I know not everyone likes to read books for a second time. It’s not in everyone’s nature to want the same literary treat more than once, and that’s okay. We’re all made different. But if you’re anything like me, there are some books that just beg to be visited again.
Here are some excuses to give your SO or parent when they ask you WHY you are reading, say, LOTR for the twentieth time:
1 – MORE VALUE!
If you paid for it, you’re getting more than your money’s worth! If you’re checking it out from the library, well, you’re helping them with circs (circulations.) Fiction circs can sometimes help determine the annual budget for fiction at your local public library. The more in their budget, the more money they’ll have to buy the books YOU want to read, so don’t forget to put in a request. [Even if they can’t buy the book you want, they can do an ILL (interlibrary loan), which helps with that library’s circs.] Support your local public library!
2 – RETAINING AND ACTING ON INFORMATION
The more you hear something—or read it—the more likely it is to hit home and be stored in your memory bank. If your favorite book has a healthy message, rereading it will help it stick with you. And maybe you’ll act on it 😉
3 – BETTER UNDERSTANDING INFORMATION
If you’re a writer, it can be handy to read one time for fun and a second (or third! Or fourth! Or…you get the picture) time to look for reasons why what the author wrote worked—or didn’t work. Rereading can also increase your understanding of the information provided. I sometimes find myself skimming a bit, but a second read has helped me better peg down what was being said.
4 – COMFORT
There is just something about pulling out a beloved book and visiting the familiar again. It’s comfort food for the brain.
When I’m stressed, I’ll reread A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness sometimes. When I’m feeling uncreative, I reread Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. And I try to reread The Hobbit every so often for no other reason that I love it.
Are you a re-reader? What is your favorite book to reread?
Keep your nose in a book,
P.S. A little over four months to pre-order Death’s Key—put your reservation in today!
2 thoughts on “4 Basic Reasons to Reread Fiction”
I loved this list!
I tend to reread favourite fiction titles during cold winters and hot summers when it’s not safe to spend a lot of time outdoors. There’s something so cozy about settling into a book I’ve reread many times before while I wait for the weather to change. 🙂
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Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Lydia! Rereading inside during extreme weather is an ideal way of passing the time! Every winter, my mom rereads The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.