As I sit here forming my 2014 End of the Year survey, I can't help but be shocked by the low number of books I've read this year. 73. 73 books. That's it?!
Now before you back away from this post in horror, trust me, I can explain!! With the horrible combination of school, stress, fatigue, traveling, procrastination, and reading slumps, no one could read as many books as they had hoped. I've had a total of 12 reading slumps this year. Yes, TWELVE. When I find a book I don't like, I tend to shut down and wallow in self-pity before jumping back into the swing of things. But that's not even the biggest factor that's led to this predicament, it's been my rereading obsession.
I reread way too much. Rereading is the only thing that can bring me out of a reading slump. Yet it's also a reviewer's kryptonite. We can get lost in a sea of rereads and it's not like you can re-review the same books. Rereading is so much fun though! It might not be productive, but it makes me so happy. There's nothing better than cracking open your favorite book and revisiting your favorite characters. Nothing can compare to the safety you feel while rereading. You know the book is good, there's no fear that it's going to disappoint.
-Memorized the chapter titles of City of Bones
-Know the epilogue of The Hunger Games by heart
-Can recall the whole Throne of Glass series storyline arc from memory (literally chapter by chapter I can detail everything that happened off the top of my head)
-Recognizes which book Vampire Academy quotes comes from
I've read some books so many times that crazy weird things like that *points above* happens. Is that sad? The books that I've definitely reread the most would have to be The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Throne of Glass, The Hunger Games, Unearthly, Lux, and Vampire Academy.
When I first started reading, I obviously didn't know any better than to reread. I didn't realize there were more amazing and wonderful books out there. I clung to my favorites, scared to let go, scared to try something new. Blogging has opened me up to a world full of more books than I could ever imagine. Reading other blogs has exposed me to so much more; I have over 700 books on my TBR now.
I still need a good reread to pick me up from a reading slump everyone once in a while, but I try to limit it.
Do you reread? What have you reread the most?