Bibliophile Commentary

Why I Reread

What is a rereader? A rereader is someone that rereads a book instead of reading the million books they have that they haven’t read. If this was an AA meeting, I would say, “My name is Becca and I am a rereader.” Whenever I reread a book, I always feel guilty because I look around my house and see the stacks and stacks of books I haven’t read yet. Even though I feel all the guilt, I will still reread books and these are the reasons why.

Pure Comfort 

One of the major reasons I reread books is because of the comfort that the action brings me. Rereading a book for me is like coming home after a long day of work. I know and love all the characters like they are my friends. I also know what will happen so it’s like watching your favorite movie over and over again. Rereading my favorite books is also a way to destress from a bad day. Some people may judge, but it is definitely one of my coping mechanisms. 

Fear of the Unknown 

Have you ever scrolled through Netflix for a new movie to watch and you just end up picking a movie you’ve already seen? I do this all the time because I am so overwhelmed by the choices and I worry that something I pick will be a waste of my time. I also apply this method to my books. I would rather reread a book that I know is good than pick up a book I haven’t read and not like it. I fight this all the time, but I sometimes lose the fight and pick a book I’ve already read. 

Get More Details 

When I read a book, I read them so fast that I might miss a few key details. I am definitely a binge reader and this sometimes can be a bad thing because I am so focused on finding out what happens next, I might skim sometimes. I’m trying to be better, but I still do this on occasion. Therefore, rereading is a helpful tool for me in this case. 

Refresher 

If you don’t know already, I am a very avid series reader. I love series books because we get to read more and more about our favorite characters and go on multiple adventures with them. They also provide more entry into our favorite book worlds and I love to go back to these worlds again and again. The only problem about series books is that there is usually six months to a year between installments. When the next installment comes out, I will usually reread the books before so that I can be more familiar with the book world and characters. Usually authors will include small summaries of what happened in the book previously, but I will reread anyway. 

There are some exceptions to my rereading habits, I will not reread thrillers. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres of books, but rereading them is never fun for me. I already know, “who done it,” so the mystery is gone and it is no fun to read. 

Are you a rereader? What kind of books do you reread and what are the reasons you do? Let me know in the comment box below! I would love to hear from you! 

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