Friday, February 12, 2016
TO REREAD OR NOT TO REREAD
My best friend and my daughter love to reread books. They really delve into characters and plots and philosophy of the books. I felt like I couldn't keep up. They would reference a book that they've both enjoyed multiple times and I would vaguely remember the plot and the names of the characters. I decided I needed to give this rereading thing a try.
But before I did, I researched the value of rereading books. Here are a few reasons I found to reread books:
1. It reminds me of the good ideas I found in the book the first time. It's always good to refresh good ideas, especially as I get older because I am getting so forgetful. I JUST read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone again. I had forgotten some of the wisdom in that book that doesn't translate into the movies.
2. It helps me notice the ideas that I didn't notice before. I often get so caught up in the story that I miss things completely. Rereading can help me find great things that I missed the first time. My daughters are reading Frankenstein for school. I read it years ago. They started discussing that they thought Dr. Frankenstein might have had Aspergers. I had completely forgotten is quirks and anti-social tendencies. Perhaps he does. I hadn't noticed the first time.
3. It gives me a new perspective. I love seeing a book with fresh eyes. I remember in high school when I read The Lord of the Rings, Frodo was the hero. I reread it 10 years ago and I decided Sam was actually the bigger role model.
And 4. It helps me to apply ideas. The book I have had no trouble rereading over and over again is the Book of Mormon. Every time I reread this great book, I find things that change my life and I am able to apply it to my life. This is probably the best reason to reread books.
After rereading Harry Potter and enjoying it so much, I think I'll make a list of my all time favorite books and why they mean so much to me. Perhaps I'll reread all of those books.... It's actually fun. BUT first I'll read something new (because that's good too!)