Rereading Books That Missed The Mark

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!

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What I Have Re-Read So Far

caraval
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.

Coming Up

the bone witchThe Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)

Rin Chupeco

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.

DrownDrown
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 DreamerStrange 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.

Your Thoughts

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?

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80 thoughts on “Rereading Books That Missed The Mark

  1. Honestly, I don’t reread as much as I used to. There are plenty of books that I would love to reread, but right now it’s not something I do all that often, but I like the idea of rereading a book that was just ok to see if that rating might go up a little or if it still remains the same. It’s an interesting concept.

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  2. I reread quite often because I always like reminding myself what happened in the previous books. The Bone Witch was hard for me to get through but I loved everything else about it and the sequel was so so good!

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    1. I hear the sequel is amazing! And will definitely pick it up regardless of how this reread goes. I am really learning to appreciate rereading as I age. I find my growing tastes and changes help make for some interesting and new experiences on books I had previously encountered!

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  3. I tend to reread if I own a book because I can’t stand unfinished books on my shelf. It sometimes takes me a couple of years but in general I prefer to finish a book before I pass judgment on it. Wuthering Heights took me three attempts and I’m still not sure if it was worth it, so my system does have a few flaws

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  4. I find it a little amusing that you’re re-reading mostly 3 star books. I rate so many as 3 stars (I’m not very good at rating haha) I’d always be re-reading :). I don’t think I would re-read a book I didn’t like the first time. I’ve only re-read a few books.

    I started The Bone Witch this week! I just looked at your review last night. I think the author suffers from King-ism – extra extra details lol

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    1. MHaha, to be fair the 3 star reads I have here were very low end 3 star (almost 2). Most of my 3 star ratings are decent reads. I chose these because I was so on the fence and feel that my tastes have evolved enough to definitely push me one way or the other now 😉

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  5. I don’t even have time to reread the books that I enjoyed, let alone rereading those that left me with mixed feelings. But even if I did have the time, I don’t think I would, I don’t change my mind or feelings about a novel easily. Maybe if I read a novel as a teenager and then now again, it would be a different experience, but rereading a book from 3-4 years ago probably won’t.. I’d be already reluctant to start it again, so that’s not such a great way to begin. I love that you do though and that you really come to appreciate it more a second time around!

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    1. To be honest, I do not have the time either haha. I am just stubborn so I am doing it anyways 😉 My tastes have changed considerably since blogging and expanding my reading. So this is becoming a fun process. But I will DNF if I do not enjoy it at any point 😂 Thanks so much Inge 🖤

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  6. I do tend to re-read a lot but not books I remember disliking. The only kind of book I’d re-read that I remember disliking would be a Classic that I couldn’t remember ANY details. Other than that, a book, or preferrably a series, has to hook me with something good the first time around.

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    1. I can understand that! This is not a normal reading habit for myself either quite honestly. I reserve rereading for the very few favorites. But a recent conversation led to me realizing my tastes have grown considerably and changed, so I started thinking about books that I was really on the fence with, and well, here we are 😉 I will DNF fast though if I do not enjoy them.

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  7. I have a really hard time re-reading books when I know I have a ton of books on my TBR. And I completely agree with your thoughts on The Bone Witch… I could NOT get into it.

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    1. Haha, I have always been the same. But this year I was like, I will never ever finish my TBR and kind of just gave in 😂 Awful huh? I am still diligently picking away at it, but just no pressure. I read whatever my randomness leads me to. But I can certainly understand why most do not reread. I won’t force these if I dont enjoy the second round.

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  8. I reread all the time! Also because I’m very selective with the books I buy (and even the ones I accept in exchange for a review), so it’s not like I always have a new one to crack open. But even if I did, to me, books are made to be enjoyed time and again. It would be a waste not to…

    Roberta R. @ Offbeat YA

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      1. Ah yes! The few books I choose to read each year, I discover I love more each time. So I understand exactly what you are saying! And I do agree that books should be love continuously. I am finding that my changing and growing preferences and tastes make rereading very rewarding!

