Rereading your favorite books from childhood can help you learn a lot about yourself. Some of the books you loved when you were little will turn out to be amazing, while others will disappoint you, but it’s all a part of personal growth.
If you, like millions of people around the world right now, are stuck at home with not much to do right now, returning to some of the books you used to love as a kid may be a fun thing to do. You’ll probably find that some of these books shaped the person you are today and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about why you are who you are.
Rereading “reminds us that we can experience something intensely and not be seeing everything at the time. And going back, we see something different,” said English professor from Yale Jill Campbell for The Atlantic. She notes that rereading allows you to analyze books that had an impact on you but also to think about your own life as you do it.
If you find that your favorite books from childhood still have a certain magic to them, they can be your anchors for when things are difficult. There’s something very comforting about knowing that, no matter what’s happening, you can always return to a story that calms you down and centers you.