DISCUSSION: Reread Worthy?

As a general rule, I rarely reread. Perhaps that's partly because I'm a blogger, with a massive to-be-read pile and stack of review copies to get through, or maybe it's because I'm worried I won't enjoy the book as much the second time round.

The ten books/series I've re-read the most (discounting books I've studied because I HAD to reread those)
However, that's not to say there aren't certain books that I have reread many times (see above). So, what makes a book reread worthy for me?

I. If it's part of a series
I've lost count of the number of times I've reread Harry Potter. And this is mainly because every time I reread one book in the series, I HAVE to reread the others. Plus, I reread the entire series countless times in the run up to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As for The Knife of Never Letting Go I read this back when it was first published and so ended up rereading it a couple of times (before each new book in the trilogy was released).

II. If it's a REALLY good fantasy novel
Escapism, as I mentioned in this post, is one of the main reasons I read fantasy. So, naturally, a really good fantasy book earns a reread if I just want to escape to the world in question (e.g. The Hobbit. Harry Potter and The Night Circus). Needless to say, I can see myself rereading The Final Empire many times in the future…

III. If it's a classic
Generally, I find myself rereading classics a couple of times. This is not because I think that ALL classics are perfect, but because on the first read I'm too wrapped up in the plot to notice the symbolism and different themes etc.


Do you reread books often? If so, why? And if not, why not? And which books are your most reread books? (I'm guessing Harry Potter for most).

26 comments:

  1. I love the infinity sign next to Harry Potter :) Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. As for the Hobbit, Wuthering Heights, The Night Circus (which by the way I'm currently suffering a hangover from and don't know how to get over), all of Austen's books really and Jane Eyre - who doesn't like to keep re-reading them???

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    1. Hehe I genuinely cannot even begin to guess how many times I've re-read Harry Potter! Haha The Night Circus had me up ALL NIGHT! And yep, these lot definitely are rereadable (is that a word?). :D

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  2. I'm someone who doesn't often re-read books for quite a while after the last time I've read them. I re-read The Fault in Our Stars recently just so it was fresh in my mind before the film, and as much as I'm a Potterhead, I'm not going to re-read Harry Potter again for a while given that it took me such a long time to read the books.
    Love the use of infinity next to Harry Potter. - Ruby, you genius.

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    1. It's funny, because sometimes I'll reread Harry Potter back to back, without waiting at all! Although, I see what you mean! :)

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  3. Great books! I've read the Harry Potter books so many times already. I also loved the Bell Jar, such a beautiful and sad story!

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  4. I reread all the time :) Recently I had some sort of rereading month, where I picked up the first two books from series, so I can read their endings (like the Grisha series) I love returning to worlds I love, like HP :)

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    1. A rereading month is a good idea – especially for someone like me, who rarely sets aside time for rereads. :) When JK Rowling said "Hogwarts will always be here to welcome you home" I wonder if she knew how many people that would apply to? ;D

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  5. Same with Harry Potter. My infinity sign would be by The Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter. Another series I'm not quite sure about would be the Magic Tree House books because (when I last read them) there were about 40 books and I read almost all of them and kept on rereading my favorites. I don't like rereading classics because I usually have to trudge through them- *imagine Allies landing on Normandy*. I only reread my absolute favorite books. I personally best enjoy rereading my favorite scenes, while even reading a book, the first time, will just keep on going back and reading it. Ruby, dear, why are you so good with photos of blog ideas?

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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    1. I LOVED Percy Jackson when I was younger – such a good series! I also reread my favourite scenes (I've reread scenes from The Bone Season SO many times). And thanks aha!

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  6. So far, I think my most re-read books are Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, or The Secret Garden. I would constantly reread those three when I was younger. I used to reread a lot, actually, but after I started blogging/joined Goodreads, I didn't have a lot of time anymore. I probably should though, especially when it comes to series, because there are times when I start reading the third or fourth book in a series and can't remember what happened in the last installment! I loved this post. :)

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    1. Yes, I SO need to reread Crown of Midnight!