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    1. Yes, I can understand that! I was on the fence about this idea but a conversation pushed me forward with it. I realized I have changed a lot as a reader 😉 so I am looking forward to exploring that through revisiting some of these. But I can see why it would not be for a lot. I will definitely DNF if I do not enjoy them.

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      1. That’s totally fair and I think it’s a good topic. I think I might re-read a book I DNF if the circumstances were right. Obviously, if I hated the book I wouldn’t but if it was just down to me and I felt it was a case of the wrong book at the wrong time then I’d definitely consider it.👍

        Tis a good topic, different too.👍📚

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  9. I don’t generally re-read books but I am doing a re-read month this month so I am picking up books I know I enjoyed the first time round. I rarely re-read books I didn’t like. The only two exceptions I have made for this was The Handmaid’s Tale to see if my opinion had changed and I still didn’t like it, and War and Peace which I DNF’d the first time round. I managed to finish it but I still didn’t like it.

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    1. Yes, it can be hard to tackle books we originally struggled with. I have changed a lot in my tastes and will see how I fair with these now. But like you, I will DNF them if they do not work for me this time. I won’t force them 😊 I have way too many to read for that. Don’t we all! I love that you are doing a reread month!

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  10. I don’t usually reread books I didn’t like the first time through. The exception to that is Pride and Prejudice, which I read twice for different classes, didn’t care for, but fell in love with the third time through, when I wasn’t having to look for themes and whatnot.

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  11. Wow! Takes a lot of discipline to re-read a book you didn’t really like that much to begin with. Good for you! I re-read my favourites like Jayne Eyre, Bridget Jones Diary and a few others every few years.

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  12. Interesting discussion! I do reread books, but only books that I like. This is probably because I don’t have much space in my house, and I have to get rid of the majority of the books I read. The ones I didn’t like don’t hang around long enough for me to reread them.

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  13. I do this sometimes. Maybe not for the same reasons as you do – I tend to reread books that missed the mark because I am a huge mood reader, and sometimes I am just not in the mood for a book!

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  14. I plan to reread Strange the Dreamer as well, before Muse of Nightmares is released, although I can definitely see how one could initially not be as taken with Strange. For me, it was fairly slow, but rich with detail and character. So, just enough to make me love it! As for Caraval, I absolutely loved it though I can’t deny that some of the descriptions were way to purple prose-like to the point where some images made no sense haha. But reading it to get to Legendary (which I think is 10x better) is definitely worth it! Hope you’re enjoying all your other reads!

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  15. I love to reread! Sometimes I get mad at myself for doing it because I sometimes tend to reread more than read new books. Taste do change and so do moods, so I think it is good to reread books that weren’t so great on the first try. When I do so, sometimes my opinion about them change for the better, like what happened with you and Caraval. That’s what happened with me and The Great Gatsby.

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  16. Strange The Dreamer was such a weird dilemma for me I love the whole narrative voice but omg that 3/4 of the book was so disappointing 😦 This is such a good idea for posts, need to do this soon too 😀 -Trang

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  17. When I read a book for the first time, if I enjoyed it enough to read again, I keep it, if not I trade it or give it to a charity shop. I only reread the books I really enjoyed. Once I DNF a book, that’s it, no second chance for the book!

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  18. I definitely reread — sometimes for the pleasure of revisiting a book I loved, sometimes as a refresher when there’s a sequel coming out and it’s been too long since my first read to remember enough details. I’ve given a few books second chances after not liking them originally, and usually I’m glad that I did! Sometimes it’s simply a question of mood or timing, so a fresh chance at a different point in my life can make all the difference.

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  19. An interesting idea, Danielle. I don’t know if I would go back and give a book I didn’t like a second chance. I re-read all the Stephen King books about two years ago and re-read my favourite classics from time to time too.

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  20. I’m overdue for some re-reads myself 🙂 Usually I don’t return to a DNF title, though, and save that time for my absolute favorite books. I’m so happy Caraval worked out better the second time around! I recently bought Strange the Dreamer since its sequel is coming out soon, but I know very little about it. Fingers crossed it’s enjoyable!

