So you guys. Since early 2012 I’ve been working on this post I wanted to do about the differences between myself as a reader before I was a blogger and after I became a blogger because my habits have changed SO MUCH. I kept putting it off because of wedding plans. I wanted to make this cute graphic that was a list but, when I finally started to work on it this year, it was just looking TOO crowded with about 30 different things and overwhelming and not AT ALL what I had in mind. Then I decided…why not make it a series? The more I thought about it — it would lend to a better discussion if I just give you one at a time. I’m kind of glad my original idea didn’t work out because I’m liking this better. Check the end of the post for previous Before & After’s.
I reread books ALL the time. As a child I reread books probably 5-10 times among other quirky reading habits. I read The Giver by Lois Lowry 10 times for sure. As I got in college I wasn’t really reading a ton of new books but was revisiting classics I had read before. I reread without abandon and really enjoyed how different the story felt each time or the new things I would pick up. I also enjoyed spending time with “old friends.”
It’s a rare day in hell that I reread a book which is SAD because I would love to revisit favorites. The most revisiting I do is of my quote notebook or pulling out a book just to reread a passage I know I loved when I’m in a slump. But reread a WHOLE book? My book blogger brain thinks:
It’s not that I DON’T want to reread or don’t find value in rereading. I totally do — if anything I believe rereading is such a crucial part of my reading experience. I think I’ve lost sight of that. But then I look at my shelves of unread books that have accumulated (especially those ones I HAD TO HAVE) and all of the new releases to come or the review books I’ve committed to willingly and I just think BUT WHEN? I WILL FALL BEHIND. I WILL NOT DISCOVER NEW STORIES. And I hate that feeling. I SHOULD reread because I enjoy cozying up with old friends. I don’t know WHY I didn’t make this one of my bookish resolutions for 2013! So here we have it. Right now. I’m making it. I will REREAD 5 books this year. I will. You heard it here!
If you are a blogger — has blogging changed the amount of books you reread per year? Do you find yourself less likely to reread because of your blogging schedule and the new releases? If you aren’t a blogger — do you reread? If yes, have you always been a rereader? For everyone –How many books per year do you usual re-read? Does feeling like you need to discover new stories keep you from rereading? When you are in a reading slump do you find yourself rereading? Do you find you discover new layers of books or pick up on things you never noticed in your initial reread that makes you love books even more? I WANT TO KNOW ALL OF YOUR REREADING HABITS AND QUIRKS AND FEELINGS ABOUT IT!
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