Something you all quite possibly know about me is that I love rereading books. I believe that the best thing that can happen upon finishing a book is knowing that, yes, I’ll definitely get back to this novel because it was too good not to be devoured again and again... and maybe a few times after that.
However, I do know that rereading books has some cons that are especially hard to swallow - like, thinking about all your shiny new books that are left unread while you're spending your time on ones you've already read. Despite this I fully believe that rereading your favorite books is worth your time and effort.
Why is that?
Rereading is not only super-fun but it can also make you love certain books more than when you first read them. What do you mean, you might be asking,
and I hear effing Justin Bieber's voice *sobs*.
For starters, we change a bit every single day - meaning, I see the world in a totally different light today than I did when I was 14 years old. Maybe, just maybe, you'll discover new messages, new morals in your old favorite books and wonder how in the hell you've never seen those before. Or, perhaps, you'll be able to relate to the characters more because you've lived through similar issues as they're battling in their books.
We also learn new things - at school, work, wherever - that might help us get more invested in a story than prior to knowing properly all this stuff. For example, I believe you can fully enjoy a Historical Fiction about the II. World War with minimal history knowledge. However, without doubt it'll have a different effect on you if you reread it after you researched that certain time. Again, you might see things you completely overlooked when you first read it.
As an avid reader I know just how attached we, booklovers, can get to our favorite characters and stories, and, as a rereader, I'm perfectly aware of how amazing it can feel to revisit these characters and their world.
I'm not going to lie, this can go in both ways and you might be left with a sour taste in your mouth, not knowing if you should lower your rating, or, in remembrance to your younger self, leave it as it is.
I nearly always go with the second choice, if you're wondering . This rarely happens, though, because rereading also has a nostalgic feelings to it, for me at least. I think that remembering the person you used to be when you first read a certain book might make the poor writing or the cheesy storyline bearable.
There are some unforgivable and inexcusable things in books. Among other things, when issues, such as slutshaming, bullying and racism are made to look acceptable and/or even seem to be encouraged by the author. But in these cases it's better anyway that you had the chance to see these issues you missed before, and, perhaps, even write a negative review explaining to the world what is exactly wrong with the said book.
What I love the most about rereading is that it can get me out of any reading slump and lift my mood even on the darkest days. You might say that the latter is true to yet unread books, as well, but I have to disagree - you can never know for sure that you'll enjoy a certain book.
Tip: Try rereading a light and fun book, for starters, and definitely don't give yourself a hard time over skipping "the boring parts". Rereading is purely for you to feel good - even if you're rereading the saddest book ever - so don't stress over it. If you don't feel like it anymore, only read you absolute favorite parts or put down the book altogether.
There are times when even our favorite books don't work for us.
Do you like to reread? Why?/Why not?