Early in the year I made a goal to re-read 25 books this year. Re-reading isn’t something I typically do much of, as there’s so many books I haven’t read piling up on my shelves so why read something for the second time when there’s so many new worlds I haven’t yet gotten to experience. There are definitely exceptions to this. Harry Potter and Middle Earth are two worlds I will never get enough of no matter how many times I visit. Another reason is that I’m actually pretty good at remembering the events of previous books so when the next in the series is released, the most I might do is skim through the last few chapters to refresh my memory before reading the new book.
When an author can create a world that I want to visit over and over again, and that I see something new with each visit, it’s an amazing reading experience. It happens too rarely but I love finding those books that I love reading just as much as the first time.
The downside to re-reading, other than the never-ending growing pile of unread books(which, really, would keep growing even if I never re-read a book) is a small fear of mine. What if I re-read a book I loved only to find out it’s nowhere near as good as I thought the first time. It has happened. Most of the time it’s when the book was my first experience with a genre or sub-genre and the concept of it completely hooked me that I was able to ignore the poor execution. Usually this happens because I’ve read other books in that genre or sub-genre after the first one that had things like character development, strong world-building, less predictability. Going back to the one that started it all ends up as a bit of a let down as I try to remember why I enjoyed it so much.
I want to have good memories of books so hopefully none of the books I re-read this year will let me down.