Hannah at So Obsessed With decided to ignore her TBR for a month and only reread her favorite books, dubbed #FebruaREREAD. Her post really got me thinking - I love to reread and before I started blogging, I used to do it all the time. Once I started blogging and building up a pretty big TBR, rereads fell by the wayside. But, I was so inspired by Hannah that I decided to do a little rereading project of my own. I was able to get a bunch of future review posts done and scheduled, so I wouldn't fall behind while not reading anything new, and when I ran out of library books near the end of March, I figured that would be the perfect time to start. My goal was to only reread for at least two weeks.
Here's the great thing about rereads: in addition to being stories I love, they often have specific memories attached to them, which is just another reason for me to keep coming back to them. I started with I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith. My college roommate bought this book for me many years ago, and I fell in love with this charming story the first time I read it. The story is told over a few months through the journal entries of a young woman who lives with her family in a dilapidated castle in England.
For our 7th dating anniversary, Tom bought me The Chronicles of Narnia box set. The first time I read The Last Battle, I actually yelled at him for not warning me about the ending (although there was no way he could have known, he'd never read the book!). I was just as shattered this time, but I could see some happiness in it.
Next, I moved onto The Lake House by Kate Morton. Although she is a favorite author, I wasn't quite as thrilled by this one as I had been by her previous books the first time I read it. However, this dual time-line story about a missing child was so much better the second time around!
I read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver for the first time two years ago and loved it. This time around, I brought it to read during my lunch hour and flew through it in just a couple days.
I brought Me Before You to read during my lunch break after I finished Before I Fall. One day my coworker saw me reading it, and she and I bonded over how much we sobbed over the story!
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton was one of the first 5-star reads I had on the blog, so I wanted to see if it would hold up after a couple years. This end-of-the-world story definitely did!
I reread Cinder last year on vacation but never continued with my reread of the series, so this was a perfect time to pick Scarlet back up. I love the way this series introduces new characters while still keeping up with ones we've already grown to love!
Emily Giffin was one of the first authors I discovered after college when I had way more reading time. She got me hooked on smart chick lit, and Something Borrowed is one of my favorites. I listened to this one on audio, and I kind of wish I had just read it instead. I didn't really care for the narrator's voice - she sounded way older than the character was meant to be, she had a weird accent, and she had a funny way of pronouncing some words. But, I still enjoyed the story!
Over my two-week rereading project, I was able to revisit 8 beloved stories. It's a comforting feeling to read a book and know you're going to love it, and I definitely need to make time in the future for more rereading!
Do you reread? What's one book you could read over and over again?