I know a lot of people consider rereading a waste of time, which is, obviously, a valid opinion, even though I don't agree with it.
My love for rereading comes from my childhood when I had limited amount of books to read, and so I spent a lot of time rereading my favorites. Today, I'm lucky to own a shit ton of books - around a hundred of them unread *cries* - and to have an ever-growing tbr shelf. So I fully, and I mean FULLY understand why many of your feel like rereading is a waste of time that you could spend reading new books. I just.. I don't feel that way.
I think my tbr will never make me stop rereading. Thing is, my aim was never to devour all the books of ever, because that's a) flipping impossible, b) I read for my enjoyment, so when I feel up to a reread, you bet I'll jump right into one. So, why exactly is rereading fantastic according to yours truly?
YOU CAN REVISIT YOUR FAVORITE WORLDS
There are made-up worlds so magical and unique that they stay with us for ever, and it can feel damn good to go back to them. Oh, and if you've forgotten a lot since your first read! Now that is the best thing ever, because it's as if you're experiencing the world and its wonders all over again.
Some worlds that feel like going home because I've revisited them so many times:
Coraline / These Broken Stars / Cruel Beauty / Psy-Changeling Series
YOU CAN MEET YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS AGAIN
For me, characters can make or break a novel - if the plot is lacking, but the cast is strong, I'll likely give a favorable rating to a novel, but if the reverse is true... that's a disappointment right there.
I think me paying attention to the characters to that extent, relating to them, and loving them all add up to having some characters I feel 'close' to. Not in a way you feel to a friend, or a real person, but in a way that reading their story can - like with the worlds above - feel like going home. It's nice to 're-meet' your faves, especially if they are never going to appear in another book.
YOU MIGHT SEE A STORY OR CHARACTER IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
(1) A person can change a lot between their first and second (or third, or fourth... you get it) read of the same novel, and these changes can make them look differently at a novel.
(2) Or, you may have learnt new things - on your own, at work, in school etc. - that will make you look at a part of a book in an entirely new way. For example, I've just finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman where he tried his best to stick to the "facts" we know about Norse Gods. It has shown me a looot of things that actually exists in Norse Mythology... the same things I saw Rick Riordan recreate in Magnus Chase, but never knew they were "real". It makes me appreciate Riordan's work even more, and were I to reread MC I'm sure I'd remember even more things rooted in North Mythology that he utilized.
(3) Rereading can make you discover new aspects of a novel, for example when it comes to mystery/thriller novels you may discover hints to the twist(s). Clues, characterization... anything you missed the first time might put the story into a whole new perspective.
YOUR FAVORITE BOOK CAN LIFT YOUR MOOD
& GET YOU OUT OF A READING SLUMP
Rereading can be useful - I for one always opt for one of my favorite novels when I need a pick me up, or when I'm in a reading slump, or my mind is too occupied to concentrate on a new book. Of course, a new book that you end up adoring can also cheer you up - but even by ones you're sure you'll love, you might be disappointed.
Some of my favorite books to read when I'm feeling blue:
There are going to be books that disappoint you if you reread them, although I'm hardly ever worried about that. I definitely think it's a valid concern!! But as long as I remember the core of a novel and/or check out some reviews, there's little chance I won't know if the same novel would or wouldn't work for me today.
Usually, said change is positive - you might have went through a similar experience to what a character goes through in the novel, and thus you can relate to them and appreciate their story in a whole new way.
Do you enjoy rereading? Why/Why not? Let's chat!