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Discussion: Rereadables

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Not everyone likes to reread books; for some, once is enough, or there are too many other stories waiting to be read to spend time reliving one you already know. I can appreciate that mindset. To a certain extent, I fit into the latter category these days. Between eARC's, new releases and all the unread books on my shelves, it seems unproductive to set aside the TBR pile for a story I already know.

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But those books that call to be reread are special. Like a favorite movie, despite knowing the story, the twists, the ending, you still want to watch it and enjoy it again. I have a lot of 4-star and a number of 3-star reads that fit into this category. Something about them makes me want to go back and read a page, a chapter, the whole thing.

I think, somewhere along the way, I've attached this "unproductive" stigma to rereading old favorites. (Which is totally illogical because goodness knows how much time I waste watching TV shows and movies I've seen before.) But sometimes, I think we need a break from the new to go back and enjoy the old.

I think going back to something you enjoyed and want to experience again, especially when you're in a reading slump--or need a break from a sewing project that's kicking your butt--is a great way to remember the joy of reading and strip away any added pressures. So, to the kids who keep returning to a beloved story in between new books, return away; to the teens who find that one book that speaks to them. keep the dialogue going; to the adults who want to visit with old friends in Narnia, Prince Edward Island or River Heights, have at it; and to the bloggers and reviewers hemmed in by time crunches and piles of new, feel free to step back, take a break and break out the old favorites.

And feel free to talk about those old favorites, too! The copyright year does not determine the quality of a book. ;) What books do you love to reread? Or, if you're not big on rereading, what books do you remember loving?

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  1. I was actually just thinking how I used to reread before I started blogging and that I should allow myself to reread now and then so I grabbed Dragonwing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and plan to reread it this month!

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  2. I used to re-read often before I started my blog. For certain series, if I read one book, I'd have to then read all the others with my favorite character in them, or the entire series. But now that I'm blogging, I rarely reread. Maybe one 'old' book a month if that. There's just too many new-to-me books I keep hearing about that I want to read and not enough time to go back to old favorites.

    I'm hoping once my TBR pile is not so huge, I can start rereading again.

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    1. I keep thinking the same thing...but I know realistically the TBR pile is never going to shrink, so I might just have to start making time for rereading. ;)

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  3. I love re-reading. It feels like coming home, like a special bond!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. It really does feel great! I know I'll be happy once I start. :)

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  4. I just reread the Phedre trilogy, and loved it. It is nice to visit one's favorite characters once in while. It made me appreciate the series even more.

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    1. It's especially great when those favorite characters hold up over time. Every once in a while I pick up an oldie I've been craving...and then wonder why I liked it in the first place. ^^;

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  5. I've never been much of a re-reader. It takes a book I really love for me to read it again. I usually reserve the 5 star rating for books that I would read again. But while I look at a book and think how I should read it again soon, I constantly choose a new book over it.

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    1. Exactly! Hesitation leads to thinking (a dangerous pastime, I know), which leads to remembering the giant TBR, which leads to never rereading. :(

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  6. I'm not especially big on re-reading... more like re-skimming. I'll read my favorite scenes/parts over and over again (usually the romantic ones), especially in NA/adult books.
    There are a few series I'd like to re-read all the way through though, starting with Finnikin. There just doesn't seem to be enough time!

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    1. I know what you mean. Usually when I'm thinking of rereading a book, I'm thinking of a particular part I want to read again. But yes, time. :(

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  7. I reread all the time. I said recently on twitter that the day I stop my blog there will actually be some relief because a lot of old friends are calling me, more each day.

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    1. It does feel like you can do a lot less rereading between reading new books for the blog and just keeping up the blog itself. Unless we build a time machine... >.>

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  8. I re-read books all the time. To me, a really good book is one that you want to re-read and one that you will make time for, even with a huge TBR pile. I understand feeling that it's "unproductive" when you blog--after all, how can you keep generating new content without new material to draw upon? But I still need to go back to certain books, to Narnia and Dante's Paraidise and Middle-earth. Each time I reread a book, I see something new, so it's really not a waste at all.

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    1. That's a great way to look at it! I'm working on overcoming the "unproductive" mindset, but it's definitely a work in progress.

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