The discussion of rereading books and books people want to reread this year has come about on channels such as BookTube as well as on other book blogs. But when it comes to re-reading books I am in two minds.
I have a big pile of books that I haven’t read yet, granted the numbers aren’t in the hundreds but I know that it will still take me a long time to get through them all. Plus it doesn’t help that I keep buying more books.
As much as I understand that by rereading a book you might notice things you didn’t before and change your opinion on the book, or even learn something new, I have always been very hesitant to reread a book.
The only book I have ever ‘reread’ was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This wasn’t even a full reread as I only ever read half of it at school (even though we were meant to have read it multiple times) so after remarkably still getting an A in my exam I decided to read the whole thing properly. Meaning I reread the first half of the book but the last half was all new to me.
I have some books that I loved and want to reread because I cannot remember all of the details that made me fall in love with it in the first place. But I look at my bookshelf and realise that by rereading a book I am wasting time that could be spend on an entirely new book.
It is a guilt that harbours itself inside me as I keep thinking that I am neglecting my new books to reread older ones. – Yes I know books don’t have feelings but the guilt is still there-
But there is also the fear that I will reread the book that I once loved and start finding flaws because I am looking closer this time. Then that book may no be my favourite anymore.
I have decided that I will reread some book this year but only once I feel happy with my TBR pile and when I have more free time to dedicate to reading more books than I usually do. But these books will be once that I am very certain will still be favourites once I have read the again.
Do you reread books or do you feel guilty like I do?