Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Summer Rereading Adventures

One of the advantages of summer is that I can reread things without feeling terribly guilty about it, since I have more time to sit around and read all day. However, now that summer is almost over (three more days, ugh!), my rereading time has been pretty much cut off. I wanted to post about my rereading adventures, though, because, well, I want to.

I didn't get to reread all the things I wanted to this summer, but on occasion I did just randomly grab things from my shelf that I had no prior intention of rereading. One of those books was Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which I had previously thought was my favorite book that the pair has written. Not so much anymore. I still love it, of course, but now I'm not sure why it was my favorite. I'm thinking that maybe it's because I'm kind of hipster and chose it because no one else chooses it as their favorite, but that can't possibly be the whole reason. I'm glad I have the review I wrote right after reading it (clicking the title of the book will take you to it), but because I wrote the review when I was 13, it's kind of terrible. However, it did trigger a few memories, like that I read it not long after Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and that I was so excited just to have another book to read by the pair of authors. I'm thinking that's why it was my favorite-- because it was new and exciting and still wonderful. I think it's interesting how rereading can change my perspective on a book, and I'm glad that I have somewhat of a record to refer back to to see how things have changed. #whyiwritereviews

Another book I picked up on a whim was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've lost track of how many times I've read this book, but every time I read it, I fall in love all over again. I forgot just how much happens in this book and how tragic it is but how it's also uplifting and beautiful at the same time. That's the best type of reread, I think-- the books that are new every time you go back to them.

However, I also really love the rereads that are familiar every time. I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton periodically, and I picked it up and sped through it again just last week. I've read this book over a dozen times but it never fails to entertain me and make me cry and make me remember all the other times I've read it. I feel the same sadness and hope whenever I read it, but with each reread, I've come to appreciate it more because of the sense of comfort it gives me too. It's always been my go-to book when I need something awesome, and I think it's going to stay that way.

And these are my rambly thoughts on the matter-- feel free to share your favorite things to reread or thoughts on the practice!


  1. The Outsiders has been a favorite of mine since I first read it when I was in seventh grade. I felt so connected to the characters, and I think I read it about fifteen times. I still love it :)

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  3. I reread books all the time. I've read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series a ridiculous number of times, because of the whole comforting and familiar feeling associated with it. (This is the same feeling I get when I reread Harry Potter or Little House on the Prairie.)

    Mostly I reread books, though, because I see something new every time, like you mentioned. I do this with Wuthering Heights periodically, because I've picked up on new things every time I've read it that just make it that much more awesome.

    Anyway, yes. Rereading. I love it.