I’ve made a lot of excuses for why I haven’t been able to get the library for a few months. I’ve been busy with wedding plans…I’ve had a lot of freelance work…I had to pack and move multiple times…my husband actually expects me to talk to him instead of reading all day…I’ve been sick a lot…and, most recently, I’ve had to use my reading time for my internship. All of these are true, however, I have still been able to preserve some free reading time.
So what’s the real reason I haven’t visited my new local library? *drum roll please*
I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series!
The series has been collecting dust on my shelf for years. I don’t know what inspired me to pick them up again. Maybe it was the announcement of the new Harry Potter movie series, or maybe something inside of me just said it was time.
I’m sorry to say that I had to struggle through the first book. I’m not 12 years old, after all. I suppose it’s understandable that a twelve year old’s perspective doesn’t immediately catch my attention anymore. By the time the Mirror gave Harry the Stone, however, I was hooked!
*Que the photo of me reading the fifth Harry Potter book when I’m supposed to be getting ready for my wedding*
It has taken me all the majority of this year to get through the first part of the series, but now, as I’m abut to open the seventh book for the first time in years, I can’t believe that I haven’t done this sooner!
There is nothing more magical than finding a new favorite book. I won’t argue with that truth. But there is something magical that happens when you become attached a book. You leave a part of yourself behind in its pages. For some people, it may be enough to just keep their favorite books on a shelf to look at. For others, they have to revisit their favorite books.
I’m definitely one of those people. But then again, I’ve been known to watch favorite movie scenes over and over again. So I might be crazy…but I don’t think I’m the only one.
Do you know the feeling I described earlier. The feeling of “leaving a part of yourself behind” in a book. As I’ve reread the Harry Potter series, I’ve tried to picture myself reading them for the first time. (I’m so jealous of that Melody.) I’ve gotten of memories…ghosts of emotions…snippets of old arguments with fellow Harry Potter nerds 🙂 . The part of me that will always love Harry Potter has come alive again. I had almost forgotten it was there. I mean, the movies are still playing everywhere, but they just aren’t the same.
And if I may make on more observation: What’s the use of keeping your favorite books around if you don’t intend to pick them back up one day? Do you just like feeling the covers or showing them off to your friends? That’s not really my style.
So have you felt that way about one of your favorite books or series? Do you love to revisit your favorite fictional worlds? Which ones? How often do you reread books?
Or do you think I really am crazy and rereading books is a waste of time? Do you just feel like you never have the time or do you have a stronger reason for disagreeing with me?
I want to know your thoughts.
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