Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.
JANUARY 28: REREADING BOOKS (Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole)
How many times is enough? Why re-read at all? Is re-reading just a comforting pastime? Or is there excitement to be relived? What kind of books do you re-read? Do you ever re-read books you don’t like in hopes that it will be better the second time? Were there any books you didn’t like as a child but liked as an adult, or vice versa?
Welcome back to another week of LTB here at DTRH! This week’s topic is suggested by none other than yours truly! I actually suggested it a while back, and I almost forgot that I did so. Still, it’s an interesting topic that I wanted to share with you all, and would love to hear your thoughts on it too!
Funnily enough, I just reread a book, albeit by accident (review out soon!). But it was strange, since it was a thriller. Usually I’d remember the endings much more clearly so I am not inclined to reread then. For some reason this time I just had a strange inkling that I’ve read the story before. Luckily it was a very quick read, so I just breezed through it anyway. Surprisingly, I still enjoyed it!
If we’re talking about the old classics like Harry Potter, undoubtedly I’ve read it many many times. And let’s be serious, for things that you love, it’s never enough. But I think for the most part I reread for the nostalgia, and the feeling that I felt the first time reading it. There is a tiny bit of excitement involved if I’ve forgotten certain details, but I’d say for the most part it’s the whole reliving process that I reread for.
I rarely give books a second chance. If I didn’t want to finish it the first time, I doubt I want to finish it even the second time. That being said, if I finished the book and I didn’t feel it was that good, I don’t really have the urge to re-read that either. I will occasionally try for classics though, like Pride and Prejudice, but honestly not too much success with that.
Here’s an embarrassing anecdote though—do you all have bathroom reads? Books that kind of live in your bathroom for those times where you just feel like hiding out or chilling in your bathroom? Sounds kind of weird, but I definitely feel like a good bath and book (an admittedly dangerous affair) is often a good time to reread a book, when you’re not really committed to finishing it from beginning to end.
One post that I came across mentioned that they reread books in different languages. Now that is a great idea I had not thought of when I made this prompt. That is certainly something I’d like to do, and a great reason to reread a book. It would be easier to try and see the differences across languages across translations, as opposed to reading a whole new book in a new language, which would be much more challenging. Definitely something I would like to try out this year!
What do you all think about rereading books? No time for it? Or something of a guilty pleasure? Let me know in the comments below!