Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.
Benefits to Re-Reading
I am a big advocate for re-reading. Whether it’s re-reading your favorite books or even certain parts of books just to remind you of what happened. There are many benefits to re-reading, and I hope by reading my list you will be more open to re-reading some of your books!
Re-Igniting old Sparks
As most of you know, my favorite series is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Over the last 4 years, a new book in that series has released in that series. Last year before the 4th book was released, I re-read books 1-3. Let me tell you how refreshing it was to fall deeper in love with this series.
Re-reading the first 3 books re-ignited the sparks I had when I read it the first time. It reminded me of all the reasons I feel in love with it in the first time.
Re-reading a book, especially if it’s part of a trilogy or series is very important for this very reason. Going back and re-reading a book you can sometimes pick up new information you might have missed the first time around. I know that is the case for me. I tend to only remember the big picture events of a book, but going back in I pick up on the little things that might have slipped through the cracks of my brain.
Sometimes this may positively or negatively effect my outlook on the story. “How could I have missed this? This is awesome!” “If I clued in on this the first time, I might not have rated it so high!” etc.
I’m the type of reader that likes to have music playing in the background of my mind when reading. So when I went back and re-read Falling Kingdoms last year my cognitive senses started playing those songs back to me. Not only did it put a smile on my face but it also brought back many fond memories!
For some people it might remind them of emotions they felt when reading it the first time. For others it could be places and events that occurred during the first reading experience. For example, remembering that you were on a plane ride going to a fun destination, or remembering how hard you cried after a particular scene.
As book bloggers I know most of us have a tight schedule. Whether it be with life, work, or ARCs to be read and reviewed. So a lot of people use not having enough time to re-read their favorites as an excuse.
Well guess what? Re-reading means there is no pressure. You’ve already read and reviewed this one, so there is no time constraint on how fast you need to read it through. You can take a week, or a month to re-read the book. That’s the best part!
Enhances the Reading Experience
The story, the characters, and the world all come to life again. We get to see them in a different light. We are now at a different point in our lives then we were the first time we read the book. Our perspectives have changed, we’ve grown as readers. We get to compare the way we felt after reading the book the first time to how we feel after reading it for the second, third, or tenth time!
We are enhancing our reading experience. By re-reading, you are constantly gaining new knowledge to apply to your life. The benefits definitely outweigh the cons!
Do you re-read your favorite books? As a blogger do you see the importance of re-reading? Let’s have a discussion!
Until next time,