Discussion: Should You Feel Guilty for Rereading Books?

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.

A Conclusion?

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).

So, let’s discuss! What do you think of rereading now that you’re a book blogger? Has your opinion change? Do you have rereading guilt? How do you deal with it? Is this just another one of Mandy’s weird book struggles? What are some of your favorite books to reread? We’ll talk it out in the comments below!

60 thoughts on “Discussion: Should You Feel Guilty for Rereading Books?

  1. I reread books so many times I don’t even update it on my goodreads any more. More power to rereading! A way to appreciate the store more and see it from different perspectives. 🙂

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  2. Recently I’ve gone down on reading because of academics . And the only guilt I ever feel is because I’m reading things that won’t help me academically more than those I should be reading . And come on ,you reread books you love ! You go with rereading everything and forget that review pile and tbr for a while . Reading is what you do for pleasure and rereading is not very different 🙂

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  3. I say go with what you feel! If you feel the need to reread a book, do it! You might have new views on it that you could share on the blog or not. Whatever. You do you.
    I’m not big on rereading, to be honest! I’ve never been and the blog hadn’t affected my perception in any way. I feel like there are so many unread books out there and rereading a book that I’m already familiar with, seems like such a waste. I really liked your post! ❤😍

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  4. This is so true! Before book blogging, I used to reread books all the time. Nowadays, I only reread HP books. There’s just so much stuff out there. From my TBR to ARCs, I never find the time to sit down and reread. I have a plan to make a couple of months next year reread months, so yeah. Grear discussion!

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  5. I have the exact same problem, Mandy! I really want to re-read some books (read Winter), but I feel so guilty because my TBR is bigger than it has ever been and it stresses me out. Normally I would say that you should definitely re-read if you want to, but I really get your struggle!

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  6. I am not a re-reader or a re-watcher for that matter. Too many parts of my life feel like groundhog day, so I guess I like to watch new movies, new episodes, and read new books, but I know a lot of people find great comfort in re-reading, because its like visiting an old friend. It can be purely nostalgic or because you are now older, with more life experiences, the book can have a different meaning. I think there is no guilt in doing things that bring you joy (as long as they are legal – which reading is).

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  7. I’ve been re-reading a lot recently even though there are so many new books or books that have been on my shelves for ages that I want to get around to reading. The thing is though, I’ve gone past the point of caring if I’ve not read a hyped, well-loved, or newly released book yet because they will still be there on my shelves and I’ll get to them when I’m in the mood for them. I think this is one reason why I don’t do review requests or I write reviews of books I read ages ago and want to talk about.

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  8. I actually did a post about re-reading books sometime last year. I’m a firm believer in re-reading books. When you re-read books you pick up on things and come up with new realizations that may not have picked up the first time. Also, your opinions and feelings may have changed and the best way to see if they have is to re-read books.

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    1. Yes! You make an excellent point. I tried to do a reread of a book that I read years ago, and I totally realized how much I didn’t like it anymore because of the change. Definitely might have to do more!

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  9. I haven’t re-read any book till now. I want to but I keep getting books from authors and then I keep buying and requesting new books,I have pile of books that I haven’t touched once. How am I supposed to find time for re-read, I don’t have clue! There are some books, I love and keep talking about them, I want to re-read them once I finish with books I already committed. it’s opposite with me, I feel guilty for not rereading. 😉

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    1. Ahahaha, that’s so funny that it’s the opposite way of guilt! But I do know what you mean about the time. With all the piles, it’s so hard to get back to those ones you want to reread. Hopefully some time will come soon to you for it. 😉

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  10. I used to reread all the time until this year. So far I’ve only reread the Bloodlines books this year I think. I usually reread Harry Potter but u don’t did it half heartedly this year with the first few books. But anyway I do love it but I’ve been feeling guilty this year because other people made me feel that way by saying you should read more new books! Now I’m just like…ok I read 114 books I should read what I want to now!!

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      1. My go tos are Harry Potter, Bloodlines, The Selection…I used to reread Vampire Academy but I don’t. I may reread The Lunar Chronicles sometimes. And anything by Meg Cabot is worth a reread. If you haven’t read The Mediator series I recommend that for you.

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    1. Oooooh, those are good ones to reread. I do recommend rereading The Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoyed them so much more the second time around. And I think I read like 3 books of hers and they weren’t bad. I will have to try it out!

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  11. Before I was a book blogger, I was rereading The Mortal Instruments. While I wasn’t exactly enjoying reading it, I always promised to go back to it. Now there is no chance I will. I have so many books here (at university) with me that they take up more that a large Amazon box and a smaller Amazon box. I’ve also had Eliza and Her Monsters “on deck” to read since August, but I keep pushing it back in favour of new releases I pre-ordered. It’s especially frustrating since I have no time to read or blog.

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    1. Oh no!! Gosh, you have everything working against you with the rereads, Moira. XD And I know! I’ve missed seeing your reviews and what you’re reading. Will the semester be slowing down for you anytime soon or is it probably going to keep this way until the end?

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      1. I miss writing my reviews. Classes end on the 8th of December, with my exams being on the 11th, 18th, and 20th, so there should be time in there for me to get some blogging done. I’m also trying to finish everything early this week to maybe write a review on Sunday, but I have 2 assignments due on the 22nd of this month, so you never know. I never thought it would be this heavy.

