There are two types of people in this world. Those who reread books, and those who don’t.
I fall into the first category. For all my life, I have been an avid rereader. I memorized picture books from hearing them so many times. I read every A-Z Mystery, twice. I know Harry Potter, the Mother-Daughter Book Club, and several other series like the back of my hand.
It’s hard for me to imagine anyone who doesn’t like to return to their favorite books for a second visit. But I know some people feel that way, so I decided to do a post explaining why I’m a rereader. Let’s get started! 🙂
The familiar is comforting. And not only with books! When I’m upset or sick, I want to be at my house with my family and everything I’m used to. I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something about the familiar that makes everything seem okay. Books are the same way for me.
My books have memories. Just like with clothes and foods and smells, I associate books with memories. That’s the book I read at the beach. That’s the book I was reading when I was on the way to my grandmother’s house. I read that book during summer vacation. Of course, this can also have a downside- for example, I tend to avoid books that I read when I was sick (or reading after state testing). For the most part, though, it’s a good thing to associate memories with books. 😉 I can’t imagine never returning to a book that holds precious moments in its pages.
Sometimes I just don’t have anything else good to read. On a less sentimental note, there are many times that I haven’t been to the library and I don’t have any new books (I’ve read nearly every book on my bookshelf). In those cases, I end up picking a favorite off of my shelf.
I discover new things every time I reread a book. There’s nothing better than the thrill of reading a book for what must be the thirtieth time and coming across a paragraph that your eyes skipped over every other time you read it. Am I the only who feels this?!
You can truly connect to the characters. Mostly every bookworm out there feels as if they are friends with their favorite book characters. Because the thing is, we are. (*yes* I know they aren’t real. But we have experienced their experiences and been there with them in their hardest times and best times so I think it counts.) After reading a book once, I don’t feel like I really know the character that well. It takes a few times to get to know them.
I like knowing how the story is going to end. This is one thing that keeps many people from rereading- they don’t like already know what’s going to happen. Well, I’m the opposite of that! I have immense trouble watching movies I’ve never seen before, because I don’t know what’s coming. The first time I read books I sometimes flip to the end before I finish. (Please don’t hurt me.) Circling back to the first reason I listed, knowing what’s going to happen is comforting to me.
Are you a rereader, or not? What are your reasons? I’d love to chat with you in the comment section! I hope you enjoyed this, and thank you for reading.