I re-read a lot of books in 2016. Some I had read only last year, others closer to 8 or 10 years ago. To put a number on that, about 15 books of 51 were re-reads (I say about as I’m not too sure where I stopped in the the Young Wizard books the first time).
But I’m not upset by this.
Firstly, I got to revisit old favourites and discover they are still really good books. Others I re-read and they didn’t hold as much water, but that was part of why I wanted to reread them.
Re-reading books is something I used to do quite often. As a child it was because I didn’t have exposure to books as much as I do now. I didn’t know what was coming out or can out recently so I couldn’t ask for them from the library. Also my home town library is tiiiiiny (same with my school one) so it was hard to find new things to read. I also have a lot of old favourites.
As a young adult I typically re-read because I really want to read something by the time exams hit in university, after a semester of refraining from all contact with books. At this point I need a distraction and my self control is at an all-time low so the best way to combat the problem and get back to studying is to read an old favourite. This way I know what is going to happen and don’t feel the pressure to stay up all night because I really need to know what happens next!! as a do with many books. I can stop in the middle of the action to continue to study (in theory, at least!). I can read through the book in a hurry since I already know all the little details. Typically my go-to reads for exam periods is Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small most often).
Last year I didn’t re-read anything. It was all new books after finishing off my schooling for good. It was a fun year!
This year there has been no Tamora Pierce as I revisited Harry Potter, some Maria V Snyder and Diane Duane. I suspect I’ll get back to Tamore Pierce next year as there might be (finally) a new one of hers out.
I have no regrets about re-reading so much! Sure, I found new favourite when I did read new books, but while reading new books is fun but there is a risk of reading a bad book. Many of the books I read this year were merely ‘meh’ or average books.
So if anyone gives you flack for re-reading ‘too much’ send them to me! I will defend re-reads to my dying breath! Please don’t ever feel like you are not a ‘good’ reader because you re-read old books instead of new to you books.