Why I Never Reread Books

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Hello, lovelies! I know I’ve been a bit inactive on here, I’m still struggling with answering to your comments and I have no idea when I’m going to finally blog-hop. It’s mostly because I’m writing my thesis for college and I’m also trying to get ahead on some projects. It’s a bit hectic, I hope you’ll understand.

I’m back with another discussion about my reading habits and this time we’ll talk about how I’m a bookish weirdo that never rereads. I know I’ve mentioned it briefly in certain comments or posts, but I never talked about it more and what’s behind it. So here we go…

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   Every bookworm on the planet seems to love rereading. They say it’s a great way to discover new aspects of a favorite book that you might have missed on your first read. They love getting lost in familiar fictional worlds, the characters of the book they are rereading already feeling like old friends that can offer great comfort in life-or-death situations (such as a reading slump – also known as the greatest curse that can be inflicted on a reader by the reading gods).

It all sounds amazing, right? In theory I should love rereading as I’m not very focused on details during my first read and I miss lots of important clues that other more analytical readers are quick to point out. I also get reading slumps constantly and rereading favorite books is considered the best way to get over one in the bookish community. I should jump on this rereading wagon right now because of these reasons.

          What’s stopping me though? Well, I think one of the main reasons why I don’t reread my favorite books is the fear of not liking them the second time around. What if I’ve been completely obsessed with a book for years, recommended it to everyone plus their cats and then I reread it and nothing is the same? I don’t love the plot-twists anymore, the world-building doesn’t make sense anymore, all the characters don’t seem as cool as the first time. What if the book turns from a five-star read to a mediocre three-stars read or even worse to a dreadful two-stars book? As a mood reader, I think that could easily be my reality and I’d rather not risk it as I’m not sure I could cope with that.

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Another reason is the fact that thousands of books are being published every year, my to-read pile is so huge that I can’t see anything past it. Absolutely nothing. It’s bigger than my life aspirations, actually. How can I not become anxious when I chose to reread something when there’s so little time and so many books out there in the wild? I don’t know how bookworms ignore the side-eyes of the unread books on their shelves so easily. Please teach me your ways.

          I also think that knowing everything from the most shocking plot-twists to the endgame couple puts me off rereading a bit.

If you’re like me, you might wonder if I found an alternative to rereading because there are serious and incontestable advantages to rereading from revisiting a much beloved fictional world to understanding the complexities of your favorite series. Well, some of my bookworm friends suggested a solution: rereading only portions of the book instead of rereading the full book or focusing on your favorite scenes or quotes. I think this advice is actually very helpful if you’re like me, too impatient to read the whole book again or afraid of not enjoying it as much the second time. This way you get the good stuff: you protect yourself from disappointments, you don’t waste a lot of time that you might otherwise spent on your unread books and you get to immerse yourself in your favorite book once again – on your own conditions.

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Do you love rereading?

What is your advice for me since I’m so afraid of rereading?

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77 thoughts on “Why I Never Reread Books

  1. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    This is such an interesting post! I actually wrote a post earlier this year about how I have the opposite problem – I reread way too much! 😅 I really liked being able to see your view on the matter. And I can definitely understand wanting to get to as many books as possible!!

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  2. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    This is meeeee i so relate!!! Well…me in the last year. Before I started blogging I was a rereading monster! (seriously i’ve read the hp books 10 time each)

    Now…well now I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR IT. Too many books on my TBR…and also I get bored rereading. Idk why but I feel my attention slipping and I skim. But yes yes to what you said about rereading fave paragraphs!!!

    And HA I’m not worried about disliking older 5 star books because I just give everything 3 stars anyway 😂. Advantages of being an actual Grinch – you find no joy so you have no joy to loose.

    I’ve wanted to reread The Raven Cycle and The Foxhole Court recently but school hates fun so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    • Marta says:

      Everybody tells me that they’ve reread the HP books like crazy and I can’t relate because I’ve read them for the first time when I was like 17 years old. I was so late to that wagon *hides away in shame*
      RIGHT??? I even feel bored even while reading books that have movie adaptations I’ve already watched. Because I already know what’s going to happen and it’s meh. I need to be surprised.
      You’re not a Grinch, you’re the sweetest human being in the galaxy ❤
      I've always wanted to read The Foxhole Court as well, but never got to it :((((

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  3. David Boone (moonhawk81) says:

    I like the advice your friends offered: reread only favorite portions of books already read. Although I frequently reread books, myself, I understand their logic. I wrote a post about a similar approach with anime back in March, 2017, when I discussed rewatching certain episodes for emotional support: [https://anotheranimereview.com/2017/03/29/anime-pick-me-ups/].

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    • Marta says:

      I’m sure the advice works perfectly with movies/animes/tv shows as well! I love re-watching my favourite movies whenever I’m in a bad mood or need some support. I think it’s the familiarity, I have no idea why that doesn’t work with books as well. Probably because I’m impatient.

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    • Marta says:

      Ah, I think picture books would be very easy to reread. I might do it as well whenever I feel a reading slump coming and don’t feel like reading anything new.
      I’m glad you could relate to the post! ❤

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  4. Fadwa @ Word Wonders says:

    I’ve never reread a book in my life (besides Harry Potter) until this year and I started loving it. Especially when I feel like I’m slumping. There’s this bizarre thing about me where I’ve only started finding favourite books when I started readind diversely so all my favourite books are from the past two years, which means I’m not *too* scared about rereading them.
    Great post!

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Fadwa! ❤
      I really hope I'll have one of these 'HA' moments soon where I'll get over my fears of rereading and actually start loving it. Until then, I'll just try to tackle my TBR and try to read fast-paced books for slumps. (I would have used rereading for slumps and emotional support as well) That's amazing and I'm really happy for you!!! Diverse books are everything! ❤

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  5. lifeinkarolingston says:

    I would love to reread some of my favourite books. I’ve done it in the past. However, I read so many new books that I have not got time for rereading. Interesting post! 😊

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  6. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice says:

    Great post & discussion!! 💞 I don’t usually reread books either, for the same reasons! My TBR pile is always growing and I don’t want to (airquote) “waste my time” rereading an entire book, because I have so many new books I’d like to read. I completely agree with your friends’ advice, though! I’ve reread portions of my favorite books before and I love doing so, since it allows me to revisit the world and characters I fell in love with, without taking up a lot of time. ☺️

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Dezzy! ❤
      I'm glad you tried the method and it was effective, I'll make sure to try it more since it's been helpful for someone who doesn't reread at all like me.
      I think I'm so afraid of rereading because there's always a release coming up that I absolutely want to read and I just can't reread something when it feels like I'm postponing on that new release :((

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  7. Annie Earnshaw says:

    I’ve definitely felt pressure to read new releases and stay up-to-date on what’s current while also divulging in annual rereads of my favorite books. It IS nice to sometimes go back and reread your favorites, but I agree that I mostly read new releases. I’ve been rereading a good bit of my childhood favorites (Harry Potter, Ally Carter) this year and have enjoyed it, but definitely feel like I’m behind!! This also speaks to the seemingly compulsive need to read current books: there’s so much pressure to stay current, and that totally have its pros and cons.

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    • Marta says:

      I agree with you that there’s definitely a pressure to read current releases and be up-to-date especially since we’re book bloggers and we’re supposed to read the newest releases. I think my issue is that my all-time favorite books – the ones who make me nostalgic – are very heavy. I’m talking here about Lord of the Rings, I don’t see myself rereading them anytime soon because they are very heavy on descriptions and everything. But I might reread something lighter like The Winner’s Curse.
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  8. Shannon @ Shelfish For Books says:

    I don’t retread books very often – for all the same reasons! 😊 Maybe if I didn’t need to sleep, there would be enough time in the day for me to read what’s on my TBR and still reread some old favourites, but alas 😁

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    • Marta says:

      HAHA, YES! I don’t get enough sleep as it is, so there’s little to no hope to ever finding some extra time for rereading. That’s very sad because I sometimes feel like I’m missing out on it since everyone seems to love rereading.

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  9. Kelly says:

    I very rarely reread books, with the exception of Harry Potter, for the same reasons you mentioned. How can I reread a book when there are so many others that I haven’t read? I always feel a little bit guilty if I do reread a book when my TBR is so high. I do tend to reread my favourite moments from my favourite books, especially when I’m in a reading slump, and it does tend to work. It doesn’t take away from the magic I felt when I read the book the first time around and it reminds me of the reason I love reading in the first place, so it’s a win-win situation.

