life? (aside from being able to finish your TBR, keep up with releases, have enough bookshelf space…okay I’ll stop this is becoming depressing) We all have so many books we completely adore, characters we fell in love with and it’d honestly be a crime not to reread them as much as possible. Through rereading, you get to relive your favourite moments, and appreciate them to a bigger degree. It may not be the same as reading a book for the first time again, but it’s the closest thing we have to that.
You can take your time
I don’t know about you, but every time I read a book I’ve been highly anticipating, or a book I’ve fallen in love within the first few pages, I tend to just go haywire and rush through it because I need TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. So many things go over my head, I even forget complete plot points (no, really, I had forgotten the Felix Felicis plot in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince how is that even possible). So, when I’m rereading books, I get to take my time with them. There’s no longer any rush, because I already know what’ll happen. I can focus on characters, quotes, emotions, all the little things that I didn’t notice the first time – everything else that makes that book beautiful.
Rereading can get you out of slumps
I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again – the reading slump was invented by satan on a day when he was feeling particularly vicious and thought “I’ma fuck some bookworms up”. Thanks, satan, you’re a doll. Anyway, reading slumps are evil. But, in my case at least, rereading books can get me out of slumps. Precisely because I’m picking up a book I’ll know for sure I’ll love. It’s familiar and it’s not demanding and it has zapped me out of slumps on more than one occasion.
I reread books whenever I’m in a sucky place/time in my life. Turning to my favourite books and rereading them is comfortable, safe and it offers me a haven from all the real life shit that’s surrounding me. I get to go on adventures again with my favourite characters and when life gets difficult, it’s easier to escape in a familiar book world, rather than a completely unknown one. I also know what I’m getting in – I already know all the shocking plot details (and by plot details I mean deaths), so nothing can get me by surprise and add to all the baggage I’m already feeling. Long story short – it’s reassuring and secure.
It’s indicative of how you change as a person
This goes for rereading books years after you’ve read them the first time. Books you loved as a kid can be such a joy to read as an adult (the opposite is true as well, but that’s a different discussion and it varies from person to person). Also, you can learn so much about yourself by the way you perceive the same book years apart. You can see how much you’ve learned and grown as a person. It’s fascinating.
It helps you save money
Ah, the bane of my existence – money for books 😂😂😂 As in, I have none 😂😂😂 But this is where rereading comes in – when you’re rereading books, you don’t need money for new books, because you have sufficient reading material to satisfy your bookish needs. Solid logic, I know. Moreover, rereading books for a while can help you save up some money and eventually treat yourself to some new books later on 😊 It’s a win-win situation 😄
Honestly, at the end of the day, rereading feels like catching up with old friends. And seeing that in my case, friends are almost nonexistent, I love that I can turn to books for this.
SO GO FORTH AND REREAD GUILT FREE, MY FRIENDS.