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Journeys to the Past: Revisiting Books

Hello everyone,

How often do we look back and reminisce at what was important, made us smile, filled us with joy, moved you to tears years and years ago?

Well, it does not always take years and years to feel different in particular seasons. I fondly remember from March to May being on this Shakespeare kick. I even joined a literature class for a few weeks to read Julius Caesar and be a part of the discussion! 

Those days feel so different than my days today, and it is not just the events but what was annoying me, what made me excited, and what was intriguing then. 

Because I read consistently I kind of have these marks of what I enjoyed throughout my life with the books I chose. It is ironic how much my tastes have and have not changed. I can still find myself reading historical fiction. I literally just finished a historical fiction novel like 40 minutes ago :). Anyone who really knows me knows I am a history buff and have been for forever. 

American Girl, historical fiction diaries, biographies, and presidential and African-American history books were my jam as a child. 

But I also have discovered a love for poetry and some contemporary fiction in the last few years that I cannot remember growing up with. 

What I love about literature is that it can be a time consuming process. The author has taken countless hours to write a story. The reader has to invest hours into reading it. When you read it with others or find others who have read it, you all have been on this long journey together and share a special bond because of the commitment. Many times a book might have been with you for a long time. Though I do binge read sometimes, many times I take a longer time to finish a story. So a book tends to be a part of my life for a while.  

When it comes to series, you can remember those weeks and all the earnest anticipations you had to find out what happened next. 

I still remember being in my Lord of the Rings season where I was reading The Two Towers (the second book in the trilogy) and getting so mad at Tolkien (the author) for making me wait until the second half of the book to find out what happens to Sam and Frodo. The Lord of the Rings brought a lot of joy, but it is now comical to look back and see how annoyed I was at that small book problem. 

I smile at the memories of reading all the original American Girl books with my mom or reading countless The Baby-sitters Club and Geronimo Stilton books.

I can feel the crisp pages of this Black history book I checked out over and over again at the library. 

I see little me making a diorama after reading Redwall by Brian Jacques in 6th grade or writing a paper on Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

Those books were so important to me at one point in my life. It makes me thankful we have changed. My reading level escalated. My tastes changed. My mind grew. 

Imagining a world where I only liked Geronimo Stilton and The Chronicles of Narnia would be awful. Having been pushed to try new stories and works has made me better and wiser. We grow and learn and some stories we will always revisit and others will stay in the past. That is okay. 

Not every story is supposed to be timeless for us and that’s what makes us different. Some people would hate to revisit Little Women by Louisa May Alcott but I love to. I would hate to revisit Romeo and Juliet but others would love to. 

Like I said above, reading a book can be a long journey and no one remembers everything after a trip. Therefore it is worth going back to the stories you loved/love and seeing what you valued then and what new things you come to find important. 

I have changed so much since I was first introduced to many of my favorite books, and rereading them showed me how comforting it is to be with something familiar but also how lovely it is to see with new eyes. 

Sometimes it is better to truly know one story than to read a thousand stories and forget much about them. 

This post was inspired by rereading the first book in one of my favorite childhood series: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. There was so much humor and originality there that made me thankful that I picked it up again. 9 year old and 18 year old Kenedy loved it! I could have chosen a new book, but I do not regret the time I put into reading it again. I now have a better knowledge of the story, and this time of my life will forever be marked by revisiting this book.

It seems we are always trying to find a quicker and more efficient way to have experiences. Efficiency is not bad, but not everything is to be done efficiently. There are some tasks that should not be rushed. I have lovely times where I just sit and think (and sometimes overthink) and I am so glad I just relish in my thoughts and ponder. Or I’ll reread a beautiful sentence over and over again until I understand. Or I’ll listen to someone’s story instead of just making small talk. I could just do the next thing instead of thinking through something. I could just read the sentence once and go to the next one. I could just hear the person say they are doing well, hate the weather, and are glad to see me. But how meaningful is that? 

Do not be afraid to reread a book even though we are pressured to consume more. Every season in your life is different and a story can have more to offer a second time (or eighth) through.

I challenge you to search your memories for a book that you valued sometime in the past and pick it up again! 

Now what are you doing here? Chip chop and go revisit a story!!

~ Kenedy M. 

4 thoughts on “Journeys to the Past: Revisiting Books

  1. Oh Kenedy! How I am blessed by your post! I know this is about those fun or informative books you read. Your passion and love for literature of all kinds. And I just loved your take on going back and recalling the joy of each read. Taking each one on its on merits/level of enjoyment. But I see the spiritual in your words, whether intended or not, it is there. If we all would excitedly anticipate the next chapter, the next book, watch the characters develop, appreciate and devour the Word – as we do other writings – Wow! I am sure you do this with the same/a greater passion. After all, it’s the greatest story ever told, right.
    And to share this in study or just a conversation one on one is amazing and fulfilling. There are many metaphors in this post, but I won’t go on and on. We all are better when we choose to enlarge our minds, experiences, our lives, by opening up to all that is out there, as it interests us, draws us in. Continue to explore and expand in the library of your mind Kenedy. Love you! Miss Diane

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    1. How well you write! It is so so true to relish and delight in rereading the Bible. I continue to be amazed by how God uses His Word!

      We really do learn and enlargen our minds the more we digest and go back to understand and enjoy literature!

      Thank you so much for this encouragement to continue to reread lit and God’s Word throughout life! Love you!

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  2. I love this post, Kenedy (well, actually, I love ALL your posts!)!! 🙂 I have revisited Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre by Emile Bronte – two of my favorites growing up – and just this month, Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot (boy! that one puts things in perspective!). Thanks and love you precious one!

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    1. Thank you!

      Ooohhh I need to finish Jane Eyre! I dropped it for other things but I love the story and liked Bronte’s writing. I actually saw the musical last year which was spectacular!

      My mother loves Elizabeth Elliot and I am reading Let Me Be A Woman by her! I’ll have to check that one out!

      Love you too!

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