We take comfort in a few things. Food deliveries, hot coffee, lounge wear, and…old books. At least for some.
I didn’t understand how people wasted time rereading old books. There are millions of new material waiting to get noticed. Why waste hours on a book you’ve read before? Here's why.
Familiarity brings comfort. Old books feel like old shoes.
An outstanding book ages like fine wine. The essence remains, no matter how old it gets. Sometimes, we have to reach a certain age to finally understand them.
Or we simply love the book.
Bob Proctor said, 'when you read a good book through the second time, you don’t see something you didn’t see before, you see something in yourself that wasn’t there before.'
These health books are worth reading twice.
Veganist by Kathy Freston
Are you interesting in leaning into a plant-based diet? This is a great book to start with. There are loads of information in this book - medical information, interviews, stories of recoveries, and researches — so take it slowly.
Get the book here.
How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger
This is the book for those who want to know more about what kills us — cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and how to prevent these diseases from doing just that.
It’s 550+ pages packed with life-changing information. If you aren’t a reader, check Dr. Greger’s videos here.
Dr. Greger developed an app called The Daily Dozen and will remind you to add nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, oats, herbs, and vitamin B12 into your daily diet.
Here’s a fact — plant foods contain 64x more antioxidants than animal foods.
Get the book here. Download the Daily Dozen app for Android here, for iOs here.
The Kind Life by Alicia Silverstone
I recommend this book for those who are considering moving towards a plant-based diet. Silverstone calls this ‘flirting’.
There are chapters dedicated to the environmental impact of our food choices, caring for animals, and plant-based recipes.
It’s also a story of how a celebrity uses her voice to advocate for animal rights and demand accountability from consumers.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. -Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Get the book here.
Ryan Holiday is a big fan of re-reading books. He believes that the more you engage with a material, the more you will come away with it. He’s read Seneca over 100 times.
Books have codes we need to crack. When you’re 18, they’re invisible to you. When you’re 35, they become clear as daylight.
When you re-read, you see words, characters, and stories differently. Our accumulated experiences as adults help define these. When you re-read, it feels like meeting friends from the past. You wonder how they’ve been. You spend some time with them, just like the good old days.
Open the pages of your favorite book. I promise it’s not a waste of time.
Remember Heraclitus’ words: You don’t cross the same river twice.
What’s YOUR favorite reread?
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