I love to read, obviously. I love discovering new worlds and losing myself between the pages of books. There’s something magical about the book experience that you can’t quite get from watching a movie or a theater production. Discovering new favorite books and authors is a real delight, and sharing these new finds is even better. But I think there is something even more special.
Rereading old favorites is a different kind of special.
Rereading a favorite book is like listening to an old song, and all those feelings of nostalgia wash over you and it’s like you’ve traveled back in time. Vanessa Carlton’s Be Not Nobody album has a profound effect on my insides, disarming me completely and making me feel like a kid again. A love-sick, vulnerable, silly kid. And I’m not the same person I was all those years ago, but for a few minutes I remember what it was like and it’s a strange kind of magic.
I get a very similar feeling when I reread favorite books. I’m walking in a world I’ve been to before and I may have already experienced the pain and happiness, but it doesn’t feel old. It feels present and I realize this may not be as articulate as I may have hoped, but it’s the only way I can express how rereading makes me feel.
There’s a degree of intimacy present while rereading that isn’t there when you read a new book. The characters and the story are familiar, but the feelings are the same. In many cases you make new discoveries, seeing something in these books you never noticed before. And usually, these characters become even more important to you, the stories even more your own, and reawakens all those past sensations you first felt when reading for the first time.
I know for many of us Harry Potter is the epitome of bookish nostalgia. Blogging makes it a little difficult to reread all the books I want to and my own personal reading goal on Goodreads limits the amount of books I can reread. But I have a date with Harry Potter. I’m going to spend a month rereading all the books and relive all those wonderful moments when Harry Potter became more than just a book series, it became a part of me.