.. that’s the question that plagues almost every bookie I know. It definitely plagues me. Hi, Hollis here. Once upon a time I used to reread books on an almost yearly basis. Some of my favourite books, and series, were on constant replay, looping through my TBR the way I listen to a song on youtube these days (aka way too many times in a row).
Now it’s a rare event. Now it’s more like.. a reward, a special occasion, a holiday. Actually most of my rereads do happen on holidays, like Christmas. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of the season? I’m not sure. What is new about my pattern of behaviour when it comes to rereading is that, if I can find a copy on my OverDrive (and the narrator doesn’t make my brain bleed), I’ll actually choose an audio reread over a physical book reread. It’s a medium I’m still getting used to, will never be my go-to, but there is an appeal that I didn’t ever expect : it gives the experience a freshness and, bonus, lets me multitask at work.
Okay, Micky’s slice of pie here. I’m interrupting this intelligent rationalisation of rereading to tell you the only time I reread is for comfort. As a mood reader, sometimes I need a familiar friend, a quilt of a book to wrap myself up in, especially if life or work is stressful. I tend to want ease in a reread, not to be challenged by need for deep concentration, some light-ish angst is okay though. I have some go-to books for this like PERSUASION by Jane Austen, THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne, REAL by Katy Evans, OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L Armentrout and many others. Rereading has got me through some sticky life points and I am ever grateful to books for their balming words. I don’t like to reread a book before the next one comes out and will only do this if I really can’t remember; I have to force myself to do this.
So our question is, for the rereaders out there, do you find you have less time to re-experience your favourites? Do you like to flip between audio and reading? Do you find that the more time that passes, the less likely you are to want to reread incase your tastes have change? Or do you like seeing if your tastes change and don’t mind moving on from a favourite?
Can you tell we are curious or are we being too subtle with the barrage of questions? Let us know!