There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. –Josh JamesonWith all the choices on today's TV, it is no longer an abomination when re-run season starts. If we choose, we can flip to one of many networks to find and to enjoy an episode of a show that we never got to see the first time around.
The same thing can be said about reading. It's always exciting to read a new book when it's released, but we can't forget to search out the older, even classic books that we never got to read the first time around. Even re-reading something from our bookshelf gives us the benefit of catching something new: a word of wisdom or a hidden plot detail, that we may have have missed the first time.
Re-reading a favorite is something that C.S. Lewis recommends.
"It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between." - C.S. Lewis
My resolution for the new year is to read more. Read more novels, read more non-fiction, read more of my bible. This year, I'm going to make the effort of putting down the remote and picking up a book from my overly stuffed bookcases. It may be a new adventure, or an old favorite, but my intention is to turn more pages in a book instead of closing them.