I never used to reread because I only thought of the drawbacks, but I started to in the past couple years and have discovered there are quite a few reasons I actually love it! As per usual, I'll share my thoughts, and then I can't wait to hear yours :-)
Pros of Rereading:
1. You get to notice all the little things you didn’t before.
This is actually my favorite thing about rereading. The first time you read, you’re trying to absorb so much because you know nothing about the story yet, but that causes you to miss a lot little things. When you read a second time, you’re not bogged down by the sheer amount of information. You also notice the foreshadowing and clues that you missed before.
2. You get to see things in a new perspective.
Once you know what’s going to happen and really know the characters, their feelings, their motivations, etc., you get to see all the events and actions in the story in a completely new perspective. I’m definitely noticing that in my current reread. The first time I read the first book, I was completely on edge because there were so many secrets and shady things that I didn’t even know who to trust, but now I have an understanding for the characters are and why they did the things they did, bringing a new depth to the book.
3. You’re reminded of all the little things you forgot.
You forget more than you realize. At least I do. Even reading a book a few months apart, I come across a whole bunch of little things I forgot. Yeah, I still remember the sequence of events, the characters, and the big things, but I forget little scenes here and there, conversations, emotions of the characters, etc. This is especially useful if you’re about to read the next book in a series as those little details can make all the difference.
4. It’s comforting.
I used to think I didn’t have “comfort reads,” but it turns out rereading a book you love actually can be comforting because you already know you’re going to love it and don’t have to stress over how it will end or if it will disappoint you. Certain books make you happy, and being in a world with characters you love just feels like home.
Cons of Rereading:
1. It takes time away from new books.
And let’s face it, we all have more books on our TBRs than time to read them. But of course we want to read as many as possible!
2. There’s no suspense or surprise factor.
You already know what’s going to happen, and that does make the book lose something. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still plenty easy to feel emotion, sadness, grief, etc. when a character almost dies or a couple breaks up or something bad happens, even if you already know it’ll all work out in the end, but a reread is never quite the same as the first time. And twists are obviously not going to have any effect.
3. You might be disappointed.
Our experiences changes us, and, over time, our taste in books might change. It can be disappointing to reread a book you once loved and find it lacking or even to struggle to get through it.