On re-reading books

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Dear reader,

For two days in May, my friend Roxanne and I decided to re-read the first Harry Potter book. We had so much fun doing it that I thought of writing a blog post about why I love re-reading books so much, as I re-read at least one Harry Potter book per year and have re-read my favourite book Lady Midnight six times already.

So lock your sit belts and get ready to discuss everything about re-reads!


Re-reading books may seem weird to a lot of people. I have talked a lot about it online for the past few years and many people have told me how much they dislike it or even how they find it odd.

“Don’t you get bored? Don’t you feel guilty not reading something new?”

I have heard it all.

But the thing is that I do love re-reading books. I always did. There’s something so ressuring to actually know you will love said book and that you will be able to re-experience your first time reading it.

As I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in French with my friend Roxanne, I really understood how important re-reading is to me. It was somehow magical – I couldn’t stop smiling and it made me feel so good. Sharing it with a friend was even more special – we sent each other voice messages every night to talk about it and just screamed our love for it.

I had such a great time that I thought I could share with you a few reasons why I love re-reading books so much. My goal here isn’t to convince you that it’s cool, but more to explain to you all why I keep doing it with every book I loved.

 It makes me feel safe

Re-reading a good book is like going back home. You know what is going to happen, you know the places and you know the characters – everything is familiar and you already know that you’ll end up loving it. There’s nothing like re-reading the chapter of the first Harry Potter book when Harry finally arrives at Hogwarts and discovers the Great Hall for the first time. And how magic is it to be able to re-live it over and over again!

Words are beautiful because they are for ever. They are written on pages and won’t move, won’t change, won’t disappear. They are only here for you to go through them again and their magic won’t have left – you will always feel like the first time while re-reading your favourite book. You will still feel warm inside, you will still smile like an idiot and you will still whisper to yourself, “How I love this book“.

 I can always discover new things to it

A lot of people believe that because I re-read Lady Midnight six times then that means that I must know it by heart now. Though it is true that I am not really surprised reading it anymore, I still discover new things every time I re-read it. For example I totally forgot some of the games Emma and Jules used to play when they were children. Sure, it is small details but it also is what makes the book so special and what we don’t really notice or pay attention to on our first read.

Re-reading a book is like getting to know it better, like going on another date with it. You take more time of your life for it and you slowly understand what made you feel that way on that special chapter, how the author actually planned this big even in book two and so on. It’s like discovering every secrets of your favourite book, and there’s nothing quite like it.

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 It makes me relive happy moments of my life

I cannot re-read a book without feeling as happy as I was during my first read, and it always takes me back to those special moments. For example, whenever I re-read Dracula, I can see myself reading the short version at the beach when I was 13 (though I didn’t understand it at all) and then the real book when I was 19, on my way to university, smiling in the metro and feeling awfully happy because of all those beautiful words and this magnificent story.

It does that with every book I decide to re-read. I always see my younger self discovering said book and feeling way too excited about it. I will never get used to this feeling, how actually words can not only make me travel back in time and places because of the world pictured in it but also because of my own experience with it. How magic is that?

 It’s a great way to share something with my friends

Finally re-reading a book is always a good excuse to take part in a buddy read with my friends, and I alwas end up having so much fun with it. We always chat about it and have so much meaningful conversations. When I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone my friend Roxanne and I kept discussing about the artwork, the portrayal of all the characters, the writing style, and being able to talk about all of that is so unique – I would have never done so when I first read it at 5 years old.


And that is it!

Re-reading books is obviously very special to me and I know many of you are feeling the same way. I am actually thinking of organising a 24 hours readathon in order to re-read some old and new favs, and thought some of you may want to join!

Do you like re-reading books? Would you participate in a 24 hours re-readathon with me?

Love always,

Clara

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20 thoughts on “On re-reading books”

  1. I couldn’t have said it any better myself! I am a huge re-reader too [thank god I’m not the only one] and honestly I think that the majority of books I read in a year are re-reads. Re-reading is defiantly like going home and I love feeling all the feels all over again. I always get so much smack for re-reading [especially re-reading Twilight and such] but I just don’t get it? I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I love getting lost in those old familiar pages. Great post! ❤

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  2. When I was younger (in my teens) I constantly re-read books. Harry Potter especially. I’d re-read the whole series all the time, finishing the 7th book and immediately starting the first one.

    I think the whole reason why I re-read books so often was because I didn’t have that many new and exciting books. Of course, my parents always treasured my love to read, but they couldn’t buy me dozens of books every month. So when I had nothing new to read, I’d pick up my favorites again and again.

    Nowadays, however, and especially when I started my blog, I don’t re-read anymore. I can’t say that I miss it. I love that my shelves are full of new books that I haven’t read yet, but will at some point. I feel very lucky to receive new ARCs, and would rather explore new worlds and stories than return to something I already know. 🙂

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  3. I very recently started rereading books; in the past, I didn’t really mostly because I was worried I was going to discover I didn’t enjoy a book as much as I thought I did the first time I read it. There is a few exceptions to this, such as teenage me rereading the first Twilight book around 20 times (I know, but it was such a comforting read to me at the time). Now I reread because I love a novel or because I want to continue with a series and need to reread to remember what happened. It also does feel like coming home like you said, and I love getting to discover new little bits I hadn’t noticed the first time. I would totally participate in a readathon if I can, it sounds really fun! ♥

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    1. No Twilight shame here!! Though I never read the books and never saw the movies I totally understand that people may love it ❤
      I’m glad you discovered the joy of re-reading books! It can be stressful, like I once re-read an old favourite and have been shocked by how problematic it was and ended up being disgusted by it, but in general it goes well haha!
      I’ll try to plan the readathon in July then ahhh! ❤

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  4. I used to reread books all of the time when I was younger and it made me so happy. It really is so relaxing and safe. It’s like coming home to something warm and familiar. But I don’t even remember the last time I reread something! I think it’s because I don’t have a lot of time to read in the first place and so I usually choose to read new books. But I miss rereading.

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  5. I resonate so strongly with your discussion of finding new things: I always reread Ari&Dante and The Raven Cycle at least once a year, and it doesn’t matter that I’m near double-figures for rereads, because I’m always finding new favourite quotes and small moments that I overlooked in my last read ✨

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  6. Great post and I definitely agree. I used to reread books a lot when I was a kid. Unfortunately, these days I don’t reread as much as I’d like to which is a real shame. It’s one of the reasons why I’m working towards a smaller physical TBR, so I can reread the books I love.

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