Do you feel guilty when you re-read a book (on purpose, not because you forgot you previously read it)?
Juan Vidal wrote a thoughtful essay about the joys and discoveries one makes when re-reading.
“Returning to a book you’ve read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There’s a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a slight suspicion that time has changed you both, and thus the relationship. But books don’t change, people do. And that’s what makes the act of rereading so rich and transformative.
The beauty of rereading lies in the idea that our engagement with the work is based on our current mental, emotional, and even spiritual register. It’s true, the older I get, the more I feel time has wings. But with reading, it’s all about the present. It’s about the now and what one contributes to the now, because reading is a give and take between author and reader.”
Excerpted from: “You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading,” by Juan Vidal, NPR, April 17, 2016 NPR. KQED Public Radio.
What books have you re-read?
Note from Marlene:
I have re-read so many favorites, it would be a long list.
One of my all-time favorites to re-read is What Have We Here, by Susan Bono.