I can’t imaging a man enjoying a book and only reading it once. – C.S. Lewis
The other day when I was reading some blog posts by other bloggers, and I saw this post by a blogger that I can’t remember where they said that they had read some number of books that year, not including the ones that they had re-read. And I have not been able to stop thinking about that.
It makes me sad that there is this stigma against reading books more than once.
Why should reading a book be any less valid if you already have read that book?
It still going to take you the same amount of time and effort to re-read a book as to read it for the first time.
I re-read books all the time, and I feel like I have gained so much by doing that.
I feel like in this new year we need to take the time to realize that re-reading books is not bad. It is not something that anyone needs to feel guilty about.
In fact, they should be proud.
Proud of taking the time to really care about an author’s work. We read a book in a matter of hours while it took the author months, if not years, to write that book that you are holding in your hands.
So, today I want to share with you five reasons to re-read books.
It is fun
First of all, it is always fun and enjoyable to go back to one of those books that you love.
You know that it is going to be a book that you will enjoy reading.
It is not a book that will betray you with promises of being good only to laugh in your face.
You can notice the details
The first time I read ‘Lord of the Rings’ I missed so many of the details.
So, when I went back to read it later I was delighted at just how much there was still for me to discover.
Then I read it even more recently and I have learned so much more from it.
I’m so thankful that I have taken the time to re-read books because in a good book there is so much more than you can learn in a single reading however carefully you read.
It is comforting
Sometimes it is just nice to know what happens. Life is so confusing. There is no way to know what will happen next.
Re-reading can give you a sense of control. A calm of knowing that you know what will happen.
Re-reading can also take you back to when you were first reading the book.
You change as you get older
Your opinions on a book will change and mature as you get older.
Re-reading is a way to see just how you have changed.
It is better to read fewer books that are of good quality, than a bunch of books that are of inferior quality.
It can be hard to tell sometimes, but seriously it is better to read fewer books and really understand them than to read a bunch of books that you will just forget in a year or so.
I hope that this will make you think about re-reading books and why it can be a good idea.
Let’s be readers who care about the books and why we are reading them, and not just read books to read another book.