I had a supervisor once who could never understand why I had such a deep love for re-watching movies and rereading books. He felt if he had already experienced it the best thing to do with time was to find another new book, movie, T.V. show, etc to view. At the time I just shrugged, in awe of him and thereby feeling his opinions were right, though now as I revisit the thought I’ve realized there are quite a few valuable reasons why we re-read our favorite stories. Here are five:
1. It feels familiar.
Re-reading a book can feel like finding a beloved blanket from childhood. When you feel it against your skin you’re transported back to a thousand naps and an overwhelming feeling of safety. Revisiting pages can have the same effect. I recently re-read the children’s book Love you Forever by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. I weeped like a baby for how nostalgic, happy, sad and loved it made me feel.
Rereading a book can feel like finding a beloved blanket from childhood. When you feel it against your skin your transported back to a thousand naps and an overwhelming feeling of safety. Revisiting pages can have the same effect. I recently reread the children’s book Love you Forever by Robert Munsch illustrated by Sheila McGraw. Weeped like a baby for how nostalgic, happy, sad and loved it made me feel.
2. You Notice New Things
While very recently re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, I noticed foreshadowing of revelations that were discovered in the final book in the series. The first 4 times I read the book I had missed these hints and appreciate the spectacular gift of literature the Harry Potter series is even more.
3. It’s Relaxing
While reading some of my, now favorite, books for the first time, it was full on stressful. I was so concerned with what was going to happen next. Was the character going to be okay? How would this work out? Would this work out? It was exciting, fun, and a total blast, but relaxing? Not so much. Maybe it’s an introvert thing but when I re-read it’s extra satisfying because I know exactly what’s going to happen.
4. It’s a Great Way to Make Progress on Reading Goals
For several years now, I’ve been setting reading goals for myself. These goals mostly consist of a total amount of books I’d like to have read by the end of the X years, however, sometimes I set more specific ones. Re-reading a book you read last year or years ago can be a great way to make progress on whatever kind of reading goal you have. Cheating? No. Savvy as hell? Absolutely!
5. It’s Fun!
I re-read for the same reason I re-watch every episode of Friends, Parks and Recreation, Legally Blonde, and The Golden Girls several dozen times — it’s fun! I greatly enjoy revisiting things I love, especially books. Some people love ice fishing, golf, and bungee jumping. I don’t understand it, but they do and that’s what counts.
Do you re-read? What are your reasons for re-reading?
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