To reread or not to reread? (Throne of Glass)

Rereading is one of those marmite concepts that divide readers and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the run up to the release of Kingdom of Ash. One Guardian article claims “anyone who talks about rereading a book is arrogant, narrow-minded or dim” and a BBC one points out “We have so little time to read and there are so many great books that we’ve yet to get around to”. On the other hand, Patrick Rothfuss is actively encouraging us to reread the first two books before the third comes out, plenty of book bloggers are fans of rereading (Micheline, Mel, even Cait who initially was anti-rereading because there’s not enough time!) and there was a lot of praise for GoodReads finally adding a rereading feature.

Generally I do like re-reading: most years I reread a handful of books (4% in 2016, 7% in 2017) and I’d initially planned to reread the Throne of Glass series over the summer.  Since I’ve been following the series for more than 5 years and this is the finale, I want to get the best out of it but now with less than 2 weeks until publication date, if I start rereading I’ll definitely be late to pick up Kingdom of Ash and so I’m absolutely torn!  Who better to talk to about this than other readers though, right?!

Advantages of rereading

  • No wasted time at the beginning trying to remember who characters are or what happened in previous books
  • Being fully emotionally invested in all the characters from page 1
  • Pick up more hints about upcoming twists, get more of the nuances of the story
  • Revisit a story you previously loved

Disadvantages of rereading

  • Can burn out on one author/genre/trope
  • Takes up time you could be using to read new books you’ve never read before
  • If you start too late with your reread (i.e. me, if I start now) you’ll be starting the newest book after a lot of other readers


On the one hand, I know I’ll enjoy rereading the series and I definitely spent some of the last two books trying to remember what had happened previously, so it’d be nice to avoid that (I know sites like Recaptains exist but it feels a bit like cheating!). As this is the finale, it’d be good to get the absolute best out of it, given how much I’ve enjoyed the series so far – I’m pretty certain I reread Harry Potter before the release of Deathly Hallows!  A few years ago, I’d have just reread, because I was reading a lot faster – getting through all of the books in two weeks would have been challenging, but I’d probably have managed it. Given my reading pace since starting my new course though, I’m probably looking at at least a month to get back up to date, and I have to admit I’m worried about spoilers.  I considered just rereading the last book or two, but I feel like that’s an unsatisfying compromise – I feel like if I don’t reread before Kingdom of Ash, that in a year or two I’ll end up rereading the whole series.  If that’s true, I might as well just reread now and get the benefit of maximum enjoyment from Kingdom of Ash…

I think I’m leaning towards rereading, but I am curious: what would you do? Are you generally a rereader or not?

 

Rereading Throne of Glass: what do you think I should do?

  • Reread all the books: the finale only comes once, get it right! (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Reread none: life's too short and there are so many other great books! (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Reread 1 or 2: meet in the middle (33%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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4 thoughts on “To reread or not to reread? (Throne of Glass)

  1. I think you should re-read the last book before reading the new one, and then once you have finished the last book, re-read all of the series again fully for maximum enjoyment (unless you hate the ending…)

    Daniella x

  2. I’m personally not a rereader. I can definitely see the benefits of re reading to recap on a story, but I feel like I’ve already read it once so cheating and reading the sparks note version is fine to catch yourself back up.

  3. I didn’t completely reread em. But what I did was, I had these sticky things on such pages that are like monumental to the book I place them there for such reasons. I just skim read through them, I felt truly burn out rereading the whole thing. BTW I marathoned this series. Gods above the last two books ripped me.

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