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    • Marta says:

      Everyone seems to love rereading Harry Potter, I feel like it wouldn’t be as nostalgic for me since I’ve read the books quite late, three years ago or something among those lines? It’s quite sad. I’m glad to hear that this method of rereading certain parts works for us, non-rereaders in reading slumps. I have to try it next time I get a reading slump.
      Thank you very much! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Ah, yes, blogging certainly changes our reading habits all the time. I think blogging made me read so many more new releases than I usually did, rereading has always been something I haven’t done. Thank you very much! ❤

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  10. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

    I don’t re-read too! And for many reasons. One is that every month there are amazing new books waiting for me, but also tons of backlisted one. Also, my memory tenmds top be quite strong, so if I really loved a book, when I start to read… I already know everything? How am I supposed to enjoy something I already know that deeply?
    And also yes, some books I read in the past made zero effect on me once I re-read them

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    • Marta says:

      I have the issue with remembering everything and things not being as enjoyable the second time around as well. I tend to forget the details, sometimes even important things like characters’ names or things like this, but I remember all the plot twists, the intrigue, it’s just not fun anymore when you already know what’s going to happen.

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  11. may says:

    good luck with your thesis!!! i hope things arent too stressful for you ❤

    this is such a great discussion post. in theory rereads would TOTALLY guarantee a 5 star but yes i think we become more analytical the second time around and sometimes even get bored bc we know how everything's already going to go down.

    i HARD agree with not wanting to reread bc you could be reading so many great new books for the first time but then there's also the thought that they might be disappointing lol its a vicious cycle.

    up until this year i was very opposed to rereads but i was so busy earlier in the year that when i went to read i wanted something comforting and quick, so i ended up rereading a lot haha. along with your friends's wonderful advice, i would also suggest rereading books that you 'forgot' the majority of the plot. it was a good place to start for bc that way you can enjoy it without feeling too bored (benefits of goldfish memory lol)

    sorry for the essay but i really enjoyed this post and i hope you have an awesome month ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, May! ❤
      The thesis is alright, I'm still writing the introduction part, which is the longest and once I'm done with it, I'll get to collecting data and putting up Google forms and analyzing statistics and things like this. Somehow, I like researching the scientific literature quite a lot (something that most of my colleagues find boring and tedious, I guess it's my bookworm/nerd side).
      YES, definitely! I think I'm getting mostly bored because even though I don't remember details, I know that something is going to happen – I remember the plot-twists and I just ugh, it takes a lot of the fun away.
      YES, I also want something comforting and fast when in a reading slump, I usually try romances or picture books and that's why I've never felt the need to reread.
      Aw, no need to excuse yourself, I love looong comments, it makes it obvious that you read my post and liked it! Thank you very much for that! And I hope you have a great month as well! ❤

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  12. emmareadstoomuch says:

    ahh hope your thesis is going ok!!

    this is a v v interesting post. i used to never reread because i just wasn’t interested?? i had other books i hadn’t read yet i wanted to read. but in the last couple years i’ve become totallyyyy addicted to it. & there are definitely times when i reread favorites and then just…don’t like them?? but i also kind of like that, too. b/c i hate the idea of a book having a high rating on my shelves due to an outdated opinion!!

    anyway. i think it’s so funny to hear people’s thoughts on this subject, b/c they’re all so different!

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    • Marta says:

      I’ve written 1/3 out of my introduction, I have to start writing the next part of it, my coordinator said it was okay. So, I guess I’m on track. Thank you very much, Emma! ❤
      That's so great!! I really hope I'll start loving rereading as well because I want to be able to read my favorites and some other books that I don't think I'd enjoy all that much the second time around to get them off my favourites shelf as you pointed out. I guess my memory just doesn't let me because I remember too much from the plot and it doesn't seem all that exciting 😦
      Same, I love hearing different views on any bookish subject, I think it's so cool how all of us have various habits. I love it!

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  13. auroralibrialis says:

    Really interesting post! I love rereading books, but I don’t do it as often as I want to because my massive TBR pile side-eyes me. I find it so interesting that you don’t reread cause you’re not sure you’ll love the book as much, cause that’s one of the reason I do reread. I’m always so curious to see if my favorites are as wonderful as I remember (they usually are) and if they’re not, I don’t think that has to take away my fondness for them. It just means I’ve changed as a reader, but it doesn’t change the love I felt for the book the first I read it 😊 I’m so with you on not rereading to get out of slumps though, knowing what happens takes some of the urgency out of the reading experience and that’s the last thing I want if I’m in a slump.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Aurora! ❤
      I guess I'm overthinking as always! When I've said that I'm afraid of rereading because I might not like my favorite books anymore, I was mostly thinking of my 2013-reads shelf that is full of fantasy books that might be very lame for someone reading them the first time in 2018. I'm a bit afraid of revisiting those books because ughhhh, I wasn't as picky as now back then.

