Aly & the Rereading Conundrum

Posted February 10, 2016 by Aly in Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 2 Comments

I love rereads. They are a balm to my soul. It means than when life sucks and no other book is captivating my reading cells and I’m feeling down in the dumps about, well, everything, I can go back to my beloved favourites and take a dive into a world I know and love and I can 100% expect to be saved.

But many a problem comes with rereading, and the main one is time. Do I reread The Raven Cycle or do I tackle that ever growing pile of ARCs? Do I drown myself in the Fever series or do I actually get out of bed and have a shower and do human stuff like go to work? Do I spoon the Throne of Glass series or do I feed my cats? There are always other things I must do that do not, alas, involve rereading my favourites. Last year, I only got to reread a handful of my favourite books, and it left me yearning for more. I spent a lot of time jumping between “Should I read that ARC or should I read this book? Should I try and add more words to my daily NaNoWriMo for count or should I read just one chapter of that book?”

Real bookworm problems right there, friends.

This year, however, I plan on changing that. I want to cut down on ARCs and only request the books I can’t survive without; I want to pull a Sheldon and give myself a time of day for doing human things like showering and eating so I have more time to do other things like napping and reading. I want to reread my favourites so I won’t ever fall into an ugly reading slump. 

So here’s a list of books I plan on rereading!

  1.  The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater because The Raven King comes out in February and I AM NOT READY AT ALL EVER.
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas because A Court of Mist and Fury comes out in May and I AM SHIPPING ALL THE SHIPS. (Ahem, mostly Rhysand with Feyre because Rhysand is bae.) (I can’t believe I just said bae. Kill me now.)
  3. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas because the next book comes out at the end of the year and, you got it, I am not ready for this. NOT READY.

Why do you love rereading so much? You might be asking. The answer is simple: if I loved a book so much that I am willing to step back into its world over and over again, and I will never get bored, nor sick of the characters, plot, or arc, then it’s a book I deem ‘safe.’ AKA one I know will never disappoint me and will pull me out of the worst of slumps, the darkest of days, the most depressing of nights. It’s hard to juggle a full time, overnight job, reading, reviewing, blogging, writing my own novel and actually managing to do things for myself, too. I know that when I pick up a well-loved story, it’s not going to add more stress to my daily life. If anything, it’s going to alleviate said stress and give me a few hours of blissful reading and nothing more. I know my ships will sail (or sink, more often than  not), I know that that one heartbreaking cliffhanger will be fixed in the next chapter or book. Nothing about them will drive me crazy or stress me out enough to put it down and then worry that, actually, I should probably finish it because otherwise I won’t pick up another book for a long time.

As I said, rereads are the balm to my soul.

What about you? Do you like rereading books, or would you rather read something new every time? Let me know in the comments!


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2 responses to “Aly & the Rereading Conundrum

  1. Melinda

    I always reread stuff. Mostly they’re books from my childhood like Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Moffit series, Nancy Drew, Jane Eyre or The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve also been known to reread Neverwhere and Coraline by Neil Gaiman and the Harry Potter series. I’ve been on a kick lately to find books that I remember reading as a kid and loving. So far I’ve managed to track down most of them except for one fairy tale book that I can’t remember either the title or the author. I can only remember what the basic plot line was about.

  2. I always WANT to reread stuff, but never have the time. Sobs. BUT I try to make time to reread The Hunger Games as often as possible. Because of course I do. There are TONS that I want to reread. TONS. But like… I already have maxed out any available time, and I don’t think that I should neglect the children for rereads soooo 😉

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