Hi friends! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet but I really wanted to throw out a question that’s been pressing on my mind recently: why don’t we reread books as often as we want to?
3 Reasons Why:
- First of all, I just realized that if add a 1 before the 3 it equals 13 reasons why. This is why math and I don’t get along.
- Because TBR. I don’t know about you guys but the voice at the back of my mind constantly saying “you could be slimming down that pile of yours” is really convincing and then I guiltily go back to my TBR. Or ARC I need to get read. Or buddy read or a book for a readathon or (shudders) a school book.
- Because I’m terrified the book won’t live up to the standards my memory has given me OR this book I love to hate will actually be good. There’s too many factors* going into rereading HONESTLY.
- Sometimes we just crave a new story. Like, sometimes I want to revisit the world but I know every scene and every plot twist in the story and it takes away the enjoyment.
*I tried long and hard to find a different word that was not math-ish but I failed. Sadly.
All of these reasons are valid.
They’re also not.
Because if we enjoy a book, there shouldn’t be any guilt pushing us to not read it. I also think one of the reasons 2 happens is because of 1. If we reread books more, then maybe we all wouldn’t be living in constant fear that our opinions have changed over time, if that makes sense? Carving out time for what makes reading truly a joy is something I personally need to work on. And finally, new stories are great. But you can’t deny the urge to run into the arms of your favorite stories, worlds, characters.
Because that’s part of what makes reading so great, the new but also the old.
Of course, if you choose not to reread books, that’s perfectly okay! Sometimes, though, we want to reread but something is stopping us. Tell me your thoughts on this!