Before starting this blog, one thing I did an awful lot was re-read old books. There's something comforting about going back to an old favourite but for me there was always a lot more to it than that.
I've mentioned occasionally on my blog that I find reading quite difficult because of health problems that I have. Some of the symptoms of M.E - the illness that I have - are difficulty concentrating, poor memory and headaches, as well as severe fatigue. For me that means reading in short bursts and taking rests between reading sessions. But there was a time when I couldn't read at all, for a few years.
When my health started to improve a little I went back to reading. The easiest way for me to get back into it was to go back to books I was already familiar with. This meant my brain didn't have to work as hard to process the information because I already knew what would happen. Gradually I started adding in new books to my reading routine but I always found them a lot harder to read.
Over the past few years I've really broadened what I read. This is mainly down to borrowing books from friends that I wouldn't usually buy, and being able to get books at the library without worrying about buying something I won't like. Starting this blog has shown the biggest shift in my reading, though. It's made me really focus on discovering a wealth of new titles. Through following other book blogs and utilising Goodreads I discover more and more books every day that I want to read, and in a mission to keep this blog fresh and interesting I often go for new and exciting titles and mix up what I read (okay, my enjoyment may come slightly before the blog...).
Recently, though I've really missed re-reading books. I always have a re-read of all or part of the Harry Potter series each year but I don't think I've even gotten round to doing that this year! Luckily I have 4 of the books on audio book so I might have to dig those out soon. I'm currently listening to The Hunger Games on audio which is the first time I've gone back to that book since I initially read it early last year. It's so nice to revisit it!
What do you think about re-reading? Do you go back and revisit books? Or are you a read it once and move on kind of reader? I'd love to hear from you!