Top Five Reasons To Reread

by | 22 February 2019 | Books | 17 comments

I’m a shameless rereader.

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read a book, if I enjoyed it, I’m always up for another read.

On the other end of the scale, my sister is a shameless NEVER rereader. She has so many new books to read that she doesn’t see the point of reading something she’s already read.


Thus, over the years, I had to develop some very good reasons (*cough* excuses *cough*) so I could reread without any questions asked. Today—whether you’re a rereader too, or if you’re trying to understand why we’d bother rereading—I’m going to share the top five reasons for rereading a book.


1: I read it too fast the first time

I do this all. the. time.

I get so excited about the story that I realise I’m barely skimming each page and I’m skipping over descriptions left and right and important details are all getting lost in between. I finish the book and think “wow that was amazing, but I have no idea what just happened.”

This is one of the best reasons to reread. It’s basically like reading it for the first time all over again because there’s so much I missed. 😂


2: The plot twist blew my mind

You know those times when a plot twist suddenly jumps on you in the climax and it changes the entire book?

This is where the book itself is practically begging to be reread. You have to read it again! Appreciate all the little hints the author wove in that you hadn’t noticed before. Get your mind blown all over again because wow that was a good plot twist.


3: It was too amazing to finish reading it yet

Sometimes an amazing book ends sooner than you want it to.

Solution: start from the beginning all over again.

It’s not always as satisfying as you wish it could be (what happens next though??), but it’s still worth it.


4: The feels need more appreciation

If a book rips my heart out, there’s 97% chance that I’ll read it again. No regrets.

Shout out to the funny books as well though. Sometimes you just need to revisit it to appreciate the humour properly.


5: I want to read, but have no brain power

Sometimes I’m in the mood to read, but my brain is 99% dead. Time to revisit a good old favourite!

This is such a good reason, though. It can be inspiring and restful at the same time. Throw in a bit of nostalgia and it’s all wrapped up in a perfect burrito of happy rereading bookworm feels.


After all that, I hope I’ve given you some good excuses for next time you reread something. Or—if you’re not a rereader—maybe I’ve even convinced you to try it out.

Because none of us have endless TBR lists already, do we? No waaay. *nervous laughter*


Let’s chat! Do you reread? Have you ever reread a book for one of the reasons I listed? What’s the most-read book?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Abigail Harder

    Lol, I re-read books all the time and 99.9% of the time it is because of one of these five reasons!! 😂😂😂
    My most re-read books are probably either the Doon series by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp or Melanie Dickerson books.

    • Jane Maree

      Yes!! I have friends in the re-reading world! 😆

      Ooh, I’m reading one of Melanie Dickerson’s books right now! 😱

  2. J.A.Penrose.

    Ah yes! Rereading is amazing…even if it makes me feel guilty because of my insane TBR list…

    I shall use these reasons. *nodnod* Thank you!!

    • Jane Maree

      Just think about it, we’ll always have insane TBRs, so we may as well reread now because the list will only get longer anyway. 😅

      You’re welcome. I’m here to help everyone and anyone make excuses to reread. 😆

  3. S.F. Dekreel

    For me it depends on the book. Most books I don’t bother to reread, but if it’s a book I especially enjoy (like Wingfeather Saga or Princess Academy), I will absolutely reread it.

    And sometimes I might reread a book because I haven’t read it in a long time, and I want to refresh the plot. I did that with the first Harry Potter book so I could read the rest of the books with a fresh image in my head. It was convenient.

    One of the awesomest things about rereading in my opinion is the fact that no matter how many times I read a book, no matter how much of the plot I absorbed the first time around, there is ALWAYS something I missed the last time I read it. Always new things to discover. It’s fantastic.

    • Jane Maree

      Of course! There’s no point in rereading something that wasn’t a good book. But if it was… 😏

      Ah, yes, that’s always helpful to be able to remember the pretext of a sequel.

      Yes!!! I find that too! 😍

  4. Evelyn Kelly

    I used to re-read books because I ran out of material…. then I joined the online writing community. XD

    Thanks for another great post!!

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, running out of books will never be a problem now! 😂 Sometimes I think back and remember the days when I didn’t know there was such a thing as ‘release dates’ and ‘the sequel hasn’t been written yet.’

      Thank you for reading! 😀

  5. writefury

    All very true and legit reasons. xD I’m rereading the Lunar Chronicles right now. <3

    • Jane Maree

      There were a few reasons that I almost included on the list too, but I decided to keep it to five because they were…a little less believable. XD

      Ooh, nice! I’m battling against the urge to reread them right now actually. 😅

  6. Quinley

    This is why I love to reread too. In fact I’ve reread The Legend of Sleepy Hollow over and over again just for the story, characters, and language.
    As well as a few other books as well.


    P.S. I was just wondering, if you had missed my blog posts by chance, because I haven’t seen your comments lately, I’m not trying to force you to comment or anything, I was just wondering if you hadn’t been getting it through this new platform.

    • Jane Maree

      Yess–rereading for the win! 😛 Some books just need multiple reads before they’re fully appreciated.

      I have missed a few of your posts recently, sorry! But it’s been a fault on my part, not my blog feed. 😉 I’ll try get back to reading them asap!

  7. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Great post! I LOVE to re-read books. I read The 100 Cupboards three times before I let the library have it back. XD

    And of course, LOTR can never be read too many times. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, that’s excellent use of a library book. Read it as much as you possibly can before reluctantly handing it back. 😂

      Absolutely never. 😛

  8. Mem

    YES. YES. YES. YES. AND YES. I WHOLHEARTEDLY AGREE. And yes; we totally don’t have TBR lists that are as long as the Brandywine River…XD I’ve reread the Sherlock Holmes stories and LotR so many times it’s not even funny. XD

    • Jane Maree

      YES! ☺ Rereading buddies!

      Having long TBRs will always be the case. We shouldn’t let that cramp our style. 😛

      Those are good quality books though! You can’t go wrong there.

  9. C.M. - II Tim. 1:7

    Lovely blog, Jane! (PursueWisdom here from SE 🙂
    I completely agree with your reasons!! I recently finished The Brothers Karamazov and even though it took me six months to finish it, when I was done I immediate knew I had to re-read it again after a year. Great books are meant to be mined over and over again…

    What are some books you consider to be best and deserve to be re-read 🙂

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