I have a question! If you are reading this book blog then I assume reading is important to you. But how important is re-reading? Do you make it a priority in your life? Have you favourite books that you pull out and read over and over? And why or why not?
How I feel about re-reading:
I love it. And I neglect it. In the past, I devoured books over and over and never got tired of them. I have books that are so well thumbed that they are on the verge of falling apart. Broken spines, creased pages, dog ears; to some this might be a sign of bookish criminal activity but for me it’s a sign of a well loved book.
If you never re-read, then why?
You listen to your favourite song more than once. You go to your favourite restaurant more than once. You watch your favourite films more than once. So why only re-read a book once.
Re-reading to me is like spending time with old friends. They are familiar and I know what they are going to do. Which isn’t boring for me, it’s comforting.
On re-reads, I always discover something new. A new theme, a link I hadn’t seen before. Even reading a book knowing ending makes it a new experience as you pick up on hints and clues that you might have missed on a first read.
It can become a ritual. I have a habit of re-reading books when I’m sick. I think I need the extra comfort of a good book at those times and I know these will deliver. Most people when they get the sniffles, head to the medicine cupboard, I just head to bookshelf.
There are no unexpected surprises. You know which books are the happy ones, the sad ones, the scary ones and you can pick one that’s just right for your mood.
So I re-read all the time then, right! Wrong.
Just like video killed the radio star; blogging killed the woman who re-reads. But I’m fighting back. I’m ignoring all those books that could be great in favour of some books that I know are great.
I’m stopping and smelling the roses. Or you know stopping and re-reading for a few days anyway.
Bookish Chat : Do you re-read? How often and why? Or why don’t you re-read. I’d love to know.