One of the problems loving books is that there is just never enough time to read everything you want. It’s even worse when you also like to re-read books, as I do.
But even for all the new books out there that I want to devour, I wouldn’t give up re-reading.
Re-reading serves different purposes. Some books are comfort reading. You know what’s going to happen, you don’t expect to learn anything new, but you re-read because it’s the book that gives you a comfort of familiarity or the company of beloved characters when you need it.
Another reason for re-reading is to discover things you missed the first time. There are books where you can learn something new every time you read it.
You can also re-read because some books change their meaning, as you change. The Alchemist was one one of those books for me. The first time I read it, it was an interesting story, but no more. The second time I read it, at a much different point in my life, it was of immense inspiration.
You can also re-reading just to explore a book, explore words in detail.
There are also craft/learning reasons. If you are a student, you can re-read to get a better grasp on the material you are trying to learn/understand. As a writer, you can re-read to learn what works and what doesn’t.
There are as many reasons to re-read as there are people.
Do you re-read? Why do you do it? Share your reasons, and your favourite re-read books in the comments below.