Pros and Cons of Rereading

Hello loves!

Not sure how others feel, but sometimes I love rereading books and other times I’m too scared to reread my favorites. I’ve decided to make a list of some pros and cons of rereading! I’ve reread the Harry Potter series multiple times and it feels like the books just get better and better as time goes on. The older I get the more I can appreciate the complexities of the story. I’ve also reread Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, one of my favorites. I was terrified to read this in case I didn’t love it as much! Without further-ado, here are a list of pros and cons that I am sure you’ve heard of many, many times πŸ™‚

You get to experience the world and characters again \\ There is something amazing about jumping back into the world again. I love experiencing the world over and over again. Finding my way into Hogwarts never gets old!

You notice foreshadowing and other things you didn’t notice the first time reading \\ I don’t pay much attention to the details of a story. I’m more focused on the journey it’s taking me on. When I reread books I start to question why certain things are happening. Or I start to notice foreshadowing that was right in front of my face.

There is something comforting about it \\ Sometimes it feels like visiting old friends. When I reread, I feel like the characters just get me and it comforts me. Sometimes meeting new people (characters) can be intimidating so reading something you’re familiar with is comforting.

You remember small details so reading the next book in the series is easier \\ I don’t know about you but I hate that it takes a year or longer for sequels to come out. I always forget what happens in the first book. Rereading it makes it nice to remember what happened in that first book! πŸ˜€

You already know what’s going to happen \\ Sometimes knowing what happens takes the joy out of the story. There is no suspense, no excitement. Sometimes this can be pretty boring. Not always but sometimes! XD

You don’t love the book as much as you did the first time \\ This one terrifies me and prevents me from rereading a lot of books. There are so many older books that I absolutely loved that I don’t want to reread because I’m scared I’ll end up hating them. I’m scared I’ll hate them because I have different tastes. There are some younger books that I loved that I know I won’t like much now because of instalove or immaturity, etc. I need to get out of the funk just so I can appreciate what I use to like when I was younger.

You don’t get to read all of the new books coming out \\ Sometimes rereading can prevent you from reading all of the new books constantly being released because you’re busy reading a book you already know the lines to. This one also prevents me from rereading. I want to read ALL the books!

What are your thoughts? Do you like rereading? Do you hate it? Why or why not!? Let me know down below πŸ˜€

18 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Rereading

  1. If it’s a good book, I can read it over and over again! I notice something new everytime I read a book over, and something I noticed before might take on a new meaning this go round. Probably, because of new life experiences that you have gone through in the interim.

    I havent been reading as much lately, but usually try to stick to story lines that have a struggle that is overcome. No sad endings for me! 😊

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    1. I feel this way too! I LOVE how books can take on new means as life changes and you experience new things! I can only read sad endings when I’m really in the mood for them!

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  2. This is an interesting discussion! I very rarely read a book twice as I feel like reading a book a second time takes away the thrill of the first reading. But I like your idea that knowing what’s going to happen can also be a benefit as you can pay more attention to foreshadowing or small details. That’s something I’ve never really thought about, but you’re so right!

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  3. I love doing rereads, especially if I knew I loved the book the previous time. Sure, there’s always the risk of not enjoying it anymore, but returning to the characters and world are always comforting and at least I’ll always have that πŸ™‚ I don’t do it often though since there are just so many new releases to catch up on and it’s always nice to discover new favorites!πŸ˜‚

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  4. I have such a weird relationship with rereads because I just get so anxious doing a reread if I know there’s other books I want to get to!! I totally agree with not loving a book as much as when you were younger!! That happened to me with Twilight, haha! It’s always nice to know that you can dive back into an old favorite for comfort though, I’d love to be more of a rereader one day (:

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  5. I love rereading so much! It definitely gives me comfort and I love revisiting the worlds and characters so much, which I’ve really noticed this year since I’ve been doing way more rereading than usual… need something familiar in 2020 lmao

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    1. I don’t blame you! 2020 has been crazy and there’s so much uncertainty in this time. It’s nice to have books you can fall back on that you know you love πŸ₯°

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  6. I don’t reread much but recently I tried it so that I can finish some of the old series I have and that’s actually pretty helpful (especially since I already forgot some of the things that happened in the previous books).
    I definitely agree that rereads sort of takes out the excitement especially if the book has a big reveal but also goes quite well with your pro of actually seeing the foreshadowing! πŸ˜€

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    1. I feel like I’m wasting so much time rereading a book just so I can read the 2nd book. But if i don’t I don’t remember anything!!! Lol πŸ˜†

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  7. Your thoughts are the same as mine on rereading! I used to reread ALL THE TIME when I was in school. I guess mostly because (1) HP rereads are the best experience ever and (2) I didn’t have that many new books available to me. Ofc, there was a library but rereading favorites was just so comforting! And booktube wasn’t yet created to make me want to read all the books in the world.

    Now, I don’t remember the last time I reread anything. Mostly because I’m scared I won’t like the book as much as I did the first time and there is an endless stream of new books!

    However, I’m actually considering to reread The Rage of Dragons before the release of the 2nd installment in November. πŸ™‚

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    1. I use to reread Twilight because that was the only book on my bookshelves at the time. This was also before I joined the book community XD It’s kind of sad now that I think about it LOL

      I hope you enjoy The Rage of Dragons just as much the 2nd time around, Alex!!!

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  8. I love how you captured both sides here! I definitely reread at least 3 books a year. Mainly for comfort, because sometimes I like the predictability of a book. But I definitely get hung-up about the fact that I’m rereading an old book when I could be reading a book from my 150+ tbr pile!!

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    1. Yes!! I feel that too! I feel guilty sometimes that a book I’ve already read is getting my attention again when so many books on my shelves haven’t gotten my attention once yet XD

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