Re-Reading Books: Why it’s Worth Your Time

Way back when I set my reading goals for 2018, not only did I set an overall goal for the number of books read, but I also gave myself other small challenges I could do along the way. One of these goals was to re-read two of my favorite book series, Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

My motivation behind re-readings these books was mostly because it had been a while since I first read them, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at my old favorites. In other words, I wanted to be able to enjoy them again. And I certainly did! Re-reading these two series reminded me of how much I love them, and I still had fun with them the second time around.

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As I was re-reading, however, I began to think… is there more to re-reading than just entertainment? If the twists and turns of a story are what make it so entertaining the first time around, then what’s the point of going back and reading it again? You know everything that’s coming, so why bother when there are so many brand-new stories to be read?

There are plenty of good reasons to re-read your favorite books though, and they go beyond entertainment. Of course, movies and TV shows can fall under this umbrella too, but since I re-read books most often, I’ll be using them as my examples today.

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Fantastic Fathers in Fiction

Father’s Day is a day meant to celebrate our dads, grandfathers, and other male role models in our lives. I’ve been blessed to have a great relationship with my own dad, but unfortunately, fathers in fiction tend to get a bad rap. They’re usually portrayed in a negative way, if they’re present in the story at all.

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My dad and me (Sorry I couldn’t find a picture where I’m not being ridiculous)

Despite this, I still believe there are a lot of good fathers and father figures in stories, you just have to look closely for them. Since I did something similar for Mother’s Day, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite fathers, grandfathers, and father figures in fiction.

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Writing Lessons from Gallagher Girls

I just recently finished rereading one of my favorite book series, Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter. The series takes place at an all-girls school for young geniuses where the students are trained for future work as scientists, analysts, spies and other high-level government jobs. In the meantime, however, the girls are still navigating everyday life (they’re just doing quantum physics instead of high school biology).

Not only is the Gallagher Girls series one of my favorites, but it’s also a very well-written series of books. There are a lot of elements that make the Gallagher Girls amazing, and so today, I’d like to share some of the biggest writing lessons I’ve learned from this wonderful series.

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Fantastic Fictional Couples

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and you know what that means! No, not chocolate or fancy dates or anything like that. Nope, around here, we celebrate Valentine’s day a little differently – and by that, I mean I make lists about my favorite fictional couples and try to sound like an actual adult while writing about them.

In all seriousness, I do have my fair share of favorite couples (or “ships,” as the fanpeople would say). Whether it’s books, TV shows, movies, or video games, there are some really strong, healthy relationships in fiction. Even as someone who isn’t much of a romantic, I do love seeing happy and supportive couples, and so in celebration of Valentine’s day, here are a few of my favorites and why I love them so much.

There may be a few vague spoilers ahead, so tread carefully!

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Week In Review – January 26

Happy Friday everyone!

Just a quick post this week – I’ve been a bit busy with some stuff, but I’m looking forward to a break over the weekend.

This week, I shared some thoughts on The Toxicity of Introvert Culture, which is all about introverts and how we can be kinda awful sometimes. Interested in knowing how to stop that? Be sure to check out the post!

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Week In Review – January 19

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you’ve had a good week and are enjoying your last day before the weekend! I’m looking forward to having a few days off myself. By the way, if you need something to do this weekend, why not try out bullet journaling? I just shared my bullet journal this past week, so if you need some inspiration, go take a look!

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Week In Review – January 12

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well and are enjoying your new year so far. I’m back at school now, but so far, things are pretty great! It’s nice to be back and in a routine once again.

On Monday, I reviewed how I did with my goals in 2017, and I also talked about my goals for 2018. There are a lot of things I’m gonna try to do this year, so be sure to check it out and see what I’m up to this year!

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Top 5 Heroines

I know, I know, I just did a two-part list last month. But that was so much fun, I decided to go ahead and do another one! This time, however, it’s not about music – it’s about books.

I’ve always found myself especially attached to characters in stories. Protagonists, antagonists, I love them all, but there’s something to be said about the heroes and heroines of a story. Granted, I tend to throw many book characters under the bus because they’re half-developed cliches, but that doesn’t mean I hate all of them. In fact, there are a lot of great books out there with characters that I absolutely adore!

Anyway, a while back in my school’s Book Club, we had sessions where we’d prepare o a list of our favorite book things – sometimes characters, sometimes settings, sometimes couples (ah, but that’s a list for another day). For a while now, I’ve wanted to share some of those lists on my blog, so this week and next week, I’ll be sharing a somewhat condensed version of my favorite heroes and heroines.

Since I started with the guys in my lead singers series, this time it’ll be ladies first! (However, like last time, the lists are in no particular order.)

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