Discuss: Re-Reading Books


When I was younger, I was very big on re-reading books. These days, my to-be-read pile is so large that it’s simply not practical to be re-reading books I’ve already read. But I still think there’s merit in re-reading and there are other ways to go about it than just sitting down with the book from your shelf that’s loved and dog-eared.

Back in the day, I had more free time to kill, so I was able to spend afternoons just paging through stories I had already experienced so I could experience them again. Most of this penchant for re-reading stemmed from Harry Potter. When you’re waiting for the next book in a series like that to come out, you need to feed your need somehow. I spent hours upon hours in the world of Harry Potter and have re-read those books more times than I can possibly count. On each re-reading, I seemed to experience something new. But the thing that never changed was the comfort and the sense of coming home that I got (and still get) from those books.

Earlier this year I began listening to some old episodes of a Harry Potter podcast and I got the itch. I wanted to re-read the books. With the aforementioned to-be-read pile of books glaring at me, I knew I had to find another way than actually reading the books with my own eyes. Luckily, the Harry Potter audiobooks are amazing. I had never had the patience for the audiobooks when I was younger, preferring instead to fly through the books at my own pace. But now I can listen to Harry Potter in the car and even at work and it’s been great. I’m on Goblet of Fire right now and I’m really enjoying this re-read that is actually  a re-listen.

How do you feel about re-reads? Do you think it’s worthwhile to re-read a book you’ve already been through? What are some of your favorite books to re-read? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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