A lot of people say they don’t have the time to re-read books, which I get – there are SO MANY OTHER BOOKS to get to. However, I love re-reading books. I like to get my money’s worth out of the books I buy. If I’ve read a book and I don’t think I’ll read it again, I’ll sell it or give it away. My shelf space is limited, so I don’t want to clog it up with books I didn’t enjoy as much. If I really liked them and think I’d like to read them again someday, they’re staying.
So every once in a while, I’ll pick up a book I’ve read before, and I like to give them another read. Here are my main reasons for re-reading.
I have the worst memory. Seriously, I’ll be writing a review for a book I finished that very same day, and I can’t remember the main character’s name. So imagine what happens with a book I read two to three years ago. Bear in mind that I read about 100 books a year, so there are like 200-300 books in between. Result: I remember nothing. So when I pick it up, I get to discover so many things all over again. I’ll also re-read when starting a sequel after a long time, to brush up on what I know about the prequels.
To get that same feeling again
I get it, you will never be able to read it for the first time again. But for me, that warm feeling of truly loving a book never goes away. I’m re-reading Harry Potter for the fourth or fifth time right now, and it still makes me feel fuzzy inside. When you love a book, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read it. It just doesn’t get boring.
To get over a slump
A lot of people will agree with me that one of the best methods to get out of a reading slump is to pick up a book you’ve already read and loved. You know you’ve loved it before, so you’ll love it now, and that might rekindle your reading flame again.
To see if I still feel the same way
After a couple of years and a few hundred books, you start to get a better idea of the things you like and the things you don’t. Or you’ll get tired of certain tropes after a while. You get older. Sometimes it’s a good idea to revisit a book, to see if you still feel the same way about it. This works in multiple ways – you love it just as much and have a happy re-reading experience; you’re not as impressed as last time; or you like it better this time, because you know about a few nasty surprises or you understand things better this time around.
Books I need to re-read
The Secret Circle 1-3, Before I Go to Sleep, The Undomestic Goddess, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Maze Runner 1-3, Where Rainbows End, Perfect Chemistry, Divergent 1-3, The Lightning Thief, Warbreaker, Before I Fall, The Night Circus, Cirque du Freak 1-12, 172 Hours on the Moon.