I realize that rereading is not for everyone. Particularly if that includes tackling books that missed the mark the first time around. We tend to reserve rereading for those few lucky favorites. I personally like to pick up The Hobbit and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland each year, and it is a rewarding process where I always discover something new. Over the past few years my tastes have evolved incredibly. I still attribute most of this to blogging in a large part. It’s through constant discussion and comparison that my own thoughts and experiences are continually challenged and expanded on. I truly enjoy this aspect of the book community. Since I feel I have changed as a reader, I felt that it would be fun to revisit some books and see how I feel now. And I have to admit, I am thoroughly enjoying this decision so far!
What I Have Re-Read So Far
Caraval (Caraval #1)
By Stephanie Garber
My Original Rating: 3/5
This was a miss for me originally due to multiple hangups. I struggled with Garber’s color association and my failure to connect with the characters. You can read my full thoughts here.
However, I recently completed this as a buddy read with Debby at Always Booking and found myself more inclined to just enjoy the “show” and my overall experience was significantly improved! Which has me feeling positive about the decision to reread a few of these books. New review soon.
My Original Rating: 3/5
This is a heated discussion with many friends. I understand the love for this book. However, had it not been for an amazing concept and some beautiful prose, I would have DNF’d this. I struggled tremendously with the constant need to describe everything down to the smallest detail. I am hoping that my tastes have changed enough now, that I will appreciate this, in the same manner, everyone else seems to. My original review can be found here.
By Esther Dalseno
My original rating: 3/5
Drown was a truly mixed read for me, and since fairy tale retellings are my favorite, I am looking forward to revisiting this twisted take. It has been a while since I read this darker and more dismal approach to the classic story, but I will enjoy seeing how it compares now to some more current retellings. Here are my first thoughts.
Strange The Dream (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor
My Original Rating: 2/5
With Muse of Nightmares soon upon us, I have planned on a rereading for some time. Strange the Dreamer was the rare case of failing to hit the mark but providing just enough to let me know I should pick up the sequel. It is also a book that the more I reflect on it, the more I feel maybe I did not dislike it as much as I initially felt. You can read my buddy review here.
Do you reread books? And if so, is this something you reserve only for titles you enjoy? I plan to continue with this list and expand on it, but I will not force it. If I find any of the books I am attempting to reapproach are still not to my liking, I will put them down again. How do you handle rereading?