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The Importance of Re-Reading

I’ve always been a big re-reader, visiting my favorite books over and over again. It started way back in the day when I didn’t know where or how to find new books so I just ended up reading Harry Potter over and over and once I discovered Twilight, that was the next series binge re-read on a constant repeat. If I love something, I tend to make sure I revisit it multiple times, from books to movies to TV shows… and hey, we’ll even throw foods and desserts in there because when the “usual” is amazing, why bother straying?

Re-reading has always been really important to me, and the more books I read, the more important it feels to keep going back to the ones that I enjoyed so much! Over the years, I’ve learned how much I take away from re-reading and how much I enjoy it in so many ways.

My recent re-reads!


My brain is very much a long-term memory brain! I still remember phone numbers and addresses from my friends in elementary school. I once memorized 200 digits of pi for extra credit sophomore year of high school. If I repeat something enough, it sticks in my brain and it sticks HARD. If I read a book once, sure I’ll remember what it was about. Some excellent twists or points or characters might stick in my brain. But I know from personal experience, the more I repeat reading (and same goes for watching), the more I can stick things to my memory in clear, precise detail!

I had an old co-worker who would watch a TV show once and then relay half the episode to me the next day. I had trouble recalling what even happened on the episode until he reminded me! But I can recite my favorite movies to you all the way through, getting quotes and inflection exactly right because I’ve repeated them so many times. The same goes for reading, especially when I’m listening to audiobooks! I’ve listened to THE SCORPIO RACES six or seven times now and I can remember exact lines from the book in the narrators’ voices. Not only do I remember specific details, I actually can recite things with the audiobook too! There’s no way I could remember quotes without reading them (or listening to them) multiple times.

Re-reading is also SO helpful when I need to refresh my memory on a series! Before I started KING OF SCARS, I re-read all of The Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology! I had already read through the Shadow and Bone trilogy three times and Six of Crows twice but I wanted to read them again to get a better focus for the characters in KING OF SCARS and I knew I had forgotten SO much in just a couple of years. It was so helpful to read them all over again and remember specifically what happened, committing all those details to memory again!


Who doesn’t like to spend time with their favorite things? I can’t imagine reading a favorite book only once and never again. Sure, I’ve got a huge case of FOMO with all those books still on my TBR but if I know I loved a book so much, I simply HAVE to go back and read it again. I know there’s a reason I enjoyed it so much and I want to have that experience again, even if it’s not exactly the same as when I first read it (since sometimes nothing is ever the same as the first time)! I love the feelings that these special stories give me and I love being able to see new things about a book or character each time I read it! Sometimes I forget about something until I read it again, or I’ll realize something new about a relationship or a small Easter egg I never noticed before. There’s always something new to discover and see how much an author put into their work!


Sometimes I go through a streak of books that I don’t have strong feelings for or haven’t enjoyed. Picking up an old favorite is a guarantee that I’ll enjoy what I’m reading and since it’s usually a series that I’m re-reading so I have a few amazing reads all in a row!


Even if I’ve only read a book once before, a re-read lets me multi-task a little bit more and I don’t have to focus quite as much. Since I’m usually re-reading via audiobook, I can focus a little less on the book and a little more on work or whatever the task is at hand, still being able to read and follow the story but not having to discover a new world or meet new characters. My brain gets to relax just a little bit and I don’t have to focus on a brand-new read.

Do you do a lot of re-reading? Do you only re-read for series preparation or do you read your favorites over and over?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [12] – Re-Reading


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?