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Should I Read a Book I've Already Read?

"Those who read great works, on the other hand, will read the same work ten, twenty or thirty times during the course of their life." - C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Sometimes I'm afraid of re-reading books. Especially the ones I really love. What if I hate it the second time around?

The problem with reading is once I finish a book, I don't have another one to read. I've read everything on my bookshelf (which is kind of a shocker, not gonna lie). When my family and I were going down the shore for a beach day, I needed a book with me. It's essential. So, I picked up a book I already read. And was I surprised.

"Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life."
Source: Good Reads

I first read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick after I graduated high school in 2016. I fell in love with it instantly. The characters were great. The scenarios were funny. And Patch became my first book boyfriend.

Book Boyfriend: The main male character a bookworm has fallen in love with because boys in books are better; a love-hate relationship because said reader wants their book boyfriend to be with them, but also wants to him to be with his love interest. A collectible.

When I tell you I fell in love with the plot and characters all over again, I seriously fell in love. I understood the characters better. I found the story to be funnier. And the connection between the two main characters was phenomenal.

There is something quite amazing and magical when you find a familiar story unfold further before your eyes. There were sentences in chapter one that basically gave away the whole plot that I never noticed in the first read but appreciated much more during the second read.

I personally believe people tend to think that once you read a book once, you don't need to read it again because you know how it ends. I was one of those people. But how is watching your favorite movie over and over again any different? Just like you notice small things here and there in a certain movie scene, you experience the same with a book.

Honestly, I think instead of buying more books, I'm going to re-read the ones I already own. I loved them the first time for a reason. Will I still buy more books? Sure. But why spend more money when I already have dozens of miraculous worlds residing on a shelf in my room?

If you're someone who loves to read, I highly recommend you pick up a book you've already read and read it again. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with the story all over again.

So, should I read a book I've already read? Yes. 100% yes.

That is all I have for you today, friend! What books have you read that you would read again in a heartbeat? Leave a comment. Let's have a discussion.

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