Maybe fear isn’t the right word but I never thought I would be nervous or uneasy to re-read a book. I usually enjoy it! Re-reading is my mark of a good book. If it’s something I want to read and live again, it’s a good book.
I’ve been thinking lately about how things change. You might have loved a book when you read it years ago but when you re-read it now, you don’t like it or worse…you hate it. Does that tarnish your image of the book?
The books that brought about this discussion are the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I loved the books when I read them years ago. I thought they were top of the game YA books.
The ‘problem’ is I’d consider myself more well read in the YA world at this point. I’ve literally read hundreds of more books since then. Some good books and some bad ones. I’m just a little nervous to revisit them. How are they going to stand up? Am I going to be harsher on them because I’ve seen what does and doesn’t work in the YA world? Or am I going to see flaws that I was overlooking years ago but now can’t ignore? Maybe I’ll love them even more because of how well they stand up?
Do you get nervous about re-reading?
Does re-reading change your opinions of books?