With TBR piles towering, this might seem crazy to some, but I know a lot of folks who love to re-read perennial favorites despite having hundreds of unread books just waiting to be picked up. Me? Guilty as charged. Though admittedly I am not all that often re-reading books for the very reason that I own so many unread ones, but occasionally I feel in the mood for a re-read too.
Personally, I read books again simply because I love them so much. You probably know the feeling of dread when you turn the last page of an amazing book. You don't want it to be over. If it's not a series where you can wait and hope for the sequel, all that's left to do is start all over again. A bookish Groundhog Day, but in a good way.
This year I'm also re-reading several Dean Koontz novels in my respective reading challenge for a whole different reason. I read those books ages ago when I was still a teenager, and I finally wanted to read them in their original English version and not the German translation I read back in the days. This is kinda like meeting an old friend, with bits and pieces that I remembered, but at the same time so many new things to discover between the pages as well. Funny how you can always find little details you didn't quite notice the first time around and which lend a book even more depth. I guess that's the beauty of re-reading.
Another reason that comes to mind is re-reading a novel before getting started on more books of a series, especially when it's been a while since you read the first book. Admittedly I've never done this myself, but it does make sense to me. More often than not, if I really like a book in a series, I'll get my hands on the other books as fast as I can, so I'm unlikely to forget the gist.
Do you ever re-read books? If so, what are your reasons for doing it? And which books have you re-read in the past, or plan to read again in the future? Or maybe you don't read books a second (or third) time? If so, what's the reason youre a one-time-only reader? Please share.