Thursday, April 8, 2010

Is Re-Reading Books Pointless?

In all honesty, I'm a somewhat of a newbie to reading, considering the fact that I spent a few years without reading in my life, until now. Now, that I've restarted collecting and reading books, I've encountered a problem. I'm a becoming a shelf-kind of person. But, I really want to get good use of all my books.

Reasons to Re-Read Books:

  1. To catch things you didn't notice before. See things you might have missed.
  2. To be able to enjoy the book better because you are not as eager as before to get to the end and find out what happens
  3. To appreciate the little details, instead of understanding everything for the 1st time.
  4. To get reacquainted with the story and characters.
  5. To re-live the story.
  6. To refresh your memory before reading the sequel.

Reasons not to Re-Read Books:
  1. It put's off other books on your bookshelf for later.
  2. It might not be as satisfying as the 1st time.
  3. You might be missing from reading something really good out there.
My main reason to want to re-read books is that I want to refresh my memory before reading the sequels. I kind of feel like it will be a waste of time, but I'm life willing to sacrifice. More than likely, I'll the sequel more if I read the prequel.

Conclusion: Yes, re-reading books may be very beneficial, but it's not for people with demanding TBR piles. Unless, they don't mind. Re-reading books can recapture the beauty, magic, and excitement you experienced the 1st time, even better than the 1st time.

So, I'm planning on reading a couple books in order to read the sequels. Other than that, I probably won't re-read any of my books. Hopefully, this will be worth it, delightful, splendid, and gratifying.

What's your opinion: Is Re-Reading Books Pointless?


Addicted Book Reader said...

I only reread books I love, and I do it because I just love reading them. Like Harry Potter...I have read them so many times! : D I usually don't reread books very often.

Jami said...

It has to be a book I am really crazy about for me to read it again. But usually when that happens, I read it again and again and again . . . :)

kapri said...

I reread books, but only my favorites. Even when I do that though, I usually only reread the parts I like or the parts I didn't fully get the first time. I hardly ever reread a whole book again, unless its been a really long time since i read it the first time or the entire things is just so good that I have to, which does happen =)

Amber Skye said...

I do reread some books, but only if they are one of my absolute favorites. I'm actually rereading a series right now because the fourth book just came out and I wanted to refresh myself on the story.

In all, I agree with you. Rereading books is a good use of time. Unfortunately, I have a rather large TBR pile, so.....

Michelle said...

I've only re-read a few books, mainly ones that I loved and wanted to experience again. Usually, I don't because as you mentioned on your list, there are so many other books on my "To Be Read" list that I really want to get to. That being said I don't think re-reading is in any way pointless. Sometimes you're just itching to pick up that novel that was beyond amazing the first time & want to relive it once more.

Holly said...

I've never actually re-read a book due to the the huge TBR pile I have, but it is something I'd like to add to my To-Do list just once.

Book Monster said...

I say rereading is good, but sometimes hard to do. I'm currently finishing off a series that I haven't read since I was 10. So I'm rereading the first book to figure out some stuff.

Book Monster said...

I say rereading is good, but sometimes hard to do. I'm currently finishing off a series that I haven't read since I was 10. So I'm rereading the first book to figure out some stuff.

librarypat said...

I do reread sometimes. There is so much out there it really doesn't make sense to reread a book when you could be exploring a whole new one.
That said, I have authors and books I really like. They are on my keeper shelf and I reread them. It is a bit like comfort food. Something familiar that you are reading because you know it will make you feel good and you just might catch something you missed the other times you read it.
If reading a series, sometimes it is good to refresh your memory before starting the next book. This is the reason I will get all the books in a series before I start reading the series. This way the characters and story arc are fresh throughout the books.

creatingdiscussion said...

I think re-reading is important sometimes, like you said about series books. When I was reading Harry Potter, I had to keep re-reading to remind myself what happened (before the movies, and when there was a large time between books). But there are a lot of great books out there, with so little time to read them! Great question!

Marie said...

I reread my favorite books.:D But recently, I've been so busy, I haven't read a book in about 2 months.

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Tashia said...

I actually love rereading books! I always end up catching something I missed the first time or I get to know the character more the second, or even third time around!
It might set you back on your reading schedule for other books, but those books will be there waiting for you!

browneyedgirl said...

I love re-reading books! I like it because I'll pick up on things that I may have missed the first time, and the story makes a bit more sense then. Sometimes I'll do it if I find I'm in a reading rut, and need to pick myself out by reading a favourite again!

Christina T said...

When I was a kid and a teen I reread a lot of my books but as an adult I don't reread very often. There are some like my favorite Jane Austen novels, the Harry Potter series, or The Lord of the Rings which I usually reread once a year but I like to read new books so much that I usually reread either before the sequel is released or during time periods when there aren't any books I'm dying to read. I used to reread a lot during the winter when the roads are bad and I can't get to the library but now that I can by e-books that has changed too!

I don't think it is a waste of time to reread books you love. I now only try to buy books that I know I will reread. This year I plan to reread The Hunger Games and Catching Fire before I read Mockingjay.

Ashley said...

I'm definitely a re-reader. And, while I will re-read the earlier books in the series to reacquaint myself with the story, I usually re-read a book because I loved it. I re-read all the time, even though I have well over 2000 books waiting on my tbr list. I re-read because I loved the book the first time, and want to do it again!

Anonymous said...

Well there ain't no magic to reading, specially no RE-READING. Why in God's name would anyone do that? Re-reading... is for pansies. Why don't ya go out and throw rocks at each other or somethin if ya wanna have fun.

It's not like if ya re-read Little Red Riding Hood over and over that shit's gonna change - she's always gonna make it back to grandma's. Well, unless I take my pen, scratch it all out, and change it to where little red get's eaten up by the wolf.