I have a problem.
The first step’s admitting it, right?
I’m a chronic rereader.
If there was an RA club (Rereaders Anonymous), I would most definitely be a member.
Why do I find the need to reread books when I have a million unread books sitting in piles on my floor?
If you’re like me, that’s the question that goes through your head when you’re 20 books behind schedule on your Goodreads challenge. (Or maybe not like me…what sane person gets that behind on their reading schedule?) I know the amount of times I do it probably isn’t healthy or beneficial, considering my ever-growing TBR pile… but that never stops me!
I find I’m often susceptible to rereading when I’m in a bit of a slump. When I’m too tired from work or dealing with sickness, anxiety or stress has me not wanting to touch any books at all!
The horror! But luckily, Harry Potter is always there in times of crisis, and rereading the entire series (as I’ve done so many times I’ve lost count) always gets me back into my groove.
I don’t know what it is about Harry Potter, but I find in times of unease, anxiety and stress…I feel like I’m home when I’m reading it. I instantly feel better about my life and all the crazy things that are happening in it.
I find as much as I love rereading my favourite books… Harry Potter is the only series I can read and finish without fail, but it also sparks my love of reading again when I’m sick and tired of the same old genres and themes.
Harry Potter is my poison. There, I said it.
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing though. That sense of comfort and ease I instantly feel when I pick up one of the books in the series? Hard to replicate in any other novel. In fact, I often find myself lost for words when people claim they’ve never read it.
If reading the series again makes me feel better, how is that a bad thing?
My friends may disagree. Every time they see me with a Harry Potter book in my hand/handbag I hear ‘not again Alana, how many times have you read those books?’
But you know what?
I’m a chronic rereader. A chronic Harry Potter rereader.
And I’m okay with it.
What’s your poison? Is there a book or series of books that you constantly reread when life isn’t going so great?
Is there a particular novel that always gets you out of your funk?
Or is re-reading too much for your Goodreads challenge to deal with?
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