I’ve talked a bit about how I struggle to re-read these days as a blogger but today I’m curious WHAT it is about a book that makes you decide to reread when you do? There’s always a bazillion new books coming out and even more that you haven’t read that have already been published years and years ago so the choice to re-read is a very deliberate one.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what calls out to me in a book to be re-read. There are, without a doubt, books I really liked but I could never see myself reading them again. I’ve been looking at the books I’ve been drawn to re-read and I’ve come to some conclusions about myself and what things make me re-read a book or at least on my list of books to re-read:
1. It’s a comfort thing: There are some books that just make me feel so safe and secure. That might sound weird but I find myself able to just get lost in certain books that I loved before — it feels like getting wrapped in a big, comfy blanket. A lot of times it’s cute, happymaking stories but other times it is just a childhood book that makes me nostalgic. Knowing a book won’t break my heart sometimes is what I need.
2. A lot of the books I reread are ones that were of the more life-changing variety: I tend to gravitate back to those books that I felt had so much wisdom in them — those passages that I just dog-earred forever. (Shhh..you know I commit book crimes). I want to go back and relive all those moving words that changed my life or made me think. I just want to feel moved and inspired again so I decided to pick these kinds of books up. I just KNOW I’m going to glean more from these kinds of books that I might have not have the first time around.
3. I want to re-visit characters I really connected with: There are some characters that I just can’t help but stop thinking about even years later and I have to just re-read their story.
4. I tend to revisit the more quiet books: I love plot-based, action-y novels where a lot is going on but, for me, MOST of the time I don’t have the desire to reread it again unless it’s an all time favorite and it’s been a long time in between now and my first reading so I might not be as keen on the details. But a lot of the time it’s the quiet books I come back to. They had a decent enough plot the first time around but there was something more in those pages that draw me to it.
5. I don’t tend to reread books in a series unless it’s a favorite book ever: I know a lot of readers will re-read a series before a new book comes out but I just don’t ever do it unless it’s an absolute favorite. I just don’t have that draw to do so. I will sometimes skim so I have a clue of what is going on or look at the last chapter but I rarely do a full reread.
6. I like to re-read a favorite to see how it still stands years later: I like to pick up a book that I deemed a favorite years ago and then reread it to see how it holds up. I like to see how I changed and how that affects how I see the book now. I love this because I see books in new ways and have new thoughts. Sometimes this isn’t always for the best because I see a book maybe as not that great anymore. It could be a case of this.
So now I’m just really curious as to what makes a book something you want to re-read!! Please tell me because I’m sure everyone has such interesting reasons for what makes them re-read and what elements in a book draw them back in! Is it characters? Is it because you loved the story so much? The writing? You love the author? Is it a series reread?