Rereading: Is it worth the time? (+ Books I need to reread)

I don’t do rereads.

I think that is a well-known fact that I have stated so many times. But last year I made an effort to actually reread some of my favorite books, and I managed to reread the whole PJO series! This year, I am doing the same with Harry Potter series and I’m currently on book 3 now.

Why is it that I don’t do reread? Simple. I just rather read and explore new things over coming back to familiar stories that I already know. While it gives a sense of comfort, there are just so many unknown options to explore out there and let’s admit, rereading takes so. much. time.

I love coming back to my old favorite, rereading Percy Jackson was one of my reading highlights last year as I was able to see more hidden meaning, foreshadowing, and clues while rereading. As I already know how the story goes, I spend more time noticing the details rather than trying to finish as soon as possible to discover the ending. Was it worth the time? Yes, as it brought up so many positive and nostalgic feelings. But as the same time, there’s a little voice at the back of my head that was screaming at me to read faster and move on to the next new booksย ๐Ÿ˜ฅย As the result, I was unable to enjoy the stories as much as I should be due to the pressure and guilt of not reading books from my TBR pile.

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One of my goal this year is to remove some books from my bookshelves. In order to do that, I need to figure out which books I don’t enjoy anymore. And how to do that? That’s right, I need to reread them. There are so many books that I need to reread as there are so many books I’m not sure about, so I’m kinda overwhelmed just thinking about how much time I need to spend to reread them all. But at the same time, I am excited to revisit the story and see my current perspective towards the story. Here are the list of books I need to read:

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Need by Carrie Jones. Yes yes, I know I’ve been mentioning this series a lot, but it’s just sooo good! It tells the story of Zara, who just lost her dad and forced to moved back with her grandmother to the sleepy, cold town of Maine. Only it’s not a sleepy town at all, it’s crawling with supernatural creatures, the most dangerous ones are the pixie who are not like Tinkerbell at all. I have such a fond memories of it, but it’s been years since I read it so I need to reread it to find out whether they are worth keeping or not, as well as finishing the last 2 books from the series.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Another book I’ve been mentioning a lot recently. Other than the desperately-needed-shelf-clean-up, I also need to finish the duology as I have yet to read the second and final book. The details are a bit fuzzy, but it follows Sam, our main character, who turns out to be the most powerful necromancer in the modern times and the people who wanted his powers. This book is just so funny and sarcastic, I always recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Percy Jackson series.

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Evernight by Kristen White. I personally liked this series better than Twilight and always felt sad at how underrated this series it is! I mean it’s pretty cliche, but I love how atmospheric the setting is and how interesting the plot was. I had grown out the genre though so I think I need to get rid of this series, but if I still enjoyed it after rereading it, I might keep it.

Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley. One of the first YA books I read, even though it felt middle grade-ish for me. This book follows Charlotte, who is an outcast in highschool when all she really wanted was to be popular. When she suddenly died because she choked on gummy bears (yes, that’s the plot) she came back to haunt the most popular girls in school only to find out popularity is not what it seems. I really enjoyed it, but I do feel it went downhill as it goes. I still want to reread them though!

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The Alchemist and The Angel by Joanna Owen. Oh look, another never-heard-before book! I remember nothing about the plot except it follows a boy who met a girl halfway, sets in the middle ages and has something about alchemy. I do remember really liking it, but this book is one of those pre-blogging books, therefore it has practically dissapear from my mind.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I’ve been wanting to read this series for forever, but when I did, I felt underwhelmed. It was unecessarily long and not much happened tbh. The mystery is not mysterious at all and I can’t see the point of the story… It’s pretty popular though, so I am willing to give it another chance.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t enjoy this when I read it, mainly because how immature Cath was. But then I was still in high school at that time and now I’m in the second year of university, I want to know how I would feel about this or if I can relate better to Cath than I was. I might reread Carry On to reevaluate my feelings too, but I’m pretty sure I will still dislike it…

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. There were some heartfelt moment and beautiful quotes yes, but overall I felt underwhelmed by this book. But again, at that time I don’t think I was in the right mood to read it. I just want to see if it’s just me or the book just wasn’t for me, and then rest the case.