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  7. I only reread if I'm one, in a slump, two, need a comfort read and, three, have a sudden need to reread a certain book again.

    My most reread books are the Harry Potter series (of course!) and Divergent (read that about 6(+) times, I reckon)! :D

    Great post! Sidenote: I'm reading The Hobbit right now! xD

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    1. Ooh rereading is a good way to get out of a slump! Ooh I hope you like The Hobbit. :D

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  8. I re-read a LOT, more so before blogging because I had the time, then I was constantly re-reading - now I read if:
    a] I'm in a book slump [I re-read all my favourite books]
    b] I'm ill [all I want to do is re-read then]
    c] If a book in a series is coming out and I want to refresh my memory of what happened or just because I love the book and I have a sudden urge to re-read it. Basically if I'm in the mood for Harry Potter. Always.

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    1. I reread a lot before blogging too. :)

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  9. Let me just say this first
    I LOVE your blog!
    It's so cute and bright and I feel like talking to you about everything and anything about books :))

    Yes, there is that one book that I reread at least every year
    And that's the Time Traveler's Wife
    It's just that, the book makes me feel nostalgic, happy, sad, irritated, hopeful and each and every time, I always end up crying when I reach the end :))

    *grabs a roll of tissues because I remembered the ending* (sniffle sniffle)

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    1. Thank you! That's SO lovely to hear! :)
      I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife but I'm glad you've found a book you love rereading. :)

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  10. I don't reread much books, but after looking at this, i'll probably reread a few books that i love! I'm so embarassed, i think i've only reread the hunger games trilogy! XD

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    1. Haha I think I reread The Hunger Games trilogy too (before the first film came out)!

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  11. I don't reread too many books, but probably my most re-read book is Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. That one was a childhood favorite that I like to go back to once in a while. :) I've also reread The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce quite a few times.

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    1. I think the most re-read books seem to be ones from childhood!

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  12. I really don't reread books much ..... the most times I've read any book is Harry Potter, which I've read 3 times (all of them). Which I thought was quite a lot, until I saw on The Book Chewers someone saying she'd read them 30+ times .... O.o

    Apart from that, I re-read books a lot when I was younger - my Enid Blighton books were literally falling apart from being read so much - but now I don't. The only books I can think of that I've read more than once are How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff and the first few Narnia books (I read them when I was younger without finishing the series, and then went back to them last Christmas and read them all). However. I guess that's because, with some exceptions (HARRY POTTER), most of my favourite books are ones I've read in my teenage years so I've not had long enough yet before re-reading favourites. I have decided to start a fantasy re-read every Christmas though - 2012 was Narnia, last year was HP, and this Christmas shall be the Icemark and Inkheart trilogies. I am already excited!

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    1. I would say "30 times?!" but I just realised I've re-read them around three times every year since I started so I've re-read them almost as many times (whoops…)

      Ooh I LOVED Enid Blighton books when I was younger. Oh and at Christmas, I reread scenes from Narnia books but never the entire books. :)

      OH and I ADORED Inkheart when I was young – I think I'll reread that soon for purely nostalgic reasons hehe. :D

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  13. I try to wait until a series is over and binge-read it, but if I'm reading as it's published, I do re-read the previous books as each new one comes out. But I also re-read other books just because, though I don't do it as much as I used to. I stumbled across Goodreads about five years ago... before that, I spent most of my time re-reading just because I didn't know where to turn to find new books. Obviously I don't have that problem anymore, but I still try to make time to re-read.

    The book I've re-read the most (as an adult, anyway) is C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength, at five times. Then a whole smattering of books I've read 3-4 times, and lots more I've read "only" twice. (For the record, I've read the HP series three times... but I didn't read it until the whole series was out, so I didn't grow up anticipating each new release like so many others did.)

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    1. Yes, that's so true! Before I discovered Goodreads, I was so behind with new releases that did A LOT of re-reading!

      I grew up with HP, so that's why I've re-read it so many times!

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