Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve discovered I have a lot to discuss lately. I keep thinking, maybe I should tackle some important things like those Sunshine Blogger Awards from back in March (yes, literally, I am that far behind XD), but instead, I’m sitting here going, but I want to see people’s opinions on a question that I’ve been struggling with lately. So clearly…those poor Sunshine Blogger Awards will have to wait another 8 months (so so sorry anyone that has tagged me recently).
So, my question for today is concerning rereading books. Lately, I’ve side-eyeing some of the books on my bookshelf that I have read this year or read a ridiculously long time ago. I’m super in the mood to reread them, or there is another book that is coming out recently and guess what! Mandy can’t remember a thing about them, so a reread is definitely in order. However, some part of me…can’t quite justify picking it up? Which sounds weird and strange so let’s dissect Mandy’s hesitancy like little book scientists.
Before I was a book blogger, I wasn’t a rereading queen or anything. I mean, whenever I needed to reread a book or had a strong desire to, but I mean, I didn’t have planned rereads every year or pick up a book from the past to reread it whenever I felt like it. However, whenever I did decide to reread, it wasn’t like I felt this guilt or had a long 30 minute inner monologue with myself on all the reasons I shouldn’t pick it up (gosh, can’t I be a real buzzkill?). I would just read it. Well, what changed?
Reasons I Feel Guilty Now
- Um, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BOOKS I HAVE TO READ ON MY PHYSICAL TBR? Before book blogging, I was chill about my book purchasing. I had what I would like to call “self-control”. I would literally only buy the books that I adored and loved and super cherished. Enter BOOK BLOGGING, and now I see so many amazing reads and I can’t deallllllllllllllllllllll. I just want them all and sadly, I try to buy them all (my credit card has stop me on multiple occasions NO NO NO more books). When I gaze at all the books that I haven’t read that are new and exciting, how can I justify reading a book that I’ve read before.
- New releasessssssssssssss. There are so many new releases out there and THEY KEEP COMING (um, yes, Mandy, that is why they are called new releases). I already have 125 books for 2018 on my TBR shelf (WAIT, I HAVE HOW MUCH?????), and that doesn’t include all the powerhouse books that are coming out in the next few weeks and in the prior weeks. Plus, does anyone else sometimes feel like you have to read books to be on trend? Sometimes, I might sacrifice rereading that favorite book from 2007 to read what all the hype is about for something that just came out 2 weeks ago.
- Then there’s ARCs and review requests. How are you supposed to reread a book or justify it when you have 10 books to read in a month and you’re crying and they’re crying and the books are crying, and there really is no reason to binge read the entire Lunar Chronicles again (that was actually a true story from back in May – and um, yes, there was really that amount of crying).
- Plus, I mean, do you really want to see the same review? I’ve still gotten it in my head that I really want to review all the books that I read, and I mean…what do you do with a book that you already reviewed? Would you readers want to reread that review with like a paragraph of you just fangirling again? If you’ve never wrote a review on it before, it’s all good, but I mean, what if it’s Daughter of the Pirate King that you just read and reviewed in March. Are your readers going to roll their eyes and go, oh, Mandy, get it together and fangirl over another lady pirate novel already and tell us more about your Invictus review? THESE ARE REAL QUESTIONS I HAVE.
I mean, there really is no reason that I should be guilty for rereading – I mean, I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t feel guilty for reading anything if it makes you happy, so why I am so down on myself for rereading? There’s still a part of me that feels guilty, though, when I pick up Grave Mercy, having read it 3 times prior when I have new books haunting me from my bookshelves all around. I’m almost completely caught up on my review requests, so I at least don’t have that hanging over my head, but the guilt, I guess, will always be there as long as I have unread books on my TBR. So, the rereading struggle will live on to another day (and probably forever since I highly doubt my butt will get on top of things).