too much re-reading

I think I told everyone before how much of a big re-reader I am. There are reasons why I opt re-reading instead of picking up new books/manga to read. I even said that I also now consider the re-reading value of the titles I read on how rate it books (or manga…sometimes). Because sometimes when I exhaust myself with reading new titles (mediocre ones, unfortunately it happens a lot) I always rely to my favorites to let’s say revitalize my waning interest. It sometimes amazes me how much I can read this story over and over again. Like for instant, Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura; I’ve read it more than what I can count on my fingers—of both hands! No, seriously, I read it far too much that a question lingered while I try ransacking my thoughts—how much can I reread it?

So how much is too much? Can I get tired of rereading the same story? I read it far too much to have even memorized some of the dialogues and yet when the going gets tough (like slump, that’s toughest y’all) I cling to my faves like a lifeline. It’s simultaneously amazing and strange to be so fixated on that story. It’s kinda powerful to have that connection to it that you don’t mind reliving it again and again. 😉

Although granted I don’t re-read in succession. After many months, maybe I’ll go and reread it. I don’t read it after I just well, re-read it. It takes a while before I pick it up and think that “maybe it’s the right time to read it again.” Even though I have 1236926993095323 books/manga on my stash ready for some lovin, I still am gravitating like a moth to flame to my favorites. Somehow it’s startling how immersed I am with this certain story. Mind you, my favorites aren’t exactly the Nobel Prize in literature kinds of stories. But man, do I love them. :mrgreen: I am fiercely in love with them.

That being said, not all faves are worth re-reading. I also have contrasting thought that nothing still beats reading the book the first time you do. I mean, reading a story for the first time: all the emotions—excitement, getting to know the characters, diving to the unknown. The thrill just plunging to a story you have no idea how will go (well, except the predictable). 🙁 And that for me is a great deal in itself and that’s why I never cease to look for new reads. Yet, rereading is something I’ve always been so passionate about.

If reading the first time is like meeting a new lover, I guess rereading is to know more about the person. There are something to be said about unearthing new things beyond the first impression. At least that’s how I think of it. Both new & reread are good. But question remains after all my inexplicit ramblings above: how much can I read the same story? Based on my personality who sticks to what I love the most; indefinite. But really, how much is too much rereading? One, two, three…50? Is there really a story you will never get sick of no matter what? Maybe. Maybe not.

How about you? How much do you think you can read the same book/story? Share your thoughts with me!


10 Responses to How much is too much re-reading?

  1. I’ve read my favourite book four or five times now. I find everytime I go back and reread my favourites I find something new in them, or have a slightly different impression of characters or scenes because of my life experiences

    Steph –

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s the beauty of re-reading, makes you spot new info that we might’ve missed when we first read it. Thanks Stephanie. 😀

  2. Shannelle says:

    I honestly would say that there is no limit! It definitely wouldn’t be fun if you reread it again and again continuously, but coming back to your faves after a very long time is just the best. There’s a Winner’s Crime readalong coming up in preparation for the final book and I love it so much that I get really excited to relive all those great scenes again.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, to read it in succession will make you sick of it. But every now and then sounds a good time to reread a favorite. 😀

  3. I haven’t done as much rereading as I might like in the past couple of years, but there are certain books I will reread over and over again and not get bored. I don’t think there is ever such a thing as rereading too much, because once you’ve read once you know the story. The thing with rereading is that some books are designed for it and some aren’t. Some the fact that you don’t know what will happen next is key for you enjoying it, once you know it all it doesn’t have the same effect. Other books are simply beautifully written with an enjoyable story that you can reread and enjoy in the same way. I do find I need to have a certain amount of space between rereads and I have to be in the mood for the book when rereading but I would never limit myself on the number of times I can enjoy my favourite book. That would be awful!

    Great post, this has really gotten me thinking,

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You’re right, there are books that enabled us to re-read it without losing interest even if we already knew the details beforehand. Haha, that’s true, if we enjoy the book regardless of how many times we have already read it then who’s to say it’s enough. The limit is ourselves. 😀

  4. Alex says:

    I used to read whatever book I borrowed, twice. I did that to read the story to pick up cues that I had missed when I had read the book for the first time.
    Now, I don’t do it any more but I love rereading my favourite books instead. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read the last book of the Kane Chronicles series and I still love that book! I agree with most of the things you have to say about rereading.
    If I really, really love a book then I would reread it until I can’t reread any more. But is there something like that?
    I find this embarrassing to say but I’ve been a silent stalker of your blog for a month (sorry! (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄). It’s really cute and I love reading all your old posts! I’m very, very sorry that I didn’t comment on them. (╥_╥)
    P.S. If you’re interested, I’ve nominated you for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      adasfsfsdgsdgfdsg Alex!!!! *hugs* I should be the one who needs to apologize as my posts are so weird, disorganized & it’s more like unstoppable flailing than anything.
      *coughs* I always missed out some minor details becasue I’m such a quick reader (I zoomed in like a boss~) so reread does help picking up missed out things. Aw~ thanks Alex, I already did here: xD

  5. Yarravy says:

    Re-reading is something I LOVE to do and its for a variety of reasons! Sometimes, its because I love a book so deeply and madly that I would love to repeatedly enter the world and re-meet the characters and just never let go 🙂

    Other times, its to see if my taste has changed. I used to just enjoy everything that I read but over time, I feel like I have become more critical and I just like to revisit stories and see how I like them now compared to in the past.

    While some books I would gladly re-read time and time again, there are others that I wouldn’t do so, even if I did enjoy them. I wouldn’t say there is a limit for how much you should read a book, I would GLADLY read a book I love a thousand times 🙂 But its more a matter of personal preference!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s right, I think most often than not we reread because we are madly in love with it as you said. It captured us in more ways than one that is why we don’t mind reliving it again and again. Unfortunately there are books worth reading just once even though we liked it. It all boils down to our personal preference. *nods*

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