Unlike many people, I am not someone who has any issues whatsoever with re-reading books. In fact I do it frequently, and people often question me about this.
Now let me get something straight. When I re-read a book, I usually do so at least 1 year later. To those who don’t re-read, you would be quite surprised at how much your perspective on the book would change when reading it a second time, because it’s not the book that changes. It’s you.
As you grow older, you have different values, different opinions, your view on certain issues change. In all honesty, I don’t think I have ever reread a book and had the same perspective as when I read it the first time. People tend to think that rereading is ‘boring’, because you already know what happens and so you lack interest. But believe me, you would be surprised at how much you have forgotten from the story. And not only that, but you’d be surprised at all the little things you’ve actually missed.
I don’t really feel like knowing the story and what happens in the end is much of a problem, because then I am more likely to focus on details, descriptions, and the character development. I begin to understand things that didn’t make sense before, things I couldn’t have understood at the time that I read it. Honestly, reading a book the second time is just as exciting as reading it the first time. It does not make the experience less enjoyable.
People always tell me they ‘don’t have time’ to reread. Seriously, if you had time to read it the first time, you sure as hell have time to read it a second.
Thanks for reading!