Life of a Book Hoarder

To Read or Re-Read?

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve mentioned before that my TBR pile is massive (literally hundreds of books) and I’m trying to read at least 100 books a year, just to keep up with my ever-growing collection. But sometimes I’m overwhelmed by my options and have a hard time deciding what to read next. Sometimes I just need a break – but I can’t just stop reading.

It’s rare a day goes by where I don’t at least read a few chapters of something. I love reading; I want it in my daily life. So when I need a break, I go crawling back to a familiar favorite and re-read something I know I love.

Usually, it’s Pride and Prejudice,  The Hobbit, or, if I’m feeling particularly dedicated, the Song of Ice and Fire series. But more recently it was a book I discovered in middle school, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus (see a description here). Back in the day, when I used to visit libraries, I found this book and immediately fell in love. I checked this book out over and over and finally bought my own copy and to this day, it remains the book I’ve read more times than any other. I’ve completely lost count at this point. It’s a short book – only around 250 pages – so it doesn’t take me long to go through it.

To me, reading a familiar favorite is the same as watching your favorite movie over and over – granted, it takes longer to read a book, but for me, the experience is well worth it.

I know I pick up several books a year that I’ve already read. I’m still mainly reading new books in an attempt to master the monster collection I own, but I have no issues going back to something I’ve already read. I know some people (re: my step-dad) simply don’t understand how I could read a book again if I already know how it ends, and I’m sure others are confused as to why I would invest time re-reading a book when I have 400-something books to read for the first time. But in the end, it’s my time, and I’ll read what I please! ;D


I’m curious, do you ever re-read books? If so, what do you always go back to?

2 thoughts on “To Read or Re-Read?”

  1. I do reread books. I mostly like to revisit childhood classics like Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I generally save retreads for when I’m really depressed and need nostalgia in my life. Otherwise, I try to plow through my TBR pile, which is also several hundred books.


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