Recently, for the first time in years, I re-read a book. Actually…I re-read two books. I decided that, in preparation for reading Allegiant, I was going to read Divergent and Insurgent again. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the experience.
Mostly I’ve avoided re-reading books in the past because I felt like: (a) it would suck up valuable reading time that I could be using for all of the awesome books that I haven’t read yet, and (b) wouldn’t I just get bored with reading something I’ve already read before?
But I had a blast re-reading the Divergent series, and I’m so glad that I decided to do it. I chose this series specifically because I absolutely loved both books the first time that I read them, so I knew that I would probably like them the second time around as well, and also because I really wanted to be able to enjoy Allegiant, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it as much if I didn’t remember everything from the other two books perfectly.
I have a huge problem with forgetting what happened in books after I’ve read them. I barely remembered anything about the Divergent series besides the main plot points and two of the character names. So I knew that I wouldn’t get as much out of reading Allegiant if I went into it without having refreshed myself with a re-read of the previous books.
Even though I hate the fact that I have book memory problems, it was almost kind of a positive thing when it came to re-reading this series. Because I barely remembered anything, it was almost like I was reading it for the first time all over again. That element definitely added to how much I liked the experience of re-reading, so I’m interested to hear from you guys who’ve re-read books and don’t have the same memory problems that I have.
- Do you re-read books? How often?
- Do you re-read books in a series before catching up with the latest installment?
- How much does your memory of a book affect whether you decide to re-read it/enjoy re-reading it?