The Joys of Rereading
Jul 7 2023
What book inspired you to start a life of reading? For some, contemporary classics like the Percy Jackson series, the Twilight books, or the adventures of Harry Potter started the daily reading habit. For others, it may have been Booktok favorites like “The Song of Achilles,” “A Court of Thorns and Roses,” or “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.”Rereading books like these is often a nostalgic experience for readers. Sloan and Kyre from the Crow Club recently launched the House of Nostalgia book club on Fable, tapping into our “wistful yearning to return to the book worlds that ignited our love for reading.”
A book club for rereadingSloan and Kyre have been making Booktok content together for a while, starting the popular Crow Club on Fable earlier this year. The club now counts thousands of members and keeps growing every day. In a recent TikTok video, they both announced that they were launching a second club on Fable that “just rereads books and series that had a chokehold on us in junior high and high school.” Club members voted to start the club by reading “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare - a book that introduced many people to the world of reading.Don’t forget you can still join even if you haven’t cracked these beloved books yet! As Kyre explained: “If you didn’t read these when you were young and you feel like you’re missing out, then here’s your chance!”
Why Reread Books?There are more “educational” benefits, such as becoming a better readers and deepening our understanding. Still, there is also a more comforting and somewhat healing side to rereading a favorite book. When we reread a book we know we loved -especially when it’s been a little while since we last read it - we fall back in love with the characters and the world the story is set in. Many will know by now that our brains produce oxytocin - the feel-good chemical - when experiencing a story. That being said, when we read a book we already know we love, it’s guaranteed that we’ll get these doses of chemicals rushing through our bodies, which can be comforting to some. If you’re feeling down or not like yourself, rereading a favorite book will lift your spirits and bring back those good memories you made when you first read it.
Nostalgic Books on RedditThe /r/Books subreddit recently discussed members’ favorite books to reread, prompting readers to share their favorite books for rereading. We assembled a list of some of those beloved books. Here are a few of them! How many have you read?
- “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas: It is considered a masterpiece, with strong themes and moving prose. This classic tale of revenge and redemption continues to captivate readers.
- “Dune” by Frank Herbert: It tops many users’ reread lists. With its complex world-building and intricate plot, this science fiction epic keeps readers returning for more.
- “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden: This detailed exploration of the world of geishas has resonated with generations of readers.
- “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien: These richly imagined adventures in Middle-earth never fail to enchant readers.
- “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman: Readers love to reread this enchanting fairy tale with a touch of whimsy and romance.
- “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton: This science fiction classic remains a favorite for many, bringing dinosaurs back to life.
- “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë: Featuring a strong-willed protagonist and compelling love story, readers love to return to this novel.
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak: This poignant story, narrated by Death, celebrates the power of books.
- “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen: A timeless tale of love, misunderstandings, and society that continues to charm readers.
- “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee: Set in the 1930s Deep South, this classic exposes structural racism while keeping hope alive that goodness exists.
- “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams: Our hero bumbles through space after Earth’s demolition for a hyperspace bypass.
- “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini: The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship that transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction.
- “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Long taught as required reading in American schools, critics have consistently held it up as perhaps the quintessential Great American Novel.
- “Beloved” by Toni Morrison: An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner.