The Magic of the Re-Read

I read The Hobbit every year.  Like clockwork, every January I pick up my favorite book and I read it.  It’s so appropriate!  The book is about an unexpected adventure.  What better time of year to read that than at the start of a new year?  What unexpected adventures await me?


I have decided that I will increase my Goodreads reading goal for 2016.  This year’s goal was 30 books and, just since I’ve been working at the library, I have far exceeded that goal.

I have also decided there are several books I need to read again.  For example, I work with someone who, every year, reads through the entire Harry Potter series.  While we were listening to snippets of the audio books at work (yes, this is what I do for a living :), I realized there are several portions of the books I have forgotten over the years.  I’ve watched the movies tons of times, but it’s been years since I’ve read the books!  I should be ashamed of myself!

So my solution to this dilemma is to re-read as many books as I read new books in 2016.  My first book will inevitably be The Hobbit.  I will also add the Harry Potter series to this list and, since I planned on re-reading Game of Thrones before the next book is published anyway, I might tackle that series as well!  (Hint hint, George R.R. Martin…please PLEASE finish the next book this year!)

I’m thinking I also might throw in a few classics.  It’s been a while since I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and I’m always in the mood for a good Sherlock Holmes mystery.

How many times do we learn new things after reading something we are already familiar with?  There is no end to learning and you can always find exciting stuff you didn’t realize was there upon your first read.  So gather a pen and paper, or a blog, and decide what books you are going to re-read this year.  There is some seriously special magic in rediscovering a book you’ve already fallen in love with!

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