Hi there, fellow readers! Today’s discussion post is going to be super simple and quick; it’s based on an argument my dad and I have pretty regularly. Rereading: yay or nay?
My dad and I have reeeeallllly similar reading tastes. We are both huge fantasy fans, we have the same bookish pet peeves, and we both tend to love the same characters. In fact, we actually have a shared bookshelf where we leave each other books we think the other might like. Despite how alike our literary preferences are, there is one thing we disagree on: rereading.
My dad is anti-reread. He says there are so many books on this planet, that it doesn’t make sense to reread the ones you’ve already read. There are enough books, he says, that even if you were to only read the ones from your favorite genre every day for the rest of your life, you couldn’t possibly get around to all of them, but you might as well try. He’ll listen to an audiobook of a novel he’s read if he can get it cheap, and he’ll rewatch movies all the time, but once he’s finished a physical book, he hands it right over to someone else, never to see it again. While I can appreciate that kind of generosity, I tend to disagree with him.
I’m the opposite; I reread books all the time. In fact, when I reread a book the first time, I’ll mark my favorite scenes with a sticky note so I can go back and reread those scenes quickly and easily (the best example would be the Eowyn vs. the Lord of the Nazgul scene. It’s been bookmarked in every LoTR copy I’ve ever owned). For me, there are just some books or characters that almost feel like home, so I want to come back and visit every once in a while, if that makes sense. So, while I can appreciate what my dad is getting at, I don’t think I’ll be able to give up rereading my favorite books any time soon.
Thanks for reading!
How do you feel about rereading? Do you tend to agree with me, or my dad? Or do you think something else all together? What are some of your favorite books to reread? Let me know in the comments below!