I keep chickening out with some of the Weekly Geek assignments lately, but this one I can handle! We are simply asked to ponder if we've re-read something that we hated the first time around, but loved on the second reading.
The book that comes right to mind is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Somehow, I picked this book for my in-class reading when I was in 8th grade. If I remember right, I ordered it from the book orders because it had some sort of wonderful description that I just couldn't resist.
Then I started reading it....
....for ten minutes every day at the beginning of the class period of 8th grade English.
And I understood not a word of it!
I remember going through that entire book in a huge fog. There was something about an old lady in a wedding dress, with a cake and some cobwebs. And a girl who was quite mean to Pip, who I DID understand was the main character at least. But I had no idea how they all related to each other. I caught NONE of the back story, the mystery, the interconnections. None of it.
However, I read the whole thing, over many months.... ten minutes a day.
Then, a few years ago, I decided that I was probably too young for that book way back when, and that I should probably try it again.
This time around I LOVED it! I couldn't put it down. I thought it had everything a book needed to make it a good one. It was a amazing the difference from the first time around. I felt very sorry for my 8th grade self and all that she missed during that foggy first reading.
But I'm very glad I gave it a second chance, because now it's on the top of my all-time favorites list.