The question that has been bouncing around my head this week is, WHY do I like re-reading so much?
I recently re-read the entire Hollows series by Kim Harrison, which was not my first time doing so. This got me thinking about why I re-read books so often. And I mean often, I have re-read almost all of my books at least once and on some occasions several times. Which is why my bookshelves are overflowing. I can't seem to part with my books since I like to read them over and over and over again. So why do I re-read?
Firstly, I think it has to do with getting caught up for the next book, refreshing my memory. I want to have all the details fresh in my mind so I know what is going on in the latest book. I won't be wondering the whole time about why a character does something or what happened in their past. I'll know because I just re-read their entire story. I hate when I can't remember things that happened in previous books. It just nags at me the whole time I am reading. Which can get annoying and makes reading less enjoyable, at least for me.
Secondly, I like to re-read because of the story. When I am reading I love getting lost in the story, the characters, and the world that has been created. Even though I know how things are going to turn out I can't help delving back into these characters lives. The characters made such a huge impression on me that I feel that I need to go back and read about them again.
Lastly, I like the foreshadowing in previous books. It is fun to go back and see all the things that an author set up ahead of time and discovering it when I read the book again. Sometimes it is so obvious the second go round that I can't imagine why I missed it the first time. With a re-reading I am able to discover new things I didn't notice the first time I read the book. Which is always fun.
In other words I am a re-reading addict. I do it constantly and for fun. I know most people don't have the time or the need to re-read. So are you a re-reader?