The Perks of Being a Re-Reader | Rants & Rambles

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This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:

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It’s the start of July, which marks the beginning of my TWO MONTH binge of re-reading books. I AM A HUGE FAN OF RE-READING BOOKS! If you think your re-reading game is strong, I’m pretty sure I have you beat. Although I set aside time to re-read certain books during the summer months, I actually re-read books throughout the whole year. For example, I re-read The Score by Elle Kennedy on Thursday as a quick break from Nevernight because I was missing my contemporaries. I didn’t want to start a new book since Nevernight is quite dense, so a quick re-read about one of my favorite OTPs gave me my contemporary fix so I could continue with Nevernight.

But during the summer, I take time to re-read specific books from my favorite authors and a few from my favorite series. My TOP three books I always re-read are all by Sarah Dessen and they are: The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, and This Lullaby. I pretty much know these three by heart you guys, I kid you not! I simply can’t get enough of my favorites so setting aside time to re-read them gives me so much joy. Here are a few perks to being a re-reader.

RELIVING ALL THE GODDAMN FEELS

DO YOU KNOW THE ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS I EXPERIENCE WHEN RE-READING MY FAVES?! I am all over the place like a child in a candy store when re-reading my favorite book because I always become overwhelmed with the feels. Seeing my favorite ship set sail, re-reading all my favorite lines, the happily ever afters, I love it all! There is NO SUCH THING as TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING!

NEW PERSPECTIVE

When re-reading a book, I always try to look at the story from the perspective of a different character. I’ve found that this is actually quite helpful when it comes to spotting new details. It has even helped me to better understand plot twist and the reason why certain events had to occur. I did this when I re-read Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas to understand the death of a certain character (still not over this, btw) and now I understand why this character had to die. R.I.P my feels, once again!

A FUN BREAK IN-BETWEEN REVIEW BOOKS

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I gave the perfect example previously with Nevernight and let me tell you, re-reading that book totally kept me out of a slump, too. It can become a bit overwhelming having to just read review books all the time and sometimes, I don’t want to read two books as once and this is a great alternative when I want to take a quick break from review books. I tend to read my re-reads faster since I already know what is going to happen and then I’m ready to jump back into review books. NO HARM, NO FOUL AND EVERYONE WINS!

ACTUALLY GETTING YOUR MONEYS WORTH

This is probably my most IMPORTANT reason of them ALL! I don’t like spending money on physical books unless I know, FOR A FACT, that I will re-reads these books in the future. It’s not worth it to me if I just read a book once and it ends up collecting dust on my shelves. So I am going to re-read my faves for all their worth because books ain’t cheap so I might as well get my moneys worth, right?


Re-reading books plays a very important role in my bookworm life. It actually affects how I rate books, so if you ever see me give a book a 5-star rating, just know that that book has made it on to my re-read list. I am so ready for my Sarah Dessen re-read binge. She is the reason why I fell in love with the contemporary genre and I can’t wait for the FEELS COMA I’m about the experience!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

How often do you re-read books?

Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a Re-Reader | Rants & Rambles

  1. I re-read books all the time! Seriously! I have a few favourites, and I just add them into my rotation. Some I re-read obsessively (like Harry Potter, which is re-read every single year) but anything good I’ll re-read eventually. I love it. I’m re-reading a Jodi Piccoult novel at the moment, it’s probably the third time since I’ve had it (so, three times in like ten years roughly!?).

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  2. I don’t usually do re-reads, but your idea of using it to take a break from books that need reviewing is great! I think I’ll try it with my Harry Potter. I’ve been dying to reread them!

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  3. I’m always afraid to re-read books, because I fear I’ll be disappointed. There’ve been a few occasions when I’ve read a book from childhood and realized it wasn’t as spectacular as I remember. I will start re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’m sure that won’t disappoint. I must admit, this post makes me want to re-read quite a few books (without fear this time — haha).

    Ja’Mei

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    • I’ve heard other readers say that they have the same fear, but I have yet to come across that issue. I do keep my re-read list to a minimum though. I’m hoping it never happens since I really hate having to change the rating of a book. & you could NEVER go wrong with the HP books! I re-read them every year and my feelings for them have not changed whatsoever!

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    • WHOA, that’s awesome! I’ve re-read books whenever I feel the slump coming so I can avoid it and it always helps. I think it’s because we already know we enjoyed these books before so there is no fear of our expectations being let down. Plus, re-reading books still count as reading and as long as we’re reading, we are happy bookworms πŸ™‚ !

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      • True words said there!! That’s why I count my reading in an excel spreadsheet as well as GoodReads because GoodReads doesn’t count rereads but I count them so in excel I can actually see how many books I’ve read! πŸ˜›

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  4. My re-reading game is literally 0 because I hardly ever reread books. I think the last time I did was maybe a couple of years ago, back before I discovered Goodreads because I didn’t yet know there were SO MANY NEW BOOKS to read. πŸ˜›

    BUT you’re so right that rereading = getting your money’s worth. Just Listen happens to be a book I reread more than others, and I’m pretty sure I’ve exhausted that copy. FEELS COMA INDEED.

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    • My need to re-read books is such compulsive behavior. I used to try and fight it, but I can never win and I always give in eventually. It doesn’t help that my favorite re-reads are just sitting on my shelf instead of tuck away in my attic with the rest of my book, so I just grab them and read them whenever the mood strikes. I’ve even done this while in the middle of reading another book, it’s so bad.πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…. But yes, give me my money’s worth. I worked too many Saturday’s to have only read these books once πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

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  5. Have fun with all your rereading!

    You know, I never thought about rereading between books. I have so many contemporaries on my eReader that I just pick a new one whenever the mood requires it, but sometimes I get disappointed. What a great idea to read one I know I’m going to love?

    I really only reread when I truly can’t remember what happened in the last book the series OR if I get this bad craving for a particular book. I find I don’t really have the time otherwise because I have so many unread, purchased books.

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    • Lack of being disappointed is one of the reasons I re-read books in between review books. When I read disappointing books back-to-back, I can feel the slump coming on and I tend to not want to pick up another book because of the fear of being disappointed once again. Re-reading my favorite books helps to keep the slump at bay, while also keeping me reading so I find it quite helpful.

      I have unread books too, but that never seems to stop me. I have no willpower whatsoever πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­.

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