I have a burning question I want to ask you today (*drumroll, please!*): Do you read books more than once?
This question came to mind because I recently read a review that a lovely reader wrote for one of my older books, Tropical Kiss and Tell. (This book happens to be my most favorite story that I’ve ever written.) When I read the review, I immediately wanted to dig up the story and read it again. I mentioned this to the reader and she said she wanted to as well (even though she’d just finished it the night before!). I was so touched and thrilled that she’d even consider using her precious time to do so.
The thing is, readers have no shortage of books to choose from. I’ve heard wild stories of people who have upwards of a thousand or more books on their Kindles! I myself have a dozen books in my TBR pile. So, what would move someone to read the same book more than once?
For me, I love revisiting old characters that I fell in love with. It’s like meeting a friend whom you haven’t seen for years, but you know it’ll be just like old times when you get together. There’s a sense of familiarity and predictability that a new story can’t provide. It’s also satisfying to relive the lines and scenes that you found funny, memorable, or touching. I also associate books with certain feelings. If I’m in the mood to laugh or cry or swoon, it’s easy to pick up a story I’ve read before that will do the job. The beauty of rereading a book is knowing exactly how a story will progress and end, so there’s no need to rush through it. You can take your time to enjoy every single page, cover to cover.
Do you read books more than once? If so, why? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Also, feel free to share a book or two that you enjoy rereading.