Originally posted on my personal blog here.
Today I wanted to talk a little about rereading. So grab your tea or coffee and let’s talk books!
I thought it this some this morning while I was rereading sections of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. It is book three in the Shatter Me trilogy.
Now, I’ve reread this trilogy twice since I originally read it a couple years ago. And while I was flipping through and finding my favorite romance moments to read again (something I do a lot with books ) I was wondering, what makes a book rereadable? Why do we revisit some books like old friends while others sit on the shelf after one read-through? I’m going to share my thoughts with you guys, and I’d love it if you’d share any thoughts you have in the comments! Or just make your own blog post about this topic so I can read it!
What makes a book rereadable?
- Writing style: I think if a book flows really well in its writing, it can make a more pleasant reading experience that you want to go back and live again! I’ve read some books that have great plots/characters but jump around so much it forces you to concentrate harder on each word so you can keep up with the changes. There isn’t really anything wrong with this, it’s just not cohesive with a lazy evening reading and dozing It’s not that “comfort zone” atmosphere I look for in a reread.
- Romance! I’m not going to lie. I’ve read so many sections of so many books over and over. Because romance. If the characters interact well together, the descriptions of their kisses are vivid, you have been on this long journey shipping them while they had no idea they were in love and should just kiss already, you need this time. This part of rereading just makes me feel happy all over again because finally(!) they are in freaking love and enjoying it. Books that come to mind are of course Ignite Me, City of Glass by Cassie Clare (cause that book has my OTPs up the yin yang), The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins, and back in the day, Twilight may have been on there. Don’t judge me!
- Humor and characters: I think when you reread a book, it’s because it makes you feel good. You don’t reread those epic mysteries to find out who the murder/betrayer/overall bad dude is, because you already know. It has to have something more. Something that makes you smile or laugh or feel all fuzzy and warm inside. Which means the characters have to love each other and play off each other well. Even in the most epic fantasy book, I still want my characters to joke and fling sarcasm around. Because it makes it relatable! It makes it fun and easy even in the bad times. I can’t think of a better example than Harry Potter. Think of all the death and darkness in those books. But we still love them to pieces. We still reread and rewatch the movies and visit the theme parks. Because while those characters were growing up and loving each other, we fell in love with them. They make us feel magical and warm and fuzzy inside. They make us feel like we have a second home there, with them. It’s coming home to friends
I could go on longer, but I thought I’d cut myself off right about here Let me know if you guys agree/disagree, or want to add anything! I love getting to know you and sharing opinions!
Published by Jordan Penner