Something Jenny said on Sunday made me think about how my reading habits over the past few years have changed since I started blogging. Before, I used to reread a lot more. Maybe half of my reading totals came from rereads, and all of them from books in my collection.
a) I had a lot less unread books sitting around in my room. My book collection was seriously small compared to what it is now, and so was my TBR pile. I also didn’t have access to a good library, so if I wanted to read something, it had to come from my own book collection, and so I ended up reading a lot of the same books over and over again.
b) I didn’t have a job, so I bought less books which meant fewer new things to read. And most importantly
c) rereading the same books over and over again brought me a kind of comfort that new-to-me books didn’t give. This is still true! Rereading my favorites makes me feel safe and cozy, which is why I keep going back to them.
You can only read the same few books so many times, though. Around 2008 I made a conscious decision to NOT reread so many of the same books and to go out and find new ones to read.
This is around the same time I finally got near a library and acquired a job. Huzzah! Access to free books and having the option to buy a lot more books lead to my TBR exploding– and I haven’t looked back since.
That said, I do still reread books! But they tend to be from a select group of authors, my Top 10 favorites or whatever. I reread all my Diana Wynne Jones books each year, for example, because she’s my Favorite Author Ever and so I specifically make time to read her books again.
However, I still keep a lot of books assuming I’ll reread them eventually. But when’s “eventually”?
I keep getting so many new books and I have such a large amount of books unread that I often feel guilty for rereading books when I could be spending that time reading new-to-me ones. Last year I reread 11 books, and I think most of them were graphic novels. I’ve fallen onto the other side of the line, now: instead of rereading “too much” I now reread “too little,” and I’m not sure how to fix that.
I mean, yeah, I could just go ahead and reread a book. Easy fix! But then what about all those new-to-me books? When are THEY gonna get read?
Do you reread books? How do you balance new reads with rereads?
Note: this post was edited/parts were rewritten for clarification on July 23, 2014.