I love rereading books. I love revisiting a book, I think it is such a nice thing. Since I joined the internet book community I haven’t reread as many books as I used to, because there always are some new books people are telling me to read. I think that is a shame. Even though I have discovered some great new books this year I still miss rereading books.
Some people never reread books. Reading a book takes a lot of time, it is a big commitment to read a book, so some people might say that rereading a book is a waste of time. There are a millions books out there to read, so why waste your time on a book you already have read?
I think you get a lot out of rereading a book or series. Now, let me tell you why:
My number one reason to reread a book is definitly because of sentimentality. It is a way to relive the time I read the book. An example could be that I read The Hunger Games on a vacation to Austria, so every time someone talk about THG I remember myself hiking with my family with a THG book in front of my face. That series is linked to that memory, and revisiting that series would mean revisiting those memories as well.
Another great thing about rereading is that you now know how everything is going to play out. You therefore has time to relax and appreciate how nicely the storyline plays out. Espeically big series with complicated plots have I found fantastic to read. When you know where everything ends it is such nice thing to see it all play out.
Your reading taste changes so when you read a book you haven’t read in ages, your opinion will most likely change, or you will notice things you never noticed before. There are some books I don’t know if I should reread because I like remembering them as great books and I know I probably won’t enjoy them today.
Another thing that can happen is that you see surden things in a new light. I read Harry Potter for the first time when I was 7 years old. When I reread them some years later, I notiecd some new things. I was for example a lot more invested in the romantance between Hermione and Ron.
I know I miss rereading so one of my reading goals for the summer (I have a post all about it here) is to reread at least one Harry Potter book, but I hope to get to more!
Where do you guys stand on this topic? Do you reread or is it a waste of time? Let me know!