On Rereading: the ‘Why'(on), the ‘Which’, and the Wardrobe

Yup. Not sorry for the horrible pun. I’ll warn you that the title is sort of misleading. The ‘on’ was just to make the pun work. 😜

1. Rereading, why do it ? And What makes a book rereadable ?
2. Some of my rereads!
3. Books I’m looking forward to rereading.

This topic was discussed time and time again, but not by me ! So this will fall under the ‘expectable bookishness’ of my blog xD

Why Reread ?

*brings down a board and takes some chalk*
Let’s have a look at our near and (mostly) dear psychology ! We still have instincts and reflexes from long long time ago, as the saying goes ‘stick with the dog you know’ πŸ˜‚ ( I still remember this quote from Monument 14 by Emmie Laybourne. Please read that book, it’s literally unputdownable from the first page, fantastic to get on a reading kick or out of a book slump. ) But in practical scientific terms, it is called the Mere-Exposure Effect. (Totally not from Wikipedia, guys. But hey, I looked it up for you and now it’s right here. )

The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures of faces, geometric figures, and sounds. In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be.

That was a definition, here’s a theory explaining it. I’m saying theory and it remains a theory because, small but mindblowing fact, the half-life of knowledge in Psychology is 5 years (!!) (The half-life of knowledge being how much time passes before something we were certain about in a certain field is proved wrong.)

The mere-exposure effect has been explained by a two-factor theory that posits that repeated exposure of a stimulus increases perceptual fluency which is the ease with which a stimulus can be processed. Perceptual fluency, in turn, increases positive affect. Studies showed that repeated exposure increases perceptual fluency, confirming the first part of the two-factor theory. Later studies observed that perceptual fluency is affectively positive, confirming the second part of the fluency account of the mere-exposure effect.

Which, in english, means that the more you experience something, the faster you can process it ( Like when you memorize something by repeating it. At some point you’ll need no effort to do it. ) And that when you process something fast, you’ll probably like it. Also that the studies that proved these were separate in time. So this information was put together from them.
I totally complicated this even more, #sorrynotnotsorry πŸ˜‚
That was the objective part. Moving on to the subjective one !

What makes you enjoy rereading a book ?

  • It could be that the first time you read it, you were a different person. Maybe you were a kid and you didn’t fully understand or appreciate everything about it. Maybe you forgot how much you loved it. Maybe you were going through a situation. Maybe you JUST read something mindblowing and your now-reread was in its shadow back then, I dunno.
  • It could be the characters ! I love the characters in the books I read more than a hundred humans in real life, AND I’VE NEVER EVEN MET SAID CHARACTERS. But it’s easy to get attached to fictional characters. And I can’t imagine saying goodbye to them forever after finishing the book. It’s like they really died, and not in their stories. IT’S SAD, PEOPLE. I plan on rereading Six of Crows just for that.
  • It could be the worldbuilding! To me, at least, and I’m sure to many of you too; to escape into the world is a big reason why we read what we read. I’m almost 100% sure to reread a book at a certain point just to get back to that world and get a taste of it again.
  • It could be the events! It happens to all of us. A new installment of a series gets released 2 thousand years from its previous one. And by 2 thousand years you’ve probably forgotten more or less 80% of it. So now you’ve gotta reread because you’ve gotta get used to the writing style, pace, and feel of the characters all over again. *sigh*

Some Books I’ve Reread

  • The Harry Potter series : (Please don’t hit me) I’m sick of seeing this in every list, but it’s true I’ve reread this series the most in my life. Countless times. And mostly the 5th book (Yup, longest one. I like to go for the boss )
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth To get back into the world.
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu To break my heart all over again 😭
  • The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner Because it’s, like, on the top 5 of my favorite series of all time ❀ I think… I never really made a list… *brief crisis*
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey because I love how it is right at the beginning.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because I just love it. And the movie cover is irresistible to pick up. What can I say, I can’t refuse my own books πŸ’™

Books I’m Looking Forward to Rereading

  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi I knew I’ll want to reread this time and time again since before I first finished it. It’s just too magical for me not to come back to. Also, the writing is AJSBAAHSGDUZNFO *drool*
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: I need to read the second book and book 2.5 and then reread this. But I really wanna reread this, I love the world and the characters SO much ❀
  • Red Queen Series I don’t want to forget anything from this fantastic series by the time the 4th book comes out 200-and-something days from now. YES, I literally have an app with widgets to countdown to book releases.
  • Throne of Glass series Because Tower of Dawn just hit the shelves and I still haven’t read Empire of Storms *sob*

Oh, yeah, here’s the wardrobe I promised you πŸ˜‚ I’m really sorry, it was all for the sake of the wonderful Pun Title πŸ˜‚ I was gonna do ‘War Trope’ because it sounded better, but I can’t talk of tropes here because it’s a discussion about rereading, not tropes πŸ˜‚

Do YOU reread ? If yes, how often ? What books make you want to reread them ? What books have you reread, and what do you want to reread ?
If no, what do you do to remember what happened when a new series’ installment comes around ? Do you save quotes to remember them ?

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  1. Great post, Daan! Granted, I don’t do many rereads and I think it’s strange that I don’t. I love so many books, but I rarely take the time to read a story over again. I think there have only been three books I’ve reread several times: By the Light of the Moon, The Host, and Freaks! Alive on the Inside. Oh! And also Graceling. I can’t tell you why those are the ones I reread. I just do XD LOL. There are so many books I’d love to reread, but I focus all my time on reading all the new books that come out. But I’ll try to change that. I wanna reread My Lady Jane, Carry On, Six of Crows, ACOMAF, as well as the TMI series (because I remember zip zilch zero of that series. Can’t remember a damn thing…..). Also, I’d love to revisit some of my middle grade series, like Artemis Fowl and Pendragon!

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    1. Thank you ❀ *smells some recommendations* I've been thinking about rereading Six of Crows too ! the whole ACOTAR series once the next book is released, and Red Queen, Glass Sword, King's Cage once War Storm is released !
      I'm yet to read TMI ! If or when you read them, will you throw me a comment ❀ ? I'd love to buddy read them with you !

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      1. Yeah I might reread the ACOTAR series too before the next book is released!
        And yaaaay! I’d love to read them with you! If I can convince her, maybe Sophie will join our buddy read too! I’m hoping to get around to reading them before the year ends actually. Maybe during Christmastime or Thanksgiving if I can’t wait that long haha

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