Do You Count Re-Reads Towards Your Book Goals?

Happy Monday, book friends! I can hardly believe it’s October 25th, and that I’ve managed to stick to the Blogtober goal of writing one post per day. And yet, here we are, Day 25 and going strong.

Today, I want to talk about reading goals and revisiting books we’ve already read.

Personally, I set a loose reading challenge on Goodreads every year, though a quick scroll through my profile will show you that I rarely meet that goal. Usually, I either blow it out of the water or fall flat entirely. Regardless, I like setting the challenge because I find it motivating and fun to see my progress.

This year, I have also been using a spreadsheet to track my reading, which has been a ton of fun since it makes all these interesting charts about my reading habits and stats as I fill it in.

One thing I’ve noticed this year is that, without really consciously doing so, I never count my rereads towards this total. In spite of the fact that I reread all 11 books from the Princess Diaries series on audio this year, not a one appears in my Goodreads challenge or my reading spreadsheet.

Of course, Goodreads has never had a solid option for indicating rereads (though, I think they’ve added this feature if memory serves), so I wonder how much that has to do with my habit of treating these reads like they don’t count.

As it stands, I’ve read 59 books that were brand new to me this year. If I add in the 11 Princess Diaries audiobooks, that makes a much more rounded and satisfying 70 books. And yet… why does this feel like cheating?

It’s not that I don’t count audiobooks as reading. I most certainly do. It’s just that, apparently, my brain doesn’t count listening to a book I’ve read at least a handful of times before as the kind of reading that counts towards a reading challenge goal.

I suppose this makes sense if you consider the point of setting a reading goal to be putting new books inside your brain. In that case, of course rereading doesn’t count, since I often realize minute details were lurking somewhere in my mind all along.

I’m curious how other readers handle re-reads in terms of book goals. I know not everyone sets a reading goal for the year, but if you do, do you count rereads towards your total?

I’m wondering whether I should start adding them in. After all, I’ve written in the past about how rereading a book is a new experience that often teaches us about ourselves and how we’ve grown. Even if I want to read as many books in my lifetime as I can, there’s something to be said about stepping twice in the same book river. It can teach us a lot about ourselves and how we’ve changed and grown, not to mention the sheer pleasure of the occasional nostalgia read.

Let me know if you’re a re-reader and, if so, how you track that in your reading life!

10 thoughts on “Do You Count Re-Reads Towards Your Book Goals?

  1. I honestly don’t reread books. I have soo many books that I want to read that rereading often falls last on the my list of reading priorities. Personally, when I do, I try to listen to them on audio, which sounds like something you do.

    • I used to reread print books fairly regularly, at least that handful of comfort books. But now it’s so easy to come across new titles I want to read, that I agree–I usually only reread on audio, often with the intention of falling asleep to the familiar stories. Though sometimes I get swept up because it’s been too long since I’ve read them, lol.

  2. I’d still include them, sometimes it can take me years before I re-read a book but it still counts as reading a book. I also count audio books, particularly as this my most frequent way of digesting a book at the moment.

  3. I don’t reread books, unless it’s 5 years later, and I don’t remember what happened in the book. I also worry that there are so many books and so little time that I’ll miss something great if I use that time in rereading the book.

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