I know how important, fun, and interesting it is to reread a book. I truly do. I used to reread Harry Potter all the time, always finding new little details or seeing things differently after a while. It showed how I’d grown or how my perspective had changed. But… I don’t feel like I can do it anymore.
The last time I reread a novel was last year and it was for a challenge I participated in. I reread a book from childhood, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, and it was fascinating to compare how differently I saw the whole story and the characters. Other than that and a few poetry collections I’ve reread this year, I just don’t feel up to it any longer. But, before you say how bad I am for not giving it a chance, let me explain my reasons!
1. My TBR’s worst nightmare
My TBR keeps getting longer and longer, so I feel like it will never diminish if I reread a book and that freaks me out. If I reread, I’m choosing a story I already know over ones that I haven’t read yet. That makes me think of all the books and stories I’m missing out on and I get nervous. Too many books, too little time!
2. My brain is saying “no”
I already read it, so there’s no surprise element. Because of that, I can’t concentrate enough to finish the book and my brain keeps telling me to do or read something else. I can reread certain passages or look for a part that I liked, but the whole book? I can’t do it! I mean, if there’s a plot twist, I already know it so maybe I can try to see what clues the author gave. But other than that, I don’t see how I’d focus on it and be able to finish it.
3. Tarnish a good memory
Imagine raving about a book constantly and, after years go by, you decide it’s time to reread it. Imagine now that you don’t like that book anymore. The horror! Some books I know I might not like the same as when I first read them, and honestly, I prefer to keep the good memory than to make sure.
Despite these three reasons, I’ve felt compelled to read a few books again. I blame (or thank, depending on where you stand) the online book community. I keep seeing people rereading favorite books and enjoying them as if it were the first time they read it. I admit it, I get jealous. I wish I could do it!
The main reason I don’t reread is because I’m afraid of not liking the book any longer, but I am well aware that the benefits of rereading definitely outnumber my reasons against it. What do you think?