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Old 09-24-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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I re read one of my favourite books after 5 years. I had forgotten the majority of the plot but some started coming back as I was reading the story again. I want to re read more books but I want to completely forget the story. How long should I wait?
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Sounds like you're ready now. It's like rewatching a loved film... almost a sure thing, most of the time.
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The North Star State
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I re read one of my favourite books after 5 years. I had forgotten the majority of the plot but some started coming back as I was reading the story again. I want to re read more books but I want to completely forget the story. How long should I wait?
That's not something anyone can tell you.

I often reread novels. But I don't need to forget the plot, as I don't read to find out what happens but to enjoy the prose of the work. In your case, you need to wait however long it takes you to forget. No one will know the timing of that better than you.
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Old 09-26-2019, 04:03 PM
 
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I re read one of my favourite books after 5 years. I had forgotten the majority of the plot but some started coming back as I was reading the story again. I want to re read more books but I want to completely forget the story. How long should I wait?
You re-read it whenever you start to long for it! Maybe that will take a week, or a year, or a decade!

And you don't necessarily read it because you've forgotten the plot. Maybe you just read it for the enjoyment of the characters, the appreciation of the language, or the immersion in a different situation.
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Old 09-29-2019, 04:56 AM
 
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Frankly you will not be able to forget the story once and for all, but a few months will be enough to motivate you to read a book you liked in the past because in these months you will have gone to other worlds in other books.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:10 AM
 
Location: NC
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For me it’s 5 yrs. but I read about a book a week so I need to clear out brain storage more frequently I guess. Shows how we compartmentalism since I remember pure facts pretty well.

I never “long” to reread a book though, like the commenter earlier. I also prefer a fresh experience.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:28 AM
 
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For me it can be 3 to 5 years. I need to really miss the story and forget enough of it to be happy reading it again.
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