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  14. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    A great thought-provoking post. I don’t reread either, mostly because of your second reason, so many other books to read but I do still keep my highest rated novels because I think I’m going to reread them in the faraway future :-). It’s probably just a crazy idea but who knows :-).

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  15. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    This is a great post, and as much as I love re-reading and want to do more of it each year I get what you mean about how there are reasons for not re-reading books. My TBR list seems to grow longer every single second, there are just so many amazing new books being released and it’s hard enough finding time to read them without taking re-reading old favourites into account. 🙂
    Also I’ve had favourites which I know if I re-read them I wouldn’t love them nearly as much. I’ve left those un-re-read, in those cases nostalgia is good enough isn’t it?
    Again great post. 😀 ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Beth! ❤
      I know and there's so much pressure, omg! I wish I wouldn't feel so pressed to read as many books as possible, but somehow I just need to read EVERYTHING.
      SAME, I feel like the books I've read a while ago and that would be amazing to reread because I don't remember much from them might be books that I won't enjoy because I was very different back then. And I just want nostalgia to be there rather than destroy my good opinion, hahaha!

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  16. Louise ☆ says:

    I almost never reread books anymore because there are so many books on my TBR that I want to get to, and I’m more likely to stick to my TBR than to go back and revisit books I’ve read before. And I totally get being worried about not liking a book the second time around. There’s been times where I’ve gone back to books that I loved when I was younger, and just couldn’t find the charm in them anymore :/

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    • Marta says:

      YES, I’m afraid of going back to old reads and not liking them as much as I did in the past. I’d rather keep that magic instead of ruining it. There are so many books out there and it’s so hard not to stress out about how you need to read everything.

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  17. malanielovesfiction says:

    GOOD LUCK W YOUR THESIS I LOVE YOU

    also this is the most relatable post ever. every time I go to reread The Foxhole Court, aka the best literature ever written, the owner of my feelings,,,,,,,I am so afraid????? bc if I don’t love TFC, i no longer have an identity.

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    • Marta says:

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAL! ❤ I LOVE YOU TOO!
      That's quite relatable, I have some 2013 fantasy that I wouldn't want to reread because I'd rather not know if they are baaaad. I kind of want to reread TFC because I'd probably appreciate the first book more now that I know how good the second and third books are. ❤

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  18. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    I used to reread previous novels in a series right before the sequel was released so I could remember what happened but I stopped doing that in university because I had no time! So now I make little summary notes that I read before I start the sequel. Otherwise, rereading is not something I do.

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  19. Lauren @ BAOTB says:

    My former roommate never re-read books, only favorite scenes from her favorite books, and I never understood it.

    I will say that I have reread books that I loved when I was younger (“A Great & Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray comes to mind), and yes, sometimes they’re not as good as they were the first time around. But you know what? That means you’ve grown and changed, and yet somehow a younger version of yourself is still pressed inside those pages. I could see why thirteen-year-old me loved those books, and I know why twenty-four-year-old me sees them as being super silly now (it was one of the first “lesbians in a boarding school? Scandalous!” book series and not well-written, lol).

    I re-read books because they are old friends. I see things differently in them the older I get. I used to not like “Lord of the Rings” because they were so long and boring, and yet now that I’m older I hold them as one of my favorite series (I’m actually committing myself to re-reading them in their entirety in 2019!). I totally understand where you’re coming from, but at the same time I don’t understand it because I want to spend as much time in my favorite worlds as I can. I probably reread one book to every five new books that I read.

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    • Marta says:

      That’s really great, I’m happy it works for you!
      I think I could get over my fear of not liking the book anymore, the thing that keeps me away from rereading is the fact that I remember too much from the book and it’s not very exciting anymore the second time around. I’ll probably try to read a book that I’ve read years and years ago to see if I like it better.
      Thank you for sharing your experience with rereading! It’s really nice to see the different perspectives! ❤

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  20. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    I don’t reread often, but I do reread. I usually reread series and divided them to one book per month, so it’s not overwhelming and I can get other reading done too 😀 My main reason to not reread is because there are sooooo many books released and on my tbr, I always feel guilty for rereading :/ But at the same time, it’s a really fun experience!

