Today’s Question(s) is …
Have you ever reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it?
My Answer(s) is …
Um. This is such a strange question to me. I know there are readers who don’t like to reread, and I’m pretty sure they’ve still reread at least one book. I could totally be wrong, though. Maybe I’m overthinking this question a bit. This doesn’t bode well for future posts.
You’ve probably already guessed my answer. And, if you read my blog regularly, then you’ll definitely know my answer. Yes, I’ve reread a book. I’ve reread many books. There are some series I make a priority to reread every three or four years. This includes Harry Potter, Twilight, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Hunger Games, Graceling, and a few YA and adult stand-alones. Each year, an average of 33% of the books I read are rereads. So far this year, I’ve read 28 books and 8 of them were rereads.
Even though there are over 1500 books on my TBR, I need to reread some of my favorite stories. I love revisiting my favorite fictional places and spending time with my favorite characters. Every book I rate between 4 and 5 stars are ones I’d consider reading again. I actually only give a book 5 stars if:
- I want to reread it.
- It makes me feel happy in some way.
I’ll reread a book if it fulfills a requirement for a challenge. I’ll reread to participate in a read-along, like I did with The Chronicles of Narnia this year. And, I reread for my mental health.
Trigger warning. Only continue reading if you’re in a good space. Those who read my blog regularly know I deal with a few different mental illnesses: Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD. Because of these disorders, suicidal ideation is something I struggle with almost weekly. Most of the time, my ideation is between a 1 and 2 (out of 5). This means I have fleeting thoughts and maybe a fleeting plan when it’s closer to a 2. Every now and then, my ideation gets to one of the higher numbers. I’ve been at a 5 (acting on the urge) five times in my life. Fortunately, I’m still alive.
When I’m at skills breakdown, for me that’s an ideation between a 4 and 5, it’s harder to access and use the skills I learned in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that help me get out of crisis. When my ideation is that high, the most effective skill for me is ice diving. This gets me to a point where I can do other distress tolerance skills. The ones that help me the most are distraction and self-soothing. THIS is where rereading comes in.
I distract with activities, emotions, and/or thoughts AND I self-soothe with hearing by listening to a familiar audiobook, one that I know will help me regulate my emotions. The Harry Potter audiobooks work the best for me because I adore every single character, the arc of Harry’s journey, and the wizarding world in general. When I have a hard time thinking clearly, I can feel calmer and more rational after listening to a chapter or two. At that point, I can use other emotion regulation skills to get me into a more stable place.
Anyway, now that you know more about me than you could possibly ever want to know, what about you? Do you like to reread books or focus on reading new ones?