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Now is the perfect time to embrace the page-turning thrill of a re-read

Ciara O'Connor


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I don't like change and I'm not fond of surprises: at the moment, I'm incapable of anything other than re-reading.

Things feel risky enough, without throwing new literature into the mix. It's too disorienting. I like books better after I've read them.

I have a strange relationship with re-reading, in that I forget basically everything I've read almost immediately. Growing up with Harry Potter was a scourge: I'd have to speed-read every book in the series before a new one came out in the summer. Today, Potter references sail over my head regularly, casting doubt on my status as a woman of letters.