'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
I finally came up with an explanation for my love for re-reading. People sometimes wonder: ‘Why should you re-read a book? You already know what is going to happen.’ Or even ‘it’s a waste of time to re-read books when there are so many new books.’
Let me ask you a question:
Do you listen to the same songs? I bet there is a song you often play on repeat?
Now, imagine that those songs are exactly the same as books. I know that songs take less time to listen to, but you enjoy them right? You already know the lines and how the song is going to end, you are familiar with the melody, but is that boring to you? Do you regret listening to them over and over again, knowing that there are thousands – millions of other songs you can listen?
Because that is how I feel about re-reading books I love.
I don't care that I already know how it's going to end. Returning to worlds and characters I love is comforting. Is enjoying something a waste of time? I think it's sometimes good to let go of the fact that you always need to read the newest books. I don't want my blogging influence how I read, so I like to let go of the need to stay up to date every time.
Do you re-read books?