Because sometimes I forget even my own name, I’ve decided rereading books is a fantastic idea.
No really, I typed my name as “Kate” once and then got confused because it didn’t look right + followed that up with an identity crisis + decided to forever change my name to Nick so I can just be the Fury we all know could lead the Avengers just fine. So that’s the story of how I’m ABOUT TO CHANGE MY NAME.
But that aside, we need to talk about rereading. And also how I very nearly have no memory of this place, or that place, or any place whatsoever. And while you’re probably sitting here, picking raisin toast crumbs off your shirt while you read, and thinking, “Ok so you reread books, Cait. I clap for you. This post is going to be very short because it’s done now.”
Well NO! Because why write a simple statement when I CAN COMPLICATE IT X 62. (I’m so excited. We all love my blog.)
I want to talk about the pros vs cons of rereading books. Because trust me: there’s a gnarly dark side.
And even if there wasn’t a darkside, I’d find one, because I’m dramatic. #AM #A #WRITER
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Could Re-read Forever
I’ll also include some of my favourite rereads at the end because I’m a little goblin rebel but I TRY to behave with the prompts once every 56 working days.
1. IF YOU HAVE THE MEMORY OF A HOLEY TEA KETTLE = IT’S LIKE READING A WHOLE NEW BOOK ANYWAY.
I love this because I unfortunately remember nothing about anything. I will literally go to the bathroom to put on my watch and then go clean the bathroom instead. But HEY! A memory like this = you get to live so much cheaper! I can amuse myself endlessly with the same books, the same 3 foods, and have the same songs on repeat since 2013. Are you even meant to remember anything in life?? Haha. Silliness.
2. IT’S ACTUALLY COMFORTING BECAUSE IT’S LIKE VISITING OLD FRIENDS.
I mean if you find visiting old friends comforting, because sometimes that’s terrifying, especially if they’ve taken up living in a gingerbread house and eating small children. What?? I’m sure we all have old friends like that??? But regardless: KNOWING (a little haha; bad memory remember) what’s going to happen is comforting! It’s nice to know you’re for a good read. Also can be good if you’re very stressed or anxious.
When a book really REALLY means something to you, rereading it just dredges up all those feelings. And who doesn’t want to lose themselves in 10 buckets worth of eMOTIONS over characters of your past!?? Some people probably have emotionally-stable hobbies! But that’s funny! Why would you want that!
4. IF IT’S PART OF A SERIES, IT’S HANDY TO REFRESH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST BOOKS.
Which is basically me, every single time a series comes out. And I know some people say “Oh I’ll wait until all the books are out and then read them together” which is a GREAT idea. But publishers will actually cancel series if they don’t get the sales. So like???? Buy them when they’re new too haha. (I mean, obviously if you have the funds! Not everyone does.) ANYWAY –> I love doing a series marathon before a next book comes out. You can watch all the little babies grow up PLUS actually admire the author’s foreshadowing.
5. IF YOU’RE A WRITER, YOU CAN FOCUS MORE ON LEARNING FROM THE BOOK AND PASS IT OFF AS “WORK” WHILE YOU EAT 18 CUPCAKES.
Writers = MUST BE READERS. And books are our best teachers. I go into books with that perky idea of “Oh! I’ll take mental notes and learn as I read!” and then 6 seconds later I’m emotionally devastated by some ship and I’m putting characters in Hogwarts houses and I’ve speed read the finale to see if my babies died or not. In other words: I’m a useless hedge.
Rereading —> you know what’s going to happen (vaguely?!) —> you can focus on gleaning writing tips.
1. YOUR TBR PILE WILL KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP.
Nothing makes a TBR’s day than you delicately balancing two newly bought tomes on top of the 3989 already there…and then rereading Harry Potter. LIKE SLEEP WELL TONIGHT, FRIEND, BECAUSE YOUR TBR IS SHARPENING KNIVES OFFICIALLY. Rereading obviously takes away from reading new books and how. are. we. supposed. to. read. them. all.
2. YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY HATE IT THE SECOND TIME ROUND.
Which happens to me for books I’ve read 4+ years ago. WOW my tastes have changed. And then suddenly I realise something I loved is heckin’ problematic and it’s like a truck just backed over my heart and I’m an emotionally wounded pancake. ThaNKS for tHAt. So do you risk a reread??? Or keep your fond memories???
3. THE FAMILIARITY CAN ACTUALLY BE BORING SOMETIMES.
Because “been here, done that”…you know that dull boring middle bit is coming so you’re in no rush. And then suddenly you only read 1 book this week because you weren’t desperate to know what happens and YOUR GOODREADS GOAL STARTS SCREAMING AT YOU AND YOU PANIC AND FLEE TO ICELAND AND BECOME A SHEEP INSTEAD. (This isn’t hyperbolic. I’m sure it happens.)
4. YOU JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME ANYWAY BECAUSE TIME DOESN’T GROW ON TREES, MATE.
Rereading would be NICE but also owning a pirate ship would be NICE and we don’t always get what we want. If you only have time to read, say, 4 books per month…it’s stressful rereading and knowing you’re missing out on new books.
5. THERE CAN BE A WAR OF EXPECTATIONS AND WHO WANTS TO FALL INTO THAT MARMALADE JAR OF DISAGREEMENT?
Full disclaimer: Marmalade is gross and don’t fight me on this or I’ll bring a bread and butter knife and we’ll duel. It’s just gross. Everyone who loves it:
OK MOVING ON —> There can be pressure to reread before you consider yourself a “true fan”. Like some people reread a book 10+ times and I’M IN AWE and then I remember I call Patrick Ness a “favourite author” and I’ve NEVER reread any of his books. At all. So am I a fan??? Crisis intensifies???? Leave me alone with my raisin toast and my nightmares???
So now that we can all thoroughly panic because my pros vs cons list was even!
Self-five, me, I did a good job.
Obviously the ultimate thing about rereading is: DO WHAT YOU WANT, LOKI. But I love it. I’ve started loving it last year and now my list of things I want to reread is so crushingly long that my TBR has actually hired a hitman. Which won’t help the situation at all? But you try talking sense into it. Our relationship is on the rocks.
Because I obviously have NOTHING TO DO THIS YEAR with my book coming out + edits for my next book + blogging + a TBR with already 50 million books on it + life in general haha. No, let me add REREADS TOO.
Oh Cait…oh Cait haha you ridiculous creature.