Stuck in the Past

Posted August 11, 2017 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features / 9 Comments

I’ve hit a weird spot in my blogging/reading life.

I’m at a point where all I feel like doing is rereading old favorites. Like, really old favorites. I suppose it started when I was unpacking old books from my recent move and placing them on my shelves, and have the strong and sudden urge to reread The A-List series. I immediately took to Twitter to see if anyone was interested in reading them along with me, and was met with enthusiastic participation by none other than my bookish and blogger other half, Lauren. As we’ve started rereading the series over the past two weeks, I’ve found that not only do I read rereads faster, but I tend to enjoy them a lot more than I’ve enjoyed reading new-to-me books. There’s no anxiety about if I’ll like the book or not, no pressure to write a full length review of each novel, and no real expectations surrounding the reading experience- I can just read and ENJOY myself. Now I’ve found myself itching to reread constantly (which just isn’t something that I have time to do, truth be told, because in order to stay “relevant” as a blogger you generally need to be aware and consuming and posting content surrounding new releases).

I generally pick 1-2 series a year to reread. It used to be Harry Potter every year (but honestly a lot of my Potter steam has run out lately, ever since the release of Cursed Child) and in recent years it’s been the Shiver Trilogy, The Princess Diaries series, and ACOTAR & ACOMAF. Some of the best parts of doing these annual rereads is the ability to partner with other bloggers and host reread events and share the joy of returning to a familiar and beloved series. Though I always feel the pressure that I’m not keeping up with enough current releases, I’ve been getting so much joy and energy out of rereading lately that I want to continue on with some more series rereads.

Series I Plan to Reread

I can’t even tell you the level of excitement I have when thinking about rereading the above series. I’m flying through these rereads (which does wonders for my Goodreads challenge, let me tell you) but I’m also remembering what the joy of reading felt like in my pre-blogging days (back when I did a LOT of rereading!)

Let’s Discuss!

Do you ever reread, or is it something you’ve had to give up to keep up with your blog? What series do you have on your radar to reread soon? Are their books that you’ve reread lately and you’ve actually ended up NOT liking a second time around? What determines if a book is worthy of a reread to you? Let me know in the comments!

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9 responses to “Stuck in the Past

  1. I love to reread! I probably don’t do it as often now that I’m blogging, but I still try to make time for it. I haven’t reread Harry Potter in awhile, so I may do that. I reread the original Selection trilogy on vacation earlier this year. It’s hard to say what makes a book worthy of a reread for me – it’s just a book I know I love, a story I would never get tired of. Great post!

  2. I’m frustrated by the fact that when it comes to book blogging “relevance” is determined by how often we discuss new releases. :/ Sure, I like new releases, but I also love it when a blogger covers a book that I’ve long forgot about. It get’s me excited to check out some oldies but goodies! SO, I think it’s great you’re taking the time to reread your favorites! I still cannot believe I haven’t ever finished the Mara Dyer series. I LOVED the first book and now with the spin-off series(?) about Noah happening, I think it would be a good time for me to reread the first and dive back in! Happy reading, Cristina!! 🙂

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  3. I looove rereading! I used to reread Harry Potter all the time and actually completed a slow reread of the series this year (i.e. all 7 books stretched out over the last two years haha). I do feel guilty sometimes but when I allow myself to reread it makes me so happy so I’m trying to give in more! This year I’ve reread 7 books so far. Usually it’s when I want a comfort read or something cute, like a contemporary. I watch rom coms over and over so why not books? Other times it’s because I love the rich worldbuilding and characters, like The Raven Cycle. There are so many series I want to reread, I have to find the time!

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  4. I barely ever reread, but lately I’ve been wanting to revisit some of my fave books to see if they hold up. I do a podcast (WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID ON FEAR STREET) about the Fear Street books– those were my #1 fave as a kid. So I’m reread all of those in preparation for our episodes. But I’d love to do a PLL reread or a Gossip Girl one. Or just a reread of fave standalones. Oh, I also reread 2 Sarah Dessen books this spring and I was SO happy they stood the test of time 🙂

    I don’t think I could reread the Mara Dyer series since that last book pissed me off so much!! I don’t even know if I want to bother with the Noah book 🙁

  5. I think re- reads are great even though I don’t do that many, but as a mood reader I have to go with what I feel like, and if it were a re- read then I guess that would be it! I know what you mean though, you do feel like you’re getting away from what’s current if you step back a bit from new releases. I think you should do whatever is working for you though- and I do think a lot more blogs now are diversifying in the sense that they’re not just all ARC- focused all the time, more and more bloggers say they’re reading more backlist or whatever. At least it seems that way to me?

    I do have a few favorites I wouldn’t mind revisiting, now that you mention it… 🙂

  6. It’s been a while since I do re-read and even though I don’t do it often, I always love doing it! There’s a sense of familiarity and just a whole new level of appreciation when you can catch the sneaky foreshadowing or details the author put that you never noticed before. I plan to re-read Days of Blood and Starlight to prepare for Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and I also plan to read Mara Dyer for Noah Shaw trilogy!

  7. Ally

    As you did, I reread a lot of Harry Potter, however with Harry securely packed away in my storage unit that is not an option at the moment. I’m not rereading anything at the moment but when I was a teenager I was constantly rereading Gone With the Wind. I wonder if this book resonates with the younger audience anymore. I suspect the Boomer Generation is the last to love this book as it is a bit politically incorrect . . .

  8. Oh my goodness! I loved The It Girl series SO much! Both that and Gossip Girl were two of my favorites and I constantly re-read them in high school! I still didn’t love Jenny at her new boarding school. And obviously Sailor Moon is the best<3 VIZ is printing Eternal editions starting in January!

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