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    1. I think you will enjoy Strange! It was a bit to slow for my tastes at the time. But that has changed about me the most I think. I finished all of these originally, but I think I have evolved enough now that I will appreciate them more 😊 this is not normal for me but fun I think.

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  21. Lovely post, Danielle! I had extremely similar thoughts about Caraval and The Bone Witch (both of which, I rated 3 stars). I’m still intrigued enough by the concept of both stories, to read their respective sequels, but was overall a bit let down by both both debuts.

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  22. What a cool idea! The Great American read inspired me to pick up some books I read in high school that I didn’t enjoy at the time. So far I’ve only re-read The Catcher in the Rye, but I’m so glad I did because I enjoyed it so much better.

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  23. I only reread books i really liked the first time around 🙂
    But as you said, sometimes we change, and might appreciate some stuff more, so you might end up having more fun during the second read ❤

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  24. Very interesting topic Danielle! I reread books on rare occasions but typically reserve rereading for favorite books like the Harry Potter series and Jane Eyre. When I do reread books, I typically like to try a new format. For example, last December I reread the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series. Next, I’d like to try rereading them via audiobook. I find that trying different formats is almost like reading the book for the very first time.

    I had very similar feelings as you did with The Bone Witch. I thought it was ok. I loved the world, the magic system, and the culture, but I struggled connecting with Tea and wanted a little more action. I do want to give the second book a go. I have a feeling it might be more action packed.

    I hope you give Strange the Dreamer another try. I LOVED it. I did have an issue with the romance feeling off, but other than that I had no issues with it.

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    1. Thank you Amanda and such a great point about exploring new formats! I do this with The Hobbit and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland each year 🖤 I collect various editions with different illustrations and also try audio with different narrators. It is so fun.

      I did finish all of these books but just did not fully connect with them. However, my reread of Caraval went well 🖤 I seem to have changed a lot as a reader over the past few years. So I am excited to see how the Bone Witch and Strange the Dreamer go the second time around!

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  25. I love the idea of rereading book you loved and havent revisited in a long time, but rereading those that didn’t work out? That’s interesting. It would take some kind of outside motivation for me to do that. Maybe if it’s a classic or an extremely popular book that didn’t work the first time around.. I guess that would surely give me a reason to revisit in the future. Right now, the idea of rereading however is impossible. I read too slow and don’t have enough time to revisit when I have a billion books I have yet to experience for the first time hahaha 😀 Great post, Danielle!

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    1. Haha thanks Lashaan. I have become a huge fan of rereading. The older I get the more I realize it is something I find incredibly rewarding. However, this is the first time I am attempting titles I did not particularly enjoy the first time. But it is going well! My tastes change so much. But I will definitely DNF any of them I do not connect with.

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  26. Wonderful post! I normally only reread books I have previously enjoyed, but I do give certain books a second chance if I can’t seem to get a proper feel for the story the first time around. Fun fact: I actually loved Strange The Dreamer haha.

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      1. That actually makes sense, because there are a lot of descriptions involved haha. I sort of fell in love with the writing style so I didn’t mind them or the slower pace. 😉

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  27. Honestly, it’s never occurred to me to re-read books I didn’t like that much until we started talking about The Bone Witch recently. I do love re-reading favorites, however! I am interested to see how your opinion changes with these re-reads.

    Have you considered how you’ll format your re-read reviews? If you don’t mind the suggestion, I’d love to see you compare things which stuck out from your first review, good or bad, and reflect if your opinion of them changed. For example, with The Bone Witch we’ve talked about how your patience for the prose might have improved. I’d love to see a before and after reflection. 😀 But! Do with this what you will. ❤

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    1. I am not sure I will do a full review for each reread as my schedule may not allow. But a small comparison will definitely be in the works if I am able to squeeze them in. Although Caraval was a buddy read, so it will be the usual 5 questions and then maybe a small comparison? Thank you for the suggestions to keep in mind! 💖

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