As someone who will always have a stack of books on my nightstand (or hidden in the drawer to maintain Marie Kondo delusions), I’m always curious about “hacks” on how to read more or tips on selecting your next book.

I’ve picked up a few things here and there, but I’ve found another strategy that’s much more impactful

Reread a book.

Not just any book, but one that changed how you saw the world or lived your life.

For me, this book is Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s a straightforward look at how to build habits and increase happiness. I’ve read it at least 3 times and have referenced it many more.

The stack that never ends.

Why reread a book instead of picking a new one from your ever-growing pile?

  1. See what you missed the first time.

There’s no way you caught everything the first time. You’re starting with a book that you know has gold, so keep digging. You’ve changed since the last time you read it and something new will resonate now.

2. Reinforce ideas you love.

Repetition is key to learning, and rereading will strengthen what’s important to you. After rereading Better Than Before, I’ve improved my ability to apply to my own life and articulate the concepts to others.

As an added bonus, rereading is easier. You have a baseline of how the messages build on one another and you know where you’re going.

Now, it is possible that the book won’t resonate with you now. This is still very interesting and useful information. How have you changed? What experiences have given you new perspective? Take this as an opportunity for reflection.

More than likely, you’ll enjoy the book get a nice hit of nostalgia without digging up photos of your old bowl cut.

The next time you’re debating what to pick and how to get more read, don’t get hung up on your stack. Go back and see a favorite with fresh eyes.

To being better without living in the self-help section,