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    2. Oh wow. So a little bit more time, but hopefully you can get some done then. But I hope everything goes well especially your exams!! Will cross my fingers for you. It depends on the semester with how heavy it gets. Sometimes it would be so easy and smooth and other times it gets so crazy. Sorry it’s being so heavy on you now. D:

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  12. Lol, I laughed so hard at some parts of your post – great discussion idea! I *love* rereading books, and I don’t feel guilty for abandoning my TBR even various times a year for some of my beloved faves… but it is totally certain that since I started blogging, I’ve had less time for rereading then before. Like you said, the new releases keep coming every freaking month, and so even my backlist titles get lost in there, not to mention the books I want to reread. 😦 Anyhow, I still adore rereading, because there is something lovely in revisiting my favorite stories. Something I like to do when I don’t have that much time for a reread is just reread my favorite parts of a book, or skim-read a book.
    Wonderful post!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. Awh, thank you XD But I know! All of those things keep piling up, but I LOVE your idea of skimming or rereading just parts of your favorite books. I’m totally going to have to do that!! Thanks so much for the idea!

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  13. I FEEL YA! Before I started book blogging, I used to re-read books all the time, especially because I’d read in Portuguese, and they’re expensive as hell! Then I found out about Book Depository and well .. we all know how that ends. I once read Divergent seven times in two weeks, but ever since I created my blog, I’ve only re-read ONE book! And sometimes I’m super in the mood to re-read a beloved story, or just remind myself of things I’ve forgotten but then I remember about my TBR, about NetGalley, about requests, about new releases ):

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    1. Ahahahaha Book Depository is definitely a huge issue to book buying because you just want more and more from it. XD But oh no about just one book! D: I usually talk myself out of that, but it seems like you really enjoyed it (i’m still so impressed by how you read Divergent that much in a short amount of time XD)

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      1. I’m impressed at myself too, I don’t think I would ever be able to accomplish that again, because I was around 15 when it happened (no school work stressing me out haha) xD

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  14. Personally, I think you should read whatever makes you happy at the moment regardless of your TBR. Forcing yourself to do something you’re not happy with will just put you in a slump. And honestly? Sometimes you have these revelations or different opinions when you reread a book. A specific scene might hit you or a character might shine in a way that you didn’t notice before. I think it’s fascinating to read a review that’s a reread and see how a person’s perception has changed. Having just come from Shanah’s lovely advice post, I’m going to steal from her (paraphrasing) and say it’s important to write for you, more than for your audience. The same goes for reading. Yes, the audience is amazing but you need to be the best reader and writer for yourself first. If you’re not enjoying it, your readers won’t enjoy it. So please, dazzle us with your fangirling over your favourite (re)reads.

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  15. I love to reread. But I barely do it. I say I’m going to and then months and months pass and I still haven’t done it. SO for me it’s like I’m guilty of crying wolf i.e. crying rereads because I never actually do them. The reason for that is usually because of the reasons you stated above. New releases, physical TBR, ARCs and review requests! Take for example my TLC reread, I didn’t end up getting to Stars Above and Wires and Nerve bc requests and Netgalleys became too much. But like whenever I do reread….I never feel guilty. I am revisiting an old happy place and nothing (not even Maz and Kez nagging me for reading the same books) can stop me from loving it again! So don’t feel guilty Mandy! We have free will of what we can read so read or reread whatever your royal heart desires!

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  16. Geez girl; you have to stop torturing yourself so much!
    I’ve said it before, saying it again: Even as a book blogger you can’t forget that you read for YOU. Not for the whole wide world. YOU. If you feel like picking up a certain book even though you have ten author requests you have to get to; read the damn book you feel like reading. At least you’ll really be invested in that book instead of having to force yourself to concentrate on another one?
    If you want to reread one of those gems you once read, JUST DO SO. Want to post another review on it? DO SO. It’s your blog, your rules. And, honestly, I think it’d be fun to have a comparison of an old review with a new one. You never know what changed, or maybe what bothers you now that didn’t before – because we all know we get more critical the longer we’re in this book blogging world, haha.

    Just read what you feel like reading, girl!
    [You can also justify it with setting yourself the monthly “goal” of at least one reread? ;)]

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    1. Ahahahaha. I do torture myself quite a bit. XD But seriously, Kathy, your motivational comment was epic. You just gave such good advice. I’m going to get my butt in gear and follow it because you’re so right. I just need to read what I want to read to be happy. And I do like that idea of a monthly goal.

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      1. So I’ve noticed, haha! You’re very very welcome! I’ve been at the same place you’re at now, but fortunately I realized this pretty quickly and just went ahead and did my own thing.
        So, a genuine: HAVE FUN READING!!

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  17. I’ve never really been a re-reader, so blogging hasn’t changed that. I don’t re-watch movies either, so it could be I’m just weird,

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  18. I never feel guilty about re-reading a book. I typically re-read books that I really enjoyed and there’s no harm in doing something that we enjoy. For me it’s no different than re-watching shows or movies that you like. There’s a sense of comfort in it, which (for me) is needed sometimes.

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  19. I was always a big rereader growing up. My favorite books are practically memorized. I do have a hard time rereading now, except for me it’s not out of a sense of guilt, but more fear that if I take time to reread that favorite trilogy (for me it’s Lumatere Chronicles. I want to reread it so bad!) it’s more about worrying I’ll get behind. I live in fear of getting behind on my blogging schedule. Which is ridiculous. My calendar shouldn’t control me!

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  20. I’ve never felt guilty about rereading books before…but now I am second guessing myself. I haven’t had time to reread lately though, so there may be that too.
    Besides, I think you can write reviews on rereads. Rereads can reveal a lot of hints and clues that you probably didn’t notice on the first read.

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  21. aaaah this is such a good post! I love rereading – I’m rereading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo right now – but I always feel so guilty about it :/ and YOU’RE RIGHT, WE SHOULD NOT.

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