Rereading: How? Why? When?

Hello readers, today I wanted to do something a little different. As you might have guessed from the title, I’m going to be talking about rereading books. Why do I reread books? When do I reread and how? I’m telling you all there is to know about my rereading habits.

While I was doing my 2017 wrap up, I realized it had been a big year for rereading. Harry Potter, Lady Midnight, ACOMAF… I’ve read many books for the second time this past year. And since many people have been asking me about it on Instagram, I thought it would be easier to talk about it here.

Why do I reread some of my books?

I’ve always enjoyed reading books multiple times. In fact, I have even read Twilight at least 10 times back then (oops). Today, I mostly read for two reasons :

1. I miss the book or the series

When I reread a book, it has to be a book I loved (obviously), and in which I want to dive back. I love rediscovering the story, and I especially enjoy discovering all the small details I might have missed the first time around. So, usually, I wait for a while before rereading a book, I wait until I miss the universe (which can take years).

Which is why, seven years later, I finally felt like rereading Harry Potter. It was an amazing experience. I felt like I was reading it for the first time, even though I have watched the movies a million times. And so, this year, I have decides to reread The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare.

2. I’m getting ready for the next book

As I’m sure all of you readers know, we often have to wait months, even years, for that highly anticipated sequel. And obviously, I tend to forget some of the things that happened in the previous book.  So for these books series that I absolutely adore, I love rereading the last book before the new one comes out.

This is why I reread Lady Midnight in preparation for Lord of Shadows, and ACOMAF to get ready for ACOWAR. It’s also why I’ll be rereading Illuminae and Gemina real soon… because Obsidio is coming!

But, once again, even when it’s to get ready for an upcoming release, I only reread books I adored the first time around.

How do I reread?

For me, rereading a book is an opportunity to have a different experience with the said book. I like to use that second read to read differently. So sometimes I switch from French to English, like I did with The Hunger Games a while back. And for my reread of The Mortal Instrument, I opted for the audiobook, just like I had for Harry Potter.

I actually listened to City of Bones a couple of weeks ago, and I LOVED that new experience! I really think that audiobooks are perfect for when you are reading a book for the second time and you just want to go back to that world. However, if you want to catch every little detail that you missed before, there’s nothing quite like a good old book 😉.

Lastly, I know that not everyone enjoys rereading. It’s not for everyone, and that’s alright.

Personally, I loved rereading books I loved, do you?

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