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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Now who am I to disagree with the great Oscar Wilde?
(Well, I do. But I digress…for now.)
I was inspired to write this post after reading numerous other discussion posts on why people reread books. As someone who rarely rereads books, I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the number of people who do reread on a regular basis. If I do reread a book, it’s books simply to remember what happened in the previous novel, not just for the sake of revisiting a world.
Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t have some books I wouldn’t mind rereading. In the last two years, I’ve started to accumulate physical copies of my favourite series. Because I mostly eRead and/or borrow books from the library, if I do find a series I particularly love, I want it on hand. I want to be able to share it with friends and family…maybe even my future kids one day.
So what makes you want to pick up a book again?
For me, I have two main criteria: characters and the plot.
The series that I have on my shelf have some of my favourite characters ever. They made me laugh, they made me swoon and they probably made me cry. Basically, they made me feel a variety of emotions while I was reading. I love when that happens. These characters feel like family to me and I couldn’t imagine my reading life without them.
I think it goes without saying that when you reread books, you’ll probably catch things you missed the first time around. This is especially true in series that have intricate, overarching plots where things are constantly building as you read. I love books with complicated plots and I can’t wait to reread these bad boys again to appreciate their stellar writing.
Now, I do have to give a special shout out to those books that just make you happy. These are the books that you go back to simply for the fact that they can cheer you up and make you smile.
Personal Examples: Victoria and the Rogue | Never Love a Highlander
To go back to the quote from Oscar Wilde, I have to say that I disagree. I may never read that book again, but if I enjoyed it, I don’t consider it a waste of time. It’s the same situation with movies and TV shows. You’ll develop your favourites that you will constantly return to. But in between those favourites, you’ll watch entertaining pieces that you will appreciate for what they are in that moment and there is nothing wrong with that.
So what makes a book reread worthy to you?
What are some of your go-to rereads?