After reading Jennifer Hubbard’s post on re-reading, I got thinking about books that I re-read and the reasons why. Even though almost nothing gets me more excited than finding a wonderful new book to read (except maybe solving a challenging issue in my writing), sometimes I just want to pick up an old favourite. Why?
It’s comforting, like spending time with an old friend or family member without having to talk.
When I’m feeling tired, sometimes it’s easier to read something where I already know what’s going to happen.
The story is compelling and, even though it’s different than reading it the first time, I want the experience of reading it again.
I want to share, so I read it aloud to one of my daughters.
I admire the writer’s skill and want to get a feel for their writing techniques again, or I want to research how the writer handles a particular element of writing. Even when this is my purpose, I often get caught up in the story!
A few of my favourite books to re-read:
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (or any of the HP books)