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‘Tis the Season of Rereading: How to choose what to reread (ft. a handy flowchart)

Hi Virtually Readers! I haven’t had any time to reread this week (although I WILL I swear) so today I’m doing something different: a guide to deciding what to reread. In the comments of several of our posts, people have said something like ‘I’d love to join in/reread, but I don’t know which book to choose’. I’ve always been a big rereader, so it surprises me that some bookworms aren’t (which is okay). This is a step by step checklist guide thingy to choosing a book to reread. 

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First of all, this doesn’t look perfect, basically because I spent a long time battling with good ol’ info gram and then gave up and took screenshots. There is a better version, but somehow I couldn’t embed it. Anyway.

I have a lot of packing/panicking to do, but I’ll quickly walk you through this.

Firstly, I think rereading is a mood thing because it’s so comforting, so it’s best to reread something while you feel like it instead of waiting to get it from the library or buy it or whatever. So if you’re thinking of rereading something, I like it to be something I have already checked out or on my shelves.

I don’t think there’s much point in reading something if you don’t get anything out of it. If you enjoy the book and think you’ll enjoy reading it again, then you should reread. If you only enjoyed it because of the plot suspense, then rereading might not actually be any fun. If you didn’t enjoy it it might still be worthwhile! I’ve reread books that I disliked when I was younger and liked more now. And I’ve reread books that I think I can learn something from, even if it wasn’t my favourite. (PS: discussion about giving books a second chance coming your way sometime soon).

Lastly, I think rereading does require some time. Most books would not be that enjoyable if you started at the beginning as soon as you finished it. But I’ve reread some books twice this year and definitely have no regrets. Rereading isn’t about plot; it’s about language and characters and dialogue. So if you’re trying to decide if you’ve read it recently, think about whether you will appreciate those things again, or whether the entire story and language and characters are fresh enough that the entire thing won’t feel worthwhile.

Ultimately, choosing what to reread is up to you. I hope this guide helps you; it’s the thought process I go through when thinking about rereading.

Do you think you’ll use this? What do you want to reread? Are you a big rereader? And most importantly, do you have any recommendations for how to wrangle Infogram?

 

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16 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season of Rereading: How to choose what to reread (ft. a handy flowchart)

  1. Nice post! And that is a very handy flowchart.

    I’m generally not a rereader, but one of the ones I’m planning on getting to during my Christmas break is actually a reread! I’m doing that one for two reasons: I really enjoyed the story and it’s been ages since I read it. :p I finally have the rest of the series, so I want to do a full recap before I dive into the next bit.

    Ooh, that post about giving books a second chance sounds super interesting! I’ll keep an eye out for it!

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    1. I like rereading series sometimes, although I don’t always. I hope you enjoyed rereading 🙂 😀 Enjoyable stories should usually be enjoyable a second time (unless you’ve changed in between, in which case all bets are off I guess)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lara! The fifth Harry Potter book is definitely my favourite too, it’s so good but not tax depressing as the later ones. I reread HP earlier this year and have no regrets.

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  2. That infogram was really nice! I’m surprised you had a problem with it.

    I want to reread at least two Geek Girl books. Partially because I miss it and Holly Smale isn’t going to publish another book in a while, and partially because I have yet to add it to Goodreads or my blog.

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    1. Thank you ❤ I couldn't import it from the website, so I ended up having to take several screenshots that didn't quite line up. Anyway. You should reread Geek Girl! I've been meaning to try them fro a while because they're so famous.

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    1. Thank you! Harry Potter is such a great reread because it’s so easy to immerse oneself in the world. I reread the whole series earlier this year. I’m so glad you like this (and sorry I didn’t reply earlier whoops ❤ <3)

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  3. OH I love this little flowchart so much! I didn’t re-read too many books lately, mainly because once you’re book blogging, you are swallowed whole by these new books and releases and new things to read, it’s easy to forget about the books we had and loved and want to re-read. I definitely want to try and re-read at least one book every once in a while, to get back into an old favorite or something ❤

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    1. Oh thank you! I totally get it, it’s so hard to stay on top of new releases. But rereading can be so fun, so I don’t think you should feel guilty. (Maybe I should write a post about book related guilt when you reread for pick something that’s low priority). But old favourites are so nice sometimes, and sometimes you discover you don’t like it any more too, in which case you learn about how you’ve changed over time.

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    1. That’s okay! All book worms are different… and I bet it’s good for your TBR pile! (but if you ever do reread, you might enjoy it… just saying)

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