Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Rereading Books

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.

60 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Rereading Books

  1. I don’t tend to re-read, but I love the idea of revisiting comfort reads (this is what I’d do most if I did re-read) and also like your reason of finding something NEW in a re-read. I find this to be so true when I re-watch a favorite film. 🙂

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  2. I don’t re- read nearly as much as I used to, but I agree it’s so nice to revisit old favorites. You’re right, sometimes they don’t have the same magic, but other times they do or I discover things I missed the first time or forgot. In fact there are some books even on my list this week that I’ve read a few times and they’re absolute favorites!

    I love what you said for #2 as well, about growing as a reader. So true!

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  3. As I have a never-ending TBR Pile , I don’t tend to re-read. In saying that I have a couple of books that I have ended up re-reading but it is very rare as I feel once Ive read a book – I know what’s going to happen and the enjoyment of finding out whats going to happen has vanished. That excitement of the unknown ending and the twists and turns is what gets me excited when reading.

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  4. I love doing rereads. I have a few books that I reread every year or every other year because I just love them so much and love to return to this world and those characters. And still it’s like I find something new in those books everytime, either because I forgot about details or because I haven’t been paying attention enough. It’s like books change everytime you read them. Great post! 🙂

    My TTT post

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  5. I generally don’t like rereading books because there are so many awesome books out there yet to read. However, when I occasionally do, I like to see the growth in myself. I’m encouraged that I’ve grown wiser or more insightful or that my vocabulary has improved.

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  6. Great list! Re-reading is something I’ve started doing again – it was loving The Goblin Emperor so much and wanting to read it again each year that started it for me, and I’ve loved it – but I used to re-read constantly when I was younger and I think it’s an experience we can really miss out on as adults if we never re-read. Realising how far in advance an author was planning those plot twists we didn’t see coming, or perhaps even appreciating characters more we didn’t love as much the first time around because we’ve changed as people, is so much fun.

    I’m determined to read Empire of Sand this year!

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    1. Yes, so much to all of this. Sometimes I will pick up a book again and be drawn to a different character or thing I didn’t really appreciate the first time around. Yes, please read Empire of Sand. It’s the best and there is a good chance I am going to pick it up again this year.

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  7. I definitely used to re-read books way more often. I’m trying to make room for it again though. I love re-reading the Harry Potter books, and I’m slowly doing that now with the illustrated versions. I used to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower once a year, and I always related to or understood new things each time and I love that!!! I re-read a favorite late last year called Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  8. I hardly ever reread books, but five reasons you listed are great ones to do so! I may reread PJO soon because of the new show

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  9. I didn’t use to re-read at all. Then, I started “re-reading” by listening to a book the second time. I have to say I’ve got a new appreciation for it over the past year. I want to do more re-reading and most of your reasons are the reasons why. Great topic!

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  10. I love that people reread and given the reasons you gave, I can see why you love it so much. It’s ust not really for me although there are a few I’ve read several times. I can think of Little Women and The Shining right off the top of my head.

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  11. Nice list! I don’t re-read books as often as I would like. I’ll admit sometimes I shy away from some books because I don’t want to ruin the feeling I had the first time I read it. But maybe this isn’t a bad thing. As you said, it just means means I’ve changed. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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  12. I JUST finished re-reading the first of the Wingfeather Saga. Great little 4-book fantasy read by an indie author. It was well worth my time. I’ll be posting a review of it next Monday. Thanks for sharing!

    My TTT if interested! Peace, Matt

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  13. I love rereading, too! I just finished rereading The Lunar Chronicles for at least the third time. I love being immersed in stories I love, and also finding all those little bits I missed the other times I read a book.

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  14. I love rereading! It’s really comforting, like visiting an old friend, and you notice so many details that you missed during the first read. I reread Harry Potter a lot growing up, and I’ve read The Night Circus so many times.

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  15. I love this so much! I also really enjoy finding something new to love during a re-read! That’s definitely the case with me with a few of my favorite “self-help-ish” books! 🙂 It’s great to see what helps in different stages of life!

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