Whilst sifting through my packed boxes to find a nail file dear to my heart, I came across one of my all-time favorite novels, “The Wind Through The Keyhole” by Stephen King. As I began to place my book back in the box of “all things forgotten”, regret began to creep into my heart. With my novel cuffed tightly in my hand, initially, I thought to leave it out on my night stand, but something about King becoming a token of decor cheapened the priceless treasure I was holding on to.
A bright idea struck me and I decided to read my novel a second time after two years. I believe some of the best things in life come in waves, so why not indulge in a piece of wonder that would surely bring me pleasure in a number of new ways?
Four ways to be exact.
Here’s why you should unearth one of your favorite novels and give it a second, or even third, go around.
1. Relive the magic
A good book never falls short of magic, no matter how many times our oily fingers have rubbed against its enchanted pages. Whether you’re circling a novel a few months later or even years after your initial read, the world you left inside those pages has only expanded by the time you revisit it’s rough and torn streets or white sand beaches. Magic never dies.
2. Discover a fresh perspective
It’s easy to take on a point of view the author has set out for us when we begin reading a new book. Often times, there is no other way to read a tale when we’re discovering a new universe, but once you’ve gotten your feet wet, how about dipping your fingers in next? Seeing the story through the eyes of a separate character or through a new lens you’ve placed on yourself will open the doors of detail. You will be sure to experience something new that you didn’t catch before when you couldn’t pull your eyes away from the page.
3. Fall in love with a new character
Remember that main character that tugged on your heart strings when you were only three sentences deep? Forget about them. Being conveyed by any character is one reason why a novel becomes a favorite, but try to disconnect yourself from the character that you found to be the most engaging and grab the hand of the character that was only present for one chapter or the character that racked your brain with annoyance. You never know, you may find a bit of yourself in the character you placed on the back burner.
4. Become a conversationalist
I have dreams of meeting a person in a quaint teashop decorated with huge, colorful, worn couches that don’t lack an ounce of comfort. The person in my dreams is reading my favorite novel and I have the confidence to sit down and spark up a conversation with said person. I plan to talk in depth about the whimsical fairy tale that is unfolding in the pages before them, but in depth conversations are made up of an endless amount of knowledge and a thirst to gain more knowledge. We won’t just speak about the overall theme of the book, but we will dissect the unspoken truths of it. Allow yourself that reread, so you too can revel in the chatter and charm of your favorite tale of fiction or non-fiction.