Hello, book lovers! 💕
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, especially if, like where I live, it was beautiful outside. It actually felt like spring, and I spent a lot of time outside yesterday drawing and enjoying the sunshine.
But another thing that I did this weekend was start rereading Harry Potter. Now, I know that there is a lot of controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling as a person and as an author, and a lot of people don’t support her anymore. And while I won’t go out of my way to read any of her new books that she publishes, Harry Potter is a series that will always be near and dear to my heart.
But that’s not what this post is about. I want to talk about rereading books because I feel like there is this stigma around it, especially in the bookish communities on YouTube, on here, on Goodreads, etc. And that stigma is that because there are so many new books coming out or that are out (and added to my ever-growing TBR list), you shouldn’t reread books. Or at least, that’s how it feels to me sometimes.
This is something that I don’t do nearly enough. I don’t allow myself to read my favorite books again as often as I would like because of how many books I have on my TBR that I have never read. I put this pressure on myself to read new books or books that I have on my TBR that I barely get around to reading my favorite books over again.
So reading Harry Potter again over the weekend was a lot of fun. It made me realize why I love the series so much, even if it is problematic in some parts. And that’s why I wanted to talk about this topic.
Reading books multiple times doesn’t mean that you don’t want to read new books. You get to revisit characters that you read about years ago. You get to pick up on small details that you might have missed the first time you read the book. You get to refresh your memory on what happened in the story in order to continue on in the series.
There are so many benefits of rereading books that get overlooked because it seems that everyone is so worried about reading the books that were recently released or that they added to their TBR as soon as they close the book they just finished.
There are specific times that I read my favorite books again, and the main one is when I’m in a reading slump. Sometimes I just want to read something that I know I’m going to enjoy, and that helps me get into the mood to read.
There are also specific books that I just read over and over again because I just love them so much. Harry Potter is one of them. Morgan Matson and Becky Albertalli’s books are also ones that I tend to find myself rereading. Mainly just because I love the stories so much and they make me so happy while I’m reading them.
I don’t normally reread books in a series before the next one comes out, especially if it’s a long series or the books are really long. I know I’ve mentioned in one of my posts that I didn’t read the previous books again in A Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas because the books are way too long that it’d take me half this year to read the previous books before getting to the new one.
I think that’s the only time that I don’t reread books, and that’s probably the one time that I should. Mostly because it would help refreshing my memory on what happened in the previous books before jumping into the next one. Sometimes I just can’t be bothered. But I do know that’s something that a lot of people do and it’s a time when rereading books is acceptable.
I hope this made some semblance of sense because I feel like my thoughts were all over the place. These are just my opinions, and I think that you should read what makes you happy, and there should be no shame in reading books that you love over and over and over again.
But there you have it. Those were my thoughts on rereading books. Do you reread books? What do you think about reading books again? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!
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