There is a ridiculous number of books in the world. There is a vast number of good books in the world. The truth is, we’ll never have time to get through them all because new books are forever getting published – it would be incredibly hard to keep up – or read all the existing books in the first place! So why do so many of us enjoy reading books we’ve already read over and over again? – when we could be enjoying different, new books.
But there is no denying it, I’m sure we’ve all re-read at least one book in our lifetimes. I, for one, certainly have! And I enjoy it, like I’m sure we all do. This discussion will be about whether re-reading books is a good thing or not. Enjoy!
– My Experience –
In all honesty, I love re-reading books. There’s something really exciting about returning to a world you’ve enjoyed exploring – sometimes it’s even more exciting than entering a brand new world! Books I’ve enjoyed re-reading include: The Harry Potter series, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Pride and Prejudice, Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series, and the list goes on! I like to leave it a few years before re-reading a book, because it can be a little boring if you can remember everything that happened, of course. Also, I prefer re-reading books when I don’t have much else to read rather than reading something I’ve already read, meanwhile having a bookshelf full of brand new, unread books in my possession!
– Good thing – or bad thing? –
The Good things:
- It enables you to enjoy a book several times
- You tend to notice things that you have missed the first time you read it
- If you remember the ending, you will see the red-herrings and the way the whole book works
- If you read the book when you were a child, it is nice to reminisce on those times and about what books you enjoyed
- Your perspective on the story might change as your personality sort of grows and changes slightly
- You can look forward to your favourite parts of the story
- You know it’s going to be good!
The Bad Things
- You know what is going to happen
- You aren’t going to learn anything new from it because you’ve already read it
- You could be reading a new book and learning different things rather than going back over something you’ve already read
- Could be seen as a waste of time
- The fact that you know what is coming might make your reading experience boring
- You might have remembered it to be better than you think it is the second time which can be disappointing
- You might spot flaws, which can be irritating and disappointing
– How Re-reading can be useful –
I sometimes find that if I’m feeling a little down in the dumps, it’s quite comforting and relaxing, revisiting a book that you have enjoyed, and I do it quite often, even if I don’t re-read the entire book; just a couple of chapters or so. I do this because it’s nice to know you’re going to read something good and something that you enjoy. Also, revisiting your favourite characters can actually be like revisiting old friends, aha!
Also, my other experience of re-reading books being useful is when I started studying Pride and Prejudice earlier this year for my schoolwork. I found the fact that I’d already read it, gave me a bit of a head-start and I already had a good idea of what the characters were like, etc, so it was very helpful.
– In Conclusion… –
Personally, I see no harm in re-reading books. It can be fun, comforting and relaxing, and it is something I do from time to time when I feel like revisiting an enjoyable book. Most of the time, however, I like the feeling of beginning a brand new book, not knowing what the conclusion to that story is going to be.
However, the thought of not being able to go back and re-read certain books is really sad for me, and I love having the option of being able to do that.
I think the reason some of us buy books rather than borrow them from Libraries is so we can have that little world on our bookshelf, just in case we ever feel like returning to that place…
– Now I’m really interested in what you think! –
- Is re-reading books okay?
- How many times could you re-read a book?
- How long do you wait before picking it up again?
- What is the most amount of times you’ve read a book?
- … or is re-reading books a waste of time?
Thank you for reading this discussion!
Please let me know what you think in the comments!