My first-ever discussion post, back in November, was all about re-reading books. I confessed that I’m not much of a re-reader, but after deciding to take a second pass over the Divergent series and The Hunger Games trilogy, I realized that it might not be as bad as I was making it out to be.
But even though I ended up liking it, I haven’t re-read anything since then…and there’s a reason why. I’m terrified that I’m going to re-read a book that I loved, and end up not liking it as much as I did the first time. Especially now that I’ve been blogging and reading tons of books, I’m worried that my tastes and my perception of certain things have changed. I’m definitely a more critical reader now than I used to be. I really want to re-read a bunch of books that I’ve always considered some of my favorites, but I’m scared that my love for them will be tarnished if I realize that they’re not as good of books as I once thought they were.
So, instead of re-reading them, I’m now just letting them live on happily in perfectionhood in my mind. But it’s kind of bumming me out that I’m not letting myself experience them again. And what if they are as good as they were the first time? I’ll never know unless I try…but there’s a HUGE price to pay if I’m wrong.
What about you… Have you ever been scared to re-read a book? Do you think that book blogging has ruined re-reading for you at all? Have you ever re-read a book and regretted it?