Random Rants and Rambling #24 | Do You Re-Read?

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We all have our favorite books – some we may even dive back into because we loved the characters or the world. But I noticed lately that I don’t re-read very often like at all anymore, and I will actually skip on a sequel if I feel like I NEED to re-read.

This came to me when I was looking for series that I have yet to finish (thanks to Danielle and the series challenge) and there were 4 that I pushed aside because I felt like I would have to re-read the first book in order to finish the series.

Then, I really thought about it – and it’s more than just with series books. I hardly EVER re-read anymore. Why is that?

It’s just not the same the second time around

From forming attachments to characters, swooning for THE GUY or imagining yourself in the world – it is just NEVER the same the second time. For me anyway. This isn’t a standard rule, by any means – because I could probably go back and re-read A Thousand Pieces of You or The Infinite and still love it and not be bored. But I could not picture myself re-reading Twilight (baha) or say, The Moral Instruments.

I just spoiled myself

Just saying that makes me laugh. But you know what’s going to happen – and even though there are times that I want to be spoiled, I typically don’t. And I feel like re-reading something, knowing the outcome, lessens that level of intensity and emotion.

I don’t have the time

I just don’t. This isn’t just because of review books either. There are so many other ME books that I want to read – so why not read them vs something I already read?


I use to re-read all the time. Before we moved to a more populated area and I didn’t have to drive 15 miles in the mountains to go to the library, I didn’t really have a choice. (Also, no eReader). So, is because of life change? Or because of my options now? Or is it just growth of a reader? I don’t know.


Tell Me Your Thoughts

Do you Re-Read? Why or Why not?

If so, are there any books in particular that you like to re-read?

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17 thoughts on “Random Rants and Rambling #24 | Do You Re-Read?

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I used to re-read all the time also. And now when I think about it, I don’t even want to either. I totally agree that *most* books just aren’t as magical the 2nd time around. I’m not on the edge of my seat bc I KNOW what’s going to happen with the guy or what the secret is or whatever. I also don’t have time bc of the mountain of books that I WANT to read so badly 🙁 So when I contemplate re-reading (Harry Potter, for instance) I start feeling anxious… bc if I re-read a book it’s one less new book I’ll ever get to. Or something like that. I am envious of people who can read super fast and can re-read AND read all the other books!
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  2. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Haha! I didn’t even see this when I was writing my post. I totally agree with you about having sooo many unread books to read but lately I just look at those books and feel no desire to read them. I just re-read a series I haven’t read since 2013. And I felt like I was reading the 3rd book all over again. I couldn’t remember anything that had happened! LOL I loved it though.

  3. Danielle

    I never reread now and I would love to but since I started blogging I’m so concerned with getting review books read and not missing out on new releases. Lol I would love to read Twilight again and there are so many series I need to finish but feel a reread of early books would be necessary. Sorry bookish problems
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  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I don’t reread either. Mine is more due to having too many other books to read, which is sad because I think I’d like to. I don’t feel that about spoiling myself, only because if it’s been awhile since I’ve read, I probably will be too immersed to think much about it. Before I started blogging, I can’t tell you how many times I read certain books. Just because I didn’t really know what else was out there! LOL.
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  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I almost never re-read either. There are just so many amazing books to read, I can’t bring myself to spend time on one I’ve already finished once (oh, and your other reasons too – pretty much all of them). As far as series go, I LOVE Recaptains. SO helpful when you can’t remember what happened in that first book!
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  6. Lola

    Just like you I don’t re-read that often and mostly because of that last reaosn, why read a book you already read when you can read a book you haven’t read and then there are only so many books you can read each year.

    Although I would love to re-read more, while you already know what happens, the experience can still be fun and different because of that and I like how sometimes you notice new things youd didn’t notice before. Or earlier books in a series make more sense because you know where it’s going.

    I do dislike having to re-read a book before starting the next book in a series, I want to jumpt straight into the sequel. I like it when authors recap enough so you don’t have to re-read, but I also have read some books where I felt lost the first couple of chapter trying to remember everything from the first book. Great post!
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  7. Wendy @ Book Scents

    When I was younger I reread a LOT and loved it. Mostly just revisiting favorites or rereading before a release (yup, I reread each HP book before the newest one came out – i was hardcore. and I know you still haven’t read the whole series, SIGH) But anyway, what I love about rereading stories I love is re-experiencing and re-loving it all over again. I know what’s going to happen but I still love reading every word. Is that weird? Also I feel like I discover new things again when I reread, probably because I’m a fast reader and sometimes TOO fast, haha. I think it’s the same thing with movies for me. I know what’s going to happen but it doesn’t matter, I still love it.

    I haven’t done it as much since i started blogging because HELLO BOOKS. I have so many I want to read that who has time to reread right? But I did realize that I MISSED doing that because rereading a favorite is like.. relaxing and like a coming home feel. That’s why I did the reread challenge this year because I want to make time to reread favorites. Shoudl be interesting to see if I like them the same and if it held up over time or not. 🙂

  8. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    I often re-read. One, because I have horrible memory and I’ve forgotten half of it by the same I put a book down. So if you wait a year or two, I’ll have forgotten pretty much everything. That way, when I pick up a book again, I get to discover it all over again! And two, because I love diving back into old worlds, like Hogwarts. I could read the Harry Potter books over and over again.
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  9. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Personally, I don’t reread entire books. But if there’s a scene I love so much, I’ll reread that part over and over! I don’t have time to reread full books, either (schoolwork is killing me), nor do I have the patience to go through a book again once I’ve already done it. But rereading scenes–totally fine. In fact, when I have trouble going to bed or am getting a bit bored with my current read, I’d just pop open my Kindle and reread another scene from one of my favorite books. 🙂
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  10. Ardelia

    I went through a re-reading stage when I preparing for my comprehensive exams for my M.A. I rather enjoyed it. I was able to see the book differently and not have to worry so much about the plot. It let me pick up on little details that I missed the first time through.

    However, I don’t often re-read books anymore. I have a list of books I want to re-read, but I’d like to cross some books off my to read list before I start re-reading.
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  11. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    I don’t reread all that often, but only because it’s difficult to find the time to do it. Last year I started rereading some of my favorites via audiobook and, in most cases, I loved it. I actually found that it enhanced my reading experience and helped renew my love for the book. With some I even took away new and different things than the first time I read. The only time it was rough was when the narrator was questionable. 🙂 Sure, I knew how it all ended, but the journey was half of why I loved them originally and why I liked them just as much the second time around.

    Great topic choice! I’ve often wondered if others reread or not.
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  12. Jackie

    I actually do reread especially if it’s an author I really like or right before a book-to-movie adaptation comes out just to be able to compare. I think I reread mainly because of the nostalgic feelings I get while rereading and to help me get out of slumps. Recently, I’ve reread Sarah Dessen’s books as well as I’ve Got Your Number. Usually, I make it a rule not to reread too many books so I have time to read others, but while I’m at school, I reread so I don’t feel so anxious about putting a book down.

  13. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I don’t reread often but there are two series I’ve reread a few times, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I have a couple of other favorite series and I plan on rereading as some point. I’ve been saving them for when I get into a reading funk and need something I know I love to get me out of it.

  14. Elizabeth

    I re-read a lot as a kid, but never now. It may be because of more options as you suggested, it may be because, like any good junkie, I always have my next “fix” lined up. To re-read something I read several years ago isn’t a problem, because I’ve often forgotten a lot of it. But if I’ve forgotten, is it worth re-reading. I think books that aren’t mysteries are best to re-read. Something like The Help would be good because you would have a different perspective on it after reading it once. Sort of like seeing The 6th Sense a second time.

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