Hi everyone! Today, I want to talk about rereads. I don’t reread books, I used to reread two series (one is fantasy and one is romance) because they were my favorite series, but the authors of both of them disappointed me recently, so I’m not rereading those series anymore and the only other book I have ever reread is The Alchemist because I read it and then I had to read it again for school.
I realized this year after a discussion with my friends that the reason why I haven’t been rereading books (or rewatching movies or tv shows for that matter) is messed up. In my mind, there are so many books I haven’t read yet and that I want to read, that I have this feeling that re-reading was a waste of time and that I wasn’t being “productive” enough. I read as a hobby, I read because it makes me happy and it gives me comfort, but my way of thinking has been permeated by this capitalist idea that even our hobbies have to be productive and that we have to use time efficiently even when we are doing things for fun.
After I made this connection of why I don’t re-read books, I immediately recognized that I need to change the way I have been thinking about it. I want to reclaim my free time and stop unconsciously accepting and reproducing this capitalist’s view of time. Which is why I started to write down a list of books that I want to re-read and it was so hard to come up with books because my mind keeps telling me ¿do you really need to re-read this book? ¿would your time be better spent reading books you haven’t read before?
But I’m not going to listen to that little nagging voice, I’m going to try to leave that mindset in the past and I’m going to re-read some books in 2021:
Bergman Brothers Series by Chloe Liese: This is a series I started to read in June 2020 and it has quickly become one of my favorite romance series, I think Only When It’s Us is going to be my favorite romance of 2020, so I really want to experience these stories again.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Well Met by Jen DeLuca and From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata: I want to write a favorite romance books of all time list in 2021 and I found so many new favorite romance books in 2020 that I need to reread some of my old favorites to see they live up to my memory of how good they are.
Beard Science by Penny Reid: There’s a spin-off series with the main characters of this book and I read the first book when it came out a couple of months ago and while I enjoyed it, I think I’ll enjoy the new series more if I re-read this book before continuing with the other books. This may become a reread of the entire Winston Brothers Series, but I’m not sure yet.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown + Take a Hint, Dani Brown + A Girl Like Her + Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert: Right now, Talia Hibbert is my favorite romance author and since I’m writing my favorite romance books of all time, I need to chose which one is my favorite because I’m going to have a one book per author rule. That’s why I want to reread all my favorite books by her.
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility & Persuasion by Jane Austen: I love Jane Austen and I have read most of her books. I have also read so many retelling of her books and I have watched so many adaptations, and I think tiny part of the reason why is because I wanted to experience these stories again but I didn’t let myself reread the original books. I think it’s finally time to enjoy these stories again and I’m hoping I’ll love them even more now that 7 years have passed.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I read these books in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively, and I always meant to continue with the series but I never did and then a lot of time passed and I knew that if I wanted to continue with them, I had to reread these books and I kept putting it off, but it’s finally the time to reread them and continue with the series.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I always think of this book as one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time, but while I remember loving it, the truth is that I don’t remember that much about the story, so I want to refresh my memory.