When it comes to re-reading, my TBR (TBRR?) is voluminous. As is my new (to me, at least) book TBR. Which means that the odds of me actually getting around to reading any particular title are both low and impossible to predict (although Dirk Gently would not approve of anything being termed impossible).
Alright, then. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. I haven’t read it since I was in my early teens, if not younger. I’m not sure it was even on my TBRR. But it was on my Kindle, and apparently when I start to feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of never-read titles on there, I grab the first familiar one that comes along.
I’m not saying that this is a particularly effective reading strategy, but it is a reading strategy. You know, if your reading strategy is not to really have a strategy, but to just go with the flow of the universe and the fundamental interconnectedness of things, which is something of which I’m sure Dirk Gently would approve.
Or that’s my excuse, anyway.
There’s a lot to be said for re-reading. There’s something wonderfully comfortable about coming back to worlds and characters that you already know, even if you haven’t visited for a while. It’s akin to curling up on the sofa in your pyjamas and eating chocolate brownies when you’re feeling a bit tired and down. It’s comforting, healing even, and we emerge feeling reassured (if a little over-indulged).
But there are dangers in re-reading, too. Not all books are the same when we come back to them – or rather, we aren’t the same. We see things we never noticed before, and they’re not always good things. It can take the shine off an old favourite pretty quickly.
Although, I’m happy to say, I think I enjoyed Dirk Gently more this time than I did the first. Now – watch on!
How about you, lovely people? Do you re-read? What books do you go back to? What ones have let you down on a re-visit? Let me know below!