You haven’t really read a book until you have read it at least twice. I’ve always felt that every time you reread a book, you get something new out of it. I mean, we are even told to read the Bible constantly. This is probably why I don’t mind rereading a book. Rereading my favourite books is one way to relax, so I fill my bookshelf with hardcopy books. There’s so much value in rereading your favourite books. You can revisit beloved characters, discover new details missed the first time, and escape to the comfort of familiar worlds.

Here are a few of my favourite books that you can read and reread.

The Sex Lives of African Women

I just wrote a book review on this book. If you haven’t read it, get yourself a copy and reread it with a little more understanding when you are done.

The book focuses on African women, as depicted in the title. These are women who were brought up in different African cultures. As illustrated in the book, many of them have gone through sexual traumas that eventually brought them to realise their sexual identities. This book will take you to a world of intimacy and deep honesty through the tales of black women and sex.

Educated

This is about the author’s courage to get an education. It sounds odd that some people still believe education is not essential for the girl-child. Through the book, you will see Westover’s challenges – challenges she went through as an individual and what her family went through. Vivid description is used a lot, and you will feel it if you are like me. By the time the book was released, Tara got educated, but at the expense of her family. Sometimes, you have to choose what serves you and go after it. You will always win some and lose some.

The Pillars of the Earth

I saw this book on Oprah’s reading list and decided to read it. I started rereading it a few months ago with much more understanding. I would say this is a story about a cathedral. But wait, there’s more to it. This story is about betrayal, seduction, love, hardship, and much more. As you read this book, you will be drawn into the lives of each character and pick sides, then go back and choose a different side. You can read this book more than twice and still get intrigued every time.

Year of Yes

You should read this book every year. It could be on the first of January or your birthday, which signifies the start of a new year/age for you. Shonda Rhimes wrote this book to demonstrate how things changed for the better when she decided to say yes. This is her memoir. After reading this book for the first time a few years back, I was determined to say ‘yes’ a lot more. And I did until I slowly reverted to my old ways (sigh). Think for a moment about the many no’s you have said. What if you say yes more? Would things change for you? Read and reread this book to get the reminder and constant push you need.

I Can’t Make This Up

Kevin Hart gets honest about his personal and professional life in this book. He starts right from when he was born, his upbringing, the challenges he endured and even his love life. Each theme is intertwined with lessons he learned that you can pick. The book will probably help you see him more profoundly than just his comedy. This is a book worth reading more than twice.

Are there any books you have read more than once? Share them in the comment section below.