I’m back with another discussion post!!
This one is quite meaningful to me – as it’s one I’ve always thought about in relation to reading. It’s also a bit of a rant and a trip down memory lane… so feel free to disregard this post in every way!!!
So today, in true Rhi fashion, I’m tackling something I love by rambling on and on – why I no longer feel guilty or embarrassed about rereading books. (Or, at least, why I’m working towards no longer feeling that about rereads.)
(Also thank you all SO MUCH for all the love on my last/first discussion!! It truly means the world <3)
Ever since I started reading, rereads have always been a part of my bookish life.
For a long time after I joined the book blogging community, I started getting more recommendations, and therefore rereading less. However, less for me is still more than many other people, and I guess I started feeling guilty for it? When I could be reading new books and supporting authors, I reread – and even though it’s what brought me joy, I felt a little embarrassed – and I stopped rereading as many books.
Embarrassed, partly because I could be trying to promote new and different books, and also because…. the amount that I reread is quite different to others – friends and other bloggers.
I’ve reread a lot this year: 31% of all books I’ve read this year are rereads. (24/77 books read in total). Last year that was probably even more, and I won’t lie, I feel bad about that. I feel like I should be promoting other books and reading more diversely in terms of genres!! one thing i’m not annoyed about is the amount of diverse rep books i read!! instead of just running back to my favourite books.
(Also let’s be honest… rereads are enabling me to talk about the same books and literally none of you want that.)
books i’ve reread/will probably always reread
Blogging has changed the way I view books, but it has also changed the way I view reading, and how I do it. I started tracking my ratings and books read in 2019, started reading some of my now-favourite books then, and started rereading less. This is due to two things, I think – one, I was reading more YA, which meant I had a whole new section of the library to explore, and two, I started book blogging > noticed how many amazing books to read > noticed there was a larger variety > noticed people barely reread – at least not like I did > started reading new books more and rereading less > finally, am at this point, where not only am I in a very different space mentally (especially right now), but I have read a lot of the hyped books I ‘gave up’ rereading for. Funnily enough, those are now the books I want to reread, but that’s not the point here.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and while deciding to do this (heck, even posting this) wasn’t a decision that was easy, I was happy once I said ‘you know, screw it, I’m doing this for me.’ And I want to do this and feel this way more often.
After rereading some of my well-loved books recently, and after writing some of this post, I’ve decided to try and make myself, well, a little happier in small ways, I guess. And by small ways, I mean rereading the books I love. I’m not going to put off rereading a book because the sequel is coming out in 6 months time – I’ll read it again then. I’m not going to lie to myself and say ‘but if I read it now it loses it’s enjoyment faster’ (yes, i actually said that to try not reread a book… specifically aftg because of the hangover i knew was coming…. it kind of came…..) because I know that a) that’s not really true for me, and b) who cares if it does? I lose interest faster – making room for more books to become favourites and rereads.
more books i love and reread semi-frequently
Some of my recent rereads include Aristotle and Dante and The Foxhole Court – both of which I read twice in two or three months. I really love both of those books – and I wanted to reread them pretty much immediately after finishing. The Foxhole Court in particular I’d wanted to save because it’s addictive and I thought I would slump again (I kind of did) and just… I needed to save it.
I hope you can join me in this. If you’ve ever wanted to reread something just because you’re in that mood, do it. Do it because it’ll bring you joy when you need it, do it for yourself. This actually leads into something I’ve had an idea for 🙂 when that happens, I hope you will join me.
This may be harder for other people – but as I don’t receive ARCs, or have any obligation to review and post specific content, the only thing stopping me is, well, me. I started running this blog for my enjoyment, and that’s how it will continue to be – at least in the foreseeable future. I started for me, and along the way I think reading has been put on the back burner.
This post was very personal to me – hopefully it wasn’t too sentimental!! I really enjoyed writing it – and I tried to clean it up as much as I could (it was…. a mess, and still is) but I’ve been thinking about this post since May and so it had to happen at some point. I really enjoyed writing it – It felt cathartic, for sure, and I hope it maybe inspired you to reread more!! I plan to – because right now, if it gets me out of a slump I’m willing to try anything. (This part was,,, written a little while ago, and thankfully I’m reading more now!!)
Like I said earlier, I hope that you can join me in not feeling this guilt, and rereading whatever you want!! If you do, please let me know because I’d love to hear!!! (And feel much better haha) ❤
what are your thoughts on rereading? are you a big rereader? was the “discussion” good?
(also…. let’s not talk about how this post is going up right when i’m in the middle of convincing myself not to reread legend because a) i’ve already reread three books this month and i can’t make it seven, and b) i was really hoping to hold out longer into the year…..)