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Okay, that title is melodramatic, but I’m having a crisis, people!
Before becoming a book blogger, I was a huge rereader. I probably reread more old favorites than new books each year. When I started book blogging, that all changed. I realized just how many books there are in the world. It seems like a thousand new ones are published every day. I pretty much stopped rereading a few years ago so that I could read ALL THE THINGS.
But, I missed my old favorites, so I made a goal to reread at least one book a month in 2017. So far, I’ve reread 9 books (including the entire Harry Potter series), and I’ve rediscovered how much I love rereading.
When I made my goal, I didn’t know that it would wreak havoc on my life. Every time I reread a favorite, I end up with a massive book hangover. I spend days thinking about the favorite. I can’t move on. I pick up other books and put them down again. Whatever I read after the favorite just seems . . . unimpressive.
Then there are the star ratings on Goodreads. I honestly don’t put much stock in stars, but I do use star ratings to help me see at a glance which books I liked and which I didn’t. In the first half of 2017, I’ve only given 5 stars to 5 new-to-me books. At this point in past years, I’ve had way more 5-star reads. At first I figured it was just me being cold-hearted, but now that I’ve thought about it, I blame the rereads. I’m subconsciously comparing every new book to my old favorites. The newbies just aren’t as good as the oldies. Very few new books have excited me this year.
Speaking of excitement, that’s another problem. I’m way more excited about my To-Reread shelf than my To-Be-Read shelf. I want to be rereading. This is terrible for my TBR because I haven’t stopped acquiring new books. The new books are just piling up on the shelf while I think about which old one I’m going to read next.
I guess there isn’t really a point to this post because I’m not going to stop rereading, but the “issues” it has caused have been unexpected. I’m wondering if other people love rereading as much as I do.
Let’s discuss: Are you a rereader? If you are, have you experienced any of these problems?