Re-reading is something I’ve struggled with ever since I started blogging. At first, when I barely had any books on my shelf, I had no problem re-reading my favorites whenever I wanted. Now, when I have hundreds of unread books on my shelf, it’s harder to justify re-reading.
I can’t tell you how many bloggers I have talked to who say that they would love to re-read some books but can’t because they have too many review books. In the past I’ve been one of those bloggers. However, recently I’ve realized the error of my ways. No matter how much I love review books, those can’t be all I read. If I force myself to read one book when I want to be reading another, I’m not going to enjoy the book. I’ve done this to myself too many times and it’s times like those when I have to think about giving up blogging. I mean, if I lose my love of reading, there’s no point to this blog. I think it’s safe to say that’s true for all bloggers.
When I think about re-reading a book, I ask myself one thing: will reading this book make me happy? Sometimes when life gets tough and I get cranky I just have to stop what I’m doing and pick up an old favorite of mine. Going back into the world of Harry Potter or Ella Enchanted or Anna and the French Kiss always picks me right up. Sometimes it takes more than one re-read (such as my recent re-read of the first 4 Harry Potter books) to get me back in the reading mood and back on track with the blog. I find that after a good re-read I enjoy reading new books so much more and blogging feels fun to me again.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to get ALL the books read and reviewed. It’s pretty much impossible but I can’t help but try. However, now that I’ve finally realized that I can’t do it, I’m much happier. I still try and review at least 3 books a week and read just as many but I’m also willing to set aside the reviews books and read whatever the heck I want every now and then. Sometimes those books are re-reads, sometimes they’re not but who cares? Blogging is a hobby, not a job. I just have to remind myself of that every now and then. And you know what, if re-reading a book is going to make you happy, do it!
How do you feel about re-reading? If you could choose one book to re-read, right now, what would it be?