I get funny looks from friends whenever I mention how much I love to revisit books I’ve already read. They can’t believe someone would want to reread anything. This stems mainly from the fact they feel they have very little time to read already much less take time to read something a second time. So why reread?
Studies have shown that you absorb more the second time you read a book and this applies even to listening to music. At first you get a sense of where the plot is going but often miss important clues along the way. It is not until you read that book a second time that you can slow down and enjoy the story and the characters without racing to finish it. And at other times, I simply crave the comfort of revisiting favourite characters and even settings. Not all books deserve this attention but here are a few that I love to reread.
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Whether it’s the movie or the book, I love to return to Avonlea and its charming simplicity. It helps that Gilbert Blythe is there too!
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I have read this book more times than I can count. And it is a huge book with complex storylines and major attention to historical events and details. But still I return to it for the characters, the historical time period and the sheer fun of it.
- Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling: I have read the first couple of books a few times but I need to read the whole series again. I barely remember the last few novels as I flew through them racing to the end. I’m looking forward to slowing down and enjoying the journey.
- Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: I have watched the movies so many times that it feels like I have read the books more than I have. I am due for another rereading of the series. Perhaps I can convince my husband to read it aloud to me 🙂
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I used to read this book every year along with Persuasion. It has been a while but I have loved it more each time I’ve read it.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: This book carries with it so much childhood nostalgia for me. I can’t wait for my daughter to read it. My copy is tattered and well-loved.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: This is the one book I haven’t reread on this list. But I bought it because I knew I wanted to reread it. That’s really the only time I buy myself books.
- The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley: After reading A Desperate Fortune this year I went back and read this earlier book since it alluded to characters and events from the previous novel. It was still as good the second time!
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I read this first as a teenager and its themes of feminism and warnings against oppression still resonate with me. I have at least read it twice since and its warnings for society still ring true today.
What books do you read over and over? Or do you never reread books?
I’m linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.