Discussion: Rereading Books

Hello fellow book lovers πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹

I have recently taken to rereading the Harry Potter series for a couple of reasons. No. 1 because they are awesome books so why not, and No. 2 because the first time I read the series, I didn’t read it in the correct order and now that I own them (finally) I wanted to do it correctly for the first time and see if it makes a difference.

I am not usually somebody who chooses to reread a book when there are so many books on my tbr and bookshelves I have to read, so why reread something I have already read? But I have been wanting to do this with Harry Potter for so long, so I went against my original presumption and voila. I have been loving this series even more the second time around, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m reading them in the correct order so the stories are following each other correctly, because I am older and am understanding the books, the characters so much more and am in a different place in my life now. The fact I have hindsight, so I have so much more emotion that’s connecting me with the, again the stories and the characters and I know what’s to come. Or maybe it’s all of it mixed together. 

Because of how much I have been enjoying rereading the Harry Potter series, it has been making me want to reread some more of my favourite books, or books I didn’t enjoy so much when I was younger. Will my opinion have changed? Will I enjoy it more or less? How will I now look, think, feel, connect and so much more, now with this book? 

I was shocked when I then reread Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck because of how much more I connected and emphasized with characters I previously didn’t like as much. I realised how innocent I was when I first read it and how much more I appreciate this book. How emotional I got about this short little book and how much more grateful I was for the teacher who introduced me to this book. How I picked up on certain little things that popped out this time around, either because I’m older and more mature, or because I know the story and know what’s coming and am able to pick up on things I didn’t see before. I took so much more away from the book the second time around and again, it’s giving me that want to go and reread some of my other books I’ve previously read. 

Would you rather take the time you could spend on reading a brand new book, and spend it reread through a book you have already read before? There are only so many books you are going to be able to read in your life, so do you want to spend it rereading the same book, especially if it was one you didn’t like or understand, to see if you have changed and maybe you like it now? But if like me, you can rewatch the same film again and again and you do that because you enjoy it, then why not reread a book you love/d? 

What are you’re thoughts on rereading books? 

2 thoughts on “Discussion: Rereading Books

  1. Hannah Bullimore says:

    I am often in two minds about this! Usually I don’t read, any commercial fiction I tend to pass on to friends to read. But the classics or books that I have really loved (Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian) I keep so I can reread later. For books like The Great Gatsby every time I read them I pick up on something new and it’s interesting to see how our interpretations of a book can be effected by how we feel when we read them.
    If you want some reading inspiration, I’ve just put up the list of books I’ll be reading as part of my book club on my blog πŸ™‚
    x

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