On re-reading books.

I’m looking at my bookshelf right now, and I realized something:

I don’t re-read books. (Well, at least not since when I was around ten years old and read Let’s Get Invisible by RL Stine six times. I was a huge fan of the Goosebumps series. Especially the ones where you could choose your own adventure. Those were the best.)

But anyway, back on topic. I know a lot of people enjoy re-reading books. And there are so many times when I finish a book, or a series of books, and am so sad that it has to end. (Examples of this would be Harry Potter, Twilight, Before I Fall, Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy, and I suppose the list could go on.) However, I still don’t re-read them.

Then I started thinking about why. And here’s what I realized — there are so many amazing books out there. No matter how much I may have loved a book, I just think how if I read something new, I’ll have read that many more books in my life; been exposed to that many more potentially amazing stories.

Are you a re-reader? Or are you like me and don’t really re-read books? (Except for maybe one or two? 😉 Post in my comments and let me know what you do and why!



4 Comments on “On re-reading books.

  1. I am definitely a re-reader. I know that there are so many awesome books out there waiting to be read, but I consider it a treat to re-read a favorite. I've read my very favorite book over 50 times, and it never gets old. 🙂

    I'm also a big scene re-reader. I will re-read my favorite scene more often than the entire book.

    I don't consider it a favorite if it's not a book I want to re-read.

  2. I don't re-read either, with the exception of Dragon Prince (and only the first in the series).

    I think you're absolutely right about there being too many other amazing books out there. If you just re-read Harry Potter or Twilight, you may never have found Vampire Academy or Percy Jackson.

  3. @Tiffany — Exactly! With 126 books on my to-read list, it doesn't make much sense to re-read.

    @Ashley — 50 times?! Wow! What book is this? And I re-read scenes sometimes as well; especially paragraphs I thought were amazing 🙂

  4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Most of those rereads happened in elementary school, because I read the book back to back to back after my teacher read it to us in class.

    It's my favorite book of all time, not because it's necessarily the best book I've ever read, but because it's the book that taught me what reading is about.

    I have over 1500 books on my GR TBR, and I own almost 300 that I haven't yet read. But, I think it's important (for me) to reread my favorites. It's like catching up with an old friend. And, I read fast enough that it doesn't take that much time away from other reads.

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