Do you do rereads? What are some books do you want to reread?

tasya

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37 Replies to “Rereading: Is it worth the time? (+ Books I need to reread)”

  1. I’ll take your copy of Fangirl off your hands. It’s on my TBR. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If you don’t reread, why would you keep ANY of your books? (It’s a legitimate questions, I promise.) I get rid of most of my romance novels because I know I’m very unlikely to reread them (except for a few exceptional favorites by my favorite authors), as well as any other books that I know I’m unlikely to reread. …And I’m still drowning in books, haha.

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  2. I can understand why some people don’t do it, I used to not even see the point of rereading, but now I love it! I still don’t do it a TON, but finding those hidden meanings and foreshadowing and details—that’s what I love so much about it! And honestly, it’s shocking how much I forget after enough time passes. Sometimes it’s practically like reading a book for the first time all over again lol.

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  3. Great post! I love rereading, but it definitely does take time away from reading new releases and other shiny unread books – the eternal struggle ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    omg Evernight, it brings back nostalgia ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I adored that Series so many years back โ™ฅ

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  4. I don’t re-read books either… well at least not ones I’ve read and reviewed… I would like to re-read some books that I LOVED at the time but didn’t review to see how I would feel now that I review a lot… I think its great you want to try to re-read books you hated… โค

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  5. I stuggle with rereads too!! I mean when I love a book I will forever obsess and read it like 5 times but my attention span doesn not like it. And I just can’ttt anymoreee. I haven’t noticed it but I haven’t reread in ages hmm. Also YES I have a voice that keeps telling me to finish my tbr BUT UGH. I wanna do some rereading and chill. You post has inspired me now IF MY TBR MURDERS ME IT’S YOUR FAULT!

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  6. I don’t reread that much… In fact the only thing that I really reread is Harry Potter and I do it once every few years. I don’t really reread anything else because there’s so many new books I want to get to, but I wish I had infinite time to read so that I wouldn’t feel guilty about rereading

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  7. I also don’t do re-reads. The only time I’ve made the exception has been for Harry Potter annually. It’s sort of becoming a tradition over summer to get me hyped up for the school year again. (If that makes sense) Great post!

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  8. When I was younger I adored rereading my books, mainly because I have read basically all the books in my school library and the only books available for me are the ones lying around in my bookshelf. Now that I live in a different continent from where my bookshelves are, I rarely ever reread anymore, purely because of that physical reason. But I will always love revisiting an old favourite and reliving all the childhood feels ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I don’t re-read. I have a billion books I want to read, and it’s hard for me to get motivated to read a story I already know the ending to. On an intellectual level, I always consider re-reading those “required reading” books from my teens, because I feel like I was not old enough to appreciate some of them, but I really don’t see it happening any time soon.

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  10. I don’t really re-read a lot of books, but… I want to do it more. I love getting back to old favorites and seeing how my thoughts changed. Yet I also feel really guilty because there are so many new, other books to read and yet here I am, re-reading something I read before? I don’t know, it’s a stupid feeling, really, but I can’t help having it haha ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really hope you’ll love I’ll Give You The Sun the second time around, I really loved this book โค โค

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  11. I’m such an avid rereader! I’ve been doing it less recently, but I still do love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also need to give I’ll Give You the Sun another chance! I wasn’t in love with it the first time I tried it, and I didn’t get all the way through. But everyone seems to rave about it, so I really think I should try again!

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  12. I used to reread a lot, but now with blogging, I find myself rereading less. But, I still enjoy it from time to time. When I was culling my collection last year, I reread a lot, just like you because I wanted to figure out which books I wanted to keep. I like to reread to revisit the characters and stories I love, and because I always find little things I missed.

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