On a recent visit to a forum there was a topic called “What are you reading?” and one of the answers was from someone who was reading a book for the 10th time. This made me wonder…how many of us read a book multiple times? It also made me think about my reading habits. As I thought about all the books I’ve read, how many of them have I read more than once? At first I thought I never read a book more than once, but then I remembered God in the Manger. This is a book I start reading right after Thanksgiving. The book is about Christmas and it’s a wonderful reminder about the true meaning of the holiday, which can get buried underneath the hustle and bustle of the season. Other than this book, I can’t think of any other that I have read multiple times.
My current reading trend is to read a book once and then reshelf it…never to read it again. Why? Well, for one, there are SO many books I want to read and there are more being written every day! It seems the number of books I want to read is a lot more than the time I have to read. This being the case, I feel like I don’t have the time to reread a book since there are many others waiting for my attention.
Another reason is the “surprise factor” of a novel. When I’m reading a book, part of the pleasure of reading is the anticipation of discovering what will happen in a given situation. Not knowing the ending or not learning about certain information until the author divulges it to the reader keeps me reading a book and if that aspect of the story is gone, I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy reading the book a second time.
Of course this doesn’t include books written for toddlers – I’ve read those little storybooks to children more times than I can count! Same with poetry; I can read poetry more than one time too.
Are you the same or can you reread a book multiple times?