I think one of the problems I found with having a book blog is that I forget to re-read books, because in previous years I have been too busy trying to read new books to review on this blog. I’ve had to take several hiatus periods from this blog when I found myself in a deep reading slump.
Every year I tell myself I’m going to read the books on my shelf more, that I am going to re-read my books as well as find new ones. This year, I’ve actually been sort of doing that. I think it helps that a few of the new books I got for Christmas were the latest books in series read years ago, like I got Map of Days, book 4 in Ransom Riggs Peculiar Children series. Number 5 has just been released in hardback, but I will be waiting until that book comes out in paperback to match my set. It’s exciting! But I also haven’t read the Peculiar Children series since I was at University. So I’ve been re-reading the first three books in the series.
And, I had forgotten how nice it is to re-read books that I loved before. It’s been wonderful rediscovering parts of Peculiardom that I had forgotten. Yes, I remembered all the main plot points but the day-to-day? That was new again, new and familiar.
I want to try and re-read more, because I get so caught up in ticking things off my TBR I forget about the books I’ve already loved, or they keep getting pushed down the list in favour of newer books. I’m fairly certain balance is needed. For me at least. I’m going to try and read one new book and reread one book from my shelf. The difficult arises when I am re-reading a series and I suddenly want to binge the whole trilogy in a weekend or something.
We are striving for balance!
How do you do with re-reading? Is it always part of your reading challenges and you never quite get around to rediscovery? Or are you an ardent re-reader and fit new books in? If you’ve got a good balanced system, please let me know! I’m determined to be better and stop neglecting my poor dusty books.