Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here].” Anyone else draw a blank for this week’s topic? I was going to go with several authors and maybe a book, but none of them felt right. Finally I settled on rereading because it’s something I’ve been doing more of in the last couple of years but it’s also something I don’t see a lot of bloggers really loving as well. So for this post I will be talking about why rereading is something I love. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. That affirming feeling – Yes, there are books that you may reread that aren’t as good as you remember. But then there are those books you love and when you visit them again, they fill you with the same kind of love and you know years and years from now you will continue to pick them up and treasure them.
2. Seeing your own growth – Sometimes rereads are a letdown, not because the book has changed but because you have. There are many many many books I loved in the past that I know are not as good as I remember. I am not afraid of this feeling, it’s something I embrace. I am okay with being a different person than I was five years ago. It’s actually a good feeling to me to know I have changed (and that I have better taste in books).
3. Love usually increases – When I pick up a favorite book and it is just as good the second time around, I fall even more in love with it. I will scream my head off about it more than I would books I loved reading once.
4. Finding something new to love – One of my favorite things about rereading is finding something in the story to appreciate more. Maybe it’s a character or a bit of world building, but I love having a better appreciation for these stories.
5. Following the author’s breadcrumbs – Kind of related to the previous point, this especially goes for books who have storylines that shock you. I love seeing how an author lays the trap for the reader when a book has a devious twist.
6. Comfort reads – You can’t have a comfort read unless you’ve read a book before and you know how it makes you feel. I love my comfort reads and in times when I just need something familiar and reliable, I reach for a reread.
7. Helps you out of a slump – I know for a lot of people rereading favorite books is a way to get themselves out of a slump.
8. Reminds me why I love reading – Sometimes I get stuck in that reading and blogging cycle where I am only reading to blog about a book and not stopping to really enjoy it. Rereads reminds me how much I love reading and sometimes I need this reminder when blogging gets a little stressful.
Since I only gave you eight reasons, here are a few books I have reread over the last year and continue to love. Do check them out if you haven’t already.
Do you like to reread books? What’s the last book you reread? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.