2021: My Year of Rereading

21 February, 2021

At the start of 2021, I told myself no new gadgets or electronics for the next 12 months. So far, I’ve managed to stick to that.

A few weeks later, I decided to extend that to include books — whether new or used, printed or electronic. Instead, I’m taking 2021 to do something I don’t do enough of: rereading books that I haven’t cracked open in 10, 20, or even 30 years.

Why? To reacquaint myself with works that I’ve enjoyed or which helped shape my thinking. To see if those books have held up after all this time. To again expose my brain to the ideas in those books. To find out how my thinking and perception have changed. To uncover ideas I might have missed the last time I read those books.

I might find myself asking Why did I get into this book? I might find myself wondering why I didn’t reread a book earlier. Or I might have another reaction.

I’m looking forward to finding out what happens.

Scott Nesbitt