BookishThoughts1So many books, so little time. So why read a book we’ve read before, when there are so many new ones waiting for us?

It’s familiar

Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with new information that it’s nice to just relax and come back to something familiar. Something we know, where we know the ending and we know the characters and we don’t have to stress about what might happen.

It is actually very relaxing.

It’s like rewatching a movie

People ask me why I buy books if I’ve already read them. I tell them it’s so that I can read it again whenever I want, without having to find it again. Then they ask me why I would want to read it again…I mean, I’ve already read it, what’s the point, I know what happens.

When they ask this, I ask them if they’ve ever rewatched a movie. The answer is usually yes. When I ask them why, they act like it’s a stupid question.

So, why do I reread books? Because sometimes I just feel like it, ok?

The important thing is to not feel bad about the books you’re neglecting

You can only read one book at a time. I know, it’s shocking, but it’s true. And I mean physically reading, not just on your ‘books I swear I will finish one day’ pile. And this means that if you want to reread a book, that’s less time you have to read new books.

And THAT’S OK! You are under no obligation to always read new books. And if you don’t feel like reading something new, forcing yourself to read it will probably impact your enjoyment.

That’s all I really had to say

I love rereading books. I don’t even reread the whole thing. Sometimes I just skim through it to find my favourite parts. Which is part of the reason I don’t like ebooks, because it’s harder to skim through them, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Question time! Do you ever feel bad about rereading books when there are so many new ones to read? Do you ever reread books? Or do you just stick to the new stuff? Let me know.