My Latest Bookish Addiction [12] – Re-Reading

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Re-Reading

I’ve been re-reading a lot of books lately. Before I was a blogger, I re-read books ALL THE TIME. Literally. Those were all of my reads. I was constantly re-reading Harry Potter and sometimes the Twilight saga. I never really paid attention to new books other than what my sister was reading and what my friends were reading from time to time and I barely had half a shelf full of books that I actually owned and kept and those were my re-reads.

Since I became a blogger, I obviously haven’t had as much time for re-reads, but I also don’t want to forget all of the books that made me fall in love with reading. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of re-reads, most of them via audio (I even made a previous My Latest Bookish Addiction post on my love of audiobooks!) and I’ve been finding that’s a great way to experience my favorite books in a new way to experience them for a second time.

Re-reads have always been really important to me and I’ve been in a few reading slumps lately… Nothing big but sometimes I just end up not feeling my current book and for some reason… it’s been happening a lot lately. What to do, what to do? Pick up a re-read!

It all started a while ago when I felt the need to re-read Harry Potter again. It’s probably been… well, YEARS since my last re-read and those books need to be read way more often than that. I had heard good things about the audio so I decided to try them and just love them! I’ve been making my way though the series (Order of the Phoenix up next!) and ever since then I’ve been picking up a LOT more books to re-read (mostly via audio) as well.

In the last year, I’ve re-read quite a few books and it’s SUCH a good feeling. It’s so nice to remember what I loved about these books and how they made me feel. It’s so fantastic to spend time with them again and to see different things in them that I didn’t recognize the first time around because I was focused on a different aspect of the book when I first read it. Even re-reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time, I find something different in each book each time I read them. How I read a book and what I see not only changes because I already know some of the basics and don’t have to focus as much on them, but also my reading styles and interpretations change with age.

I’ve read quite a few books for the second (or third… or fourth… or more) time recently and honestly with each re-read, I appreciate the book a little bit more. I might not be as amazed and astonished as I was the first time around but I learn different things about the book that I might not have seen before and I get to spend more time with the characters that I love and the worlds I wish I could experience even more!

So tell me! Do you find yourself wanting to re-read some of your favorites? Do time and dedication to other books hold you back? Or do you make the time to spend some time with your favorite books?

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15 thoughts on “My Latest Bookish Addiction [12] – Re-Reading

  1. Amanda @ Book Badger

    I would love to be able to re-read some books and I so totally would as well, if I wasn’t trying to make sure there’s content out a lot of the time, which means new reviews, but I’m hoping that next year I can start re-reading books a little more, giving them a new feel and reigniting my love for them when I’m in slumps, like I’m still currently getting out of, so here’s hoping! I love this post though, actually, I tend to love all of yours 😉

  2. Andi

    I’m a huge rereader. I feel like I can get though a book I have already read faster so I don’t feel bad throwing it in here and there when I should be reading other things. More a while I reread A Walk to Remember and Catcher in the Rye every year. That has since changed and I make sure to reread Anna and the French Kiss once a year if not twice (hence having read it 8 times). I also like to reread books before the movie comes out. Because of this I will be rereading Mockingjay and If I Stay and possible Maze Runner.

  3. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I love re-reading! Granted, I don’t do much of it these days, since I started blogging. But I definitely love it! And I often like to re-read when I’m in a slump too. I even have books that I go to when I am in a reading slump. Like Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. I love that book, even though it really isn’t an amazing book. But it’s comfortable, fast paced, and fun, and it helps me get out of a slump.

    And I also like re-reading in a different format. When you have narrator it can really change the feeling of the book, and I enjoy that. You definitely can’t read Harry Potter too many times 🙂

  4. Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot

    Omg! I love this post because this has actually been a pressing issue for me lately! I want to reread the Harry Potter series so badly, among other books, but I keep thinking I need to read new books. There’s just so many new books that I want to read that I can’t help feeling guilty that I’m rereading older books. It’s ridiculous! I know! But I just can’t help it. I just have to stop reading all new books and make time for rereads as well. I think listening to audiobooks is a great idea! I’ve been considering listening to The Book Thief sometime soon because I’ve been meaning to reread it. Lovely post, Brittany!

  5. Amanda

    I actually just got Siege & Storm from the library yesterday for a re-read so this is good timing for me. I look at re-reading as my comfort reading. I love the books that I’ve read so many times I can just open them in the middle and go-books like HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban. I also love when its been so long since you’ve read a book that you have forgotten the twists and can be surprised all over again.

    This is a great topic to think about-I do need to make more time for those books!

  6. Alexa S.

    God, yes! I’ve really enjoyed rereading some of my favorite books this year. It’s seriously such a fun thing to do, and to experience it differently every single time. I think it’s definitely something I’ll prioritize doing! Glad you’re feeling the same way.

  7. Katie @ Polished Page-Turner

    I am glad I am not the only one who has been all about rereading lately. I have been loving it for a series binge before the last book. I was telling someone I like doing this because this will be the last time I can read the first book(s) without knowing how it all ends. There is something special about that. Plus there is no greater feeling than knowing you are going to love a book.

  8. amyo3119

    I rarely ever re-read books, but I wasn’t a huge re-reader before either. I re-read the Hunger Game series this year and just loved it. It told me I need to at least make time for a few re-reads in a year!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Oh yay! I re-read The Hunger Games trilogy too and they were even more interesting the second time around I think! I think re-reads are so much fun 😀

  9. Estelle

    I have been rereading the most this year and it’s amazing. I just read all of Miranda Kenneally’s books in a row, and a few others throughout the year and yay. It feels so good to just pick what I want when I want and not care and to RELIVE these worlds and these characters who I just love love love. Something old can def feel new again. I’m glad you are doing it too!

  10. BarefootMedStudent

    As a rule I actually dislike re-reading. I have so many books I want to read that I struggle to bring myself to re-reading! Same with movies.
    HOWEVER, last year I re-read The Little Prince, because I first read it at the age of 7 and hardly remembered anything about it – except for the elephant-in-snake. I definitely didn’t remember that dark ending.
    And this month I’ve been participating in “Harry Potter Month” and I’m re-reading the Harry Potter books! YAY and I am SO GLAD I’m doing it. I’m listening to them in audio though, whereas I first read them thirteen years ago.

  11. Erin @

    Oh, definitely. I re-read books all the time, to the point where there are periods where I re-read books more than I read new ones. I have a lot of books on my bookshelves, so at night I’ll just pull random books down and start all over again. I love how you can always find details that you missed before that make the second reading sometimes even better than the first.

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