Arrogant in that they have read all the good books out there.
Narrow-minded in that they insist
on staying in their own narrow area of reading pleasure.
Dim in that they didn't get the book's
full measure the first time.
For me, reading a favorite book for a second time often feels like a different experience -
now scientists say that it actually IS different.
The habit of watching films or reading books multiple times encourages people to engage with them emotionally.
The 'second run' can offer profound emotional benefits, says a new study, based on interviews with readers in the U.S. and New Zealand.
By enjoying the emotional effects of the book more deeply, people become more in touch with themselves.
Few would question looking at a great painting twice, or watching a favorite movie again and again.
But, perhaps because rereading requires more of a commitment than giving something a second look,
it is undertaken in the face of guilt-inducing awareness of all the other books that you should have read at least once but haven’t.
But to me, an authentic life contains no "should's" only those rare
fragile moments that "could" exist if we but brave the censure of
the milling masses.
“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
“One cannot read a book: one can only reread it.”
“What a scholar one might be if one knew well only five or six books.”
What books appear on your reread list?
Are they bound by a common theme?
What do these books say about you?