I have a confession to make! In all my years of reading, I have only re-read books from two series: Harry Potter and the Left Behind series. No other book has ever been (knowingly) in my hands to read more than once. I see no reason to read books again (the ones in the series were just to remember where we are in the story.) There are so many books out there to read, why would I spend my time reading one where I know the characters, I know what's going to happen to them, and it's not really a mystery? Now I hear you (at least I hope the voices in my head is you all and not...but I digress) saying that with my book memory, there's no way I'd remember the outcome, the characters, the mystery. But I do, at least somewhat. Before I was good at keeping track of what I read (yeah, Library Thing!), at least a couple of times a year I would pick up a book, start reading and think...wow this all sounds very familiar. And I would wonder through the first 100 pages or so why it felt all 'deja vu'-ish. I would then decide that I had read it before, check the end to be sure and be mad that I had wasted that time. And I hadn't even enjoyed the part I did read because I kept having those nagging thoughts running through my head. Usually this was also the inspiration to start a book journal - a January through September excel file was my longest one before finding Library Thing.
So, tell me! How do you enjoy reading a book that you've already read? Do you re-read your favorite books or are there just a few that are good to read again? When do you re-read - holidays, summer, etc? Maybe I'm missing out!