Why do People Read Books More Than Once?

Why do People Read Books More Than Once?

Do you ever read a book more than once? There are those that love to reread books and those that will only read a book once. Which category do you fall into?

Every year thousand of books are published, so it only makes sense to read a book once. If your to-be-read pile looks like mine, you may never finish reading every book that you own. So why do people re-read books?

Why do People Reread the Same Book?

Children ask their parents to reread the same stories repeatedly until they know the tale by heart, so why wouldn’t adults do the same? Here are some reasons to reread books:

1. A Sense of Familiarity

Sometimes starting a new book or reading a new author can be stressful. You wonder if the book is worth your time. Just like re-watching a movie, rereading your favourite story is comforting. There is a sense of familiarity and knowing how the story ends that releases the pressure of the unknown.

Rereading a book can also help with homesickness or loneliness. Reaching for a book you used to love can be like visiting an old friend. There is a guarantee that you know what will happen and nothing will change.

2. To Get Out of a Slump

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t get into a new book or series. Occasionally, the solution is to reread your favourite book because you know you love the story and characters. You know you won’t be disappointed by the ending.

3. The Next Book is Releasing

Readers like to go back and read the first books whenever a new book comes out in a series. It refreshes the story in their mind and reminds them of the major plot points and characters.

Sometimes when the last book of a series is released people like to go back and start the series all over again.

4. It’s Being Made into a Movie or TV Show

The television and movie industry has turned more and more to books to find new ideas. Sometimes people like to reread the book and compare it to the movie or vice versa.

5. Finding Something New

Every time you reread a book, you discover something new. Sometimes we miss things the first time because there’s so much to take in, and reading something again fills in those gaps.

It might be something a character says or a description you may have missed or an important detail that changes the way you perceive the story. Also, age changes the way you look at things so it can be like reading it for the first time.

Why Do I Reread the Same Books?

I am someone who re-reads books. Sometimes when I finish a book or series, I reread a favourite book as a palette cleanser. It’s a pleasure to rediscover familiar characters and the things I missed when I was rushing to find out all the secrets and mysteries of how the story ends.

The following are books I have read more than once.

1. The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf

Perfect for lovers of historical fiction, this is a retelling of King Arthur. When Uther Pendragon discovers he is dying without an heir, he sends Merlin to find the son he set aside years before. With the threat of the Saxons looming Arthur must band the British tribes together.

This is the first of a trilogy which also includes Born of the Sun the story of Niniane, a Celtic princess, and Ceawlin, bastard son of the King of the West Saxons and The Edge of Light which features Alfred, the Great, as he succeeds to the king of Wessex on the death of his beloved brother, Ethelred. His haughty young wife, Elswyth, of the kingdom of Mercia, helps him in his struggle against the invading pagan Danes.

2. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

As the last heir of Shannara, Shea must save the humans, gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves of the world from the Warlock Lord by reclaiming the wondrous sword.

The first story in a trilogy that includes The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. This book introduced me to Fantasy writing and authors such as Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and George R.R. Martin.

3. Ransom by Julie Garwood

Gillian finds the key to resolving her troubled past with the help of Scottish chieftain Brodick Buchanan, Ramsey Sinclair and Brigid MacPherson.

This is a historical romance that is so funny and cleverly written. The dialogue is so well done.

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The story of the battle between the greasers (poor) and socs (rich) is seen through the eyes of Ponyboy a greaser being raised by his brother after his parents died in a car accident. After his friend Johnny kills a soc to protect Ponyboy they go on the run with the help of Dallas Winston.

As a teenager, I probably read this book three or four times a year and now I read it every few years.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of reasons to revisit a favourite book. Why do you reread books? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time

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