Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
Sometimes (or all the time, depending on the person) you read a book and you love this book. Time passes, and for some reason this book pops into your mind when you’re trying to figure out what book to read next, and you re-read it (for the second or two hundred and twelfth time, depending on the person). From here two things can happen:
1 – You re-read the book and you love it as much as you did the first time, or
2 -You re-read the book and find that you don’t love it as much as you did the first time. You kind of don’t really love it at all.
This second thing is why I am slightly terrified of re-reading because it has happened to me several times. I’ll want to relive the joy of book x and then when I get around to re-reading book x I finish with the thought of: why did I love this book so much? And then my old love for it is kind of ruined because the new un-love for it is much more potent.
I have a lot of books I want to re-read because I want to re-experience the characters and the ships and the storylines that I loved so much the first time around. But the fear that comes with outcome number two terrifies me because it’s hard enough to find books that I adore enough to want to re-read without them being tainted by said re-read.
However, when I wrote about what my reading is going to look like in 2017 I said I wanted to re-read more because I used to do it all the time and I miss it. I have re-read one book so far (I am terrible), and it had been around three years since I read it for the first time and I surprised myself by liking it just as much the second time around. Although, this book was never a favourite that I looked upon with admiration and ardent love. So the fear of number two above didn’t really factor all that much into it. That being said, I do want to re-read a favourite series (The Raven Cycle) this year, in which number two will be very terrifying.
All in all, I still haven’t reached a definitive ~feel~ regarding re-reads. I think the fear of number two will always hinder me a bit, but I think I’m just going to bite the bullet because I want to re-experience things and I SHALL, DAMMIT.
This GIF honestly has nothing to do with anything except this is RIN MATSUOKA AND HE NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED.
What about you? Do you re-read? Why? Why not?