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    • Marta says:

      I’m great that you find a way to make it work for you! I have to trick my brain into rereading because I’m just overthinking the whole process, I’m sure of it *hides away*
      I have some series that I should reread or at least some books in series in order to get to their sequels.
      Thank you very much, Tasya! ❤

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  21. Lois says:

    I completely understand your reasons for not re-reading. I am a huge fan of it myself, but there is always that nagging fear that comes with the prospect of re-reading. I went through a stage of feeling super guilty for re-readind old favourites instead of my new books, but now I’m just happy to actually be reading a book haha.

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    • Marta says:

      Aw, Lois! ❤ Rereading definitely counts as reading and I'm so glad that Goodreads made that option to be able to count your rereads for your challenge. I think it's great that you can reread when you're in a reading slump! When it happens to me, I usually just stay away from books altogether.

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  22. Sakhile says:

    I love rereading books that I thoroughly enjoyed but sometimes they get ruined because you might notice a lot of weird/problematic narratives that you didn’t catch the first time around

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    • Marta says:

      YES! I feel this way for every book that I’ve read back in 2013 because I wasn’t as aware as I’m now (though I’m not perfect now either and I’ll surely never be).
      I wanted to reread Eleanor and Parks for this exact reason.

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  23. Mel says:

    I honestly haven’t reread much until this year. It’s worked out…okay for me, I guess, but unfortunately rereading the Shatter Me books in preparation for Restore Me made me not like the books as much 😦 I often reread series books because I get terrible series amnesia while waiting for the next book in a series to come out, but I get annoyed about doing it because there are so many new books I want to read.

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    • Marta says:

      SAME! Whenever I contemplate rereading, it’s usually because so much time has passed since I’ve read the first book in a series and my decision to want to read the sequel, which makes me want to refresh my memory, but it never happened. I’m always grateful when I find a detailed summary of the first book online.

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  24. utopianpages says:

    I could completely relate with the hectic sched and I wish you all the luck!

    And be hold!!!!!! I finally found someome not fond of rereading!!!! Because, honestly I don’t reread at all!!! There has been a time where I’ve reread the first book from HP series but that’s just because I literally had no choice. There is no way I could ignore this post! I think we’re of a few population, readers who don’t reread that is.

    The main reason why I don’t reread is because I think the time that I have to spend on rereading could be actually spend through reading new books to lessen my tbr pile. This is basically what you said on the latter part haha.

    However, I completely understand how critical rereading is when it comes to your fave books for the fear of not loving them the same way you previously did. It made me remember a particular series, The Young Elites series. It is hands down my fave series of all time and I’ve read a couple of YA fantasy novels since. However TYE has a special place in my heart I didn’t want to compare it to any other books. Rereading it would give me a chance to inevitably compare it to other YA fantasy novels I’ve loved too. Somehow, that would make me love it less?? Idk, if that makes sense. It’s just that series had been part of my reading journey and eventhough it’s so special to me, I can’t seem to reread it. It’s ironic, really.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Ness! ❤
      I've reread the first HP book from necessity as well, I've read the first one and then let 2-3 years pass before continuing the series, so I reread the book because I didn't remember anything.
      YES, there's just too much pressure and too many books to read right now, there's no time to reread books.
      I've heard so much about The Young Elites and I really want to read it soon because it sounds very intriguing. I'm bumping up on my TBR since I trust you ❤ I completely understand it, I'm nervous about rereading any of the series that I've loved in the past, I feel like it'd be unfair to compare it to newer releases :-/

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  25. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    I reread only when I am completely sure I have forgotten everything about the book. That usually gives me another chance to enjoy it. But of course it comes with the risk of not liking it as much. Sigh.

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  26. Lunar Luci @lunarlucibooks says:

    Damn I feel you on this one. I do reread, but that’s because I forget half of the book when the next one hasn’t even come out yet 😭 to be fair, I mostly just don’t read until a series is complete, with some exceptions, because I really do agree about the tbr list.. it keeps getting bigger and bigger

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  27. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Great discussion Marta! 😊 As I absolutely love rereading books, I was interested to see what you had to say about the topic! I’m definitely anxious about not liking a book the second time around, especially with those books that I read a long time ago, but so far it hasn’t happened that I completely changed my opinion *fingers crossed* 😄

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you, Caro! ❤ Aw, I’m glad you love rereading as it seems like lots of fun, I wish I could get over it and reread some books as well 🙈
      Hahaha, I hope it stays the same for you! ❤

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  28. fullerkat says:

    I have only reread a handful of books in my entire life. I have found that often I remember too much about the book to read it more than once. My problem is that I am also a horrendous book hoarder and will not give up my books if my life depended on it, so they just sit in storage or on my shelf until I find a better use for them.

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