I used to re-read books all the time. Growing up, I didn't have the extensive library I have now. I had the school library (which was limited) and the local library (which wasn't close by), and whatever books I received for Christmas or my birthday. And in those books I had access to, I had my favorites that I would read over and over until I almost had them memorized.
One of the earliest I can remember was finding D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myth in the elementary school library when I was in third grade. (When they finally let us look at some of the larger books.) I checked that book out over and over and over. I don't think any other kid could've read that book that year. (Later, I would buy it for my own daughter, who would inhale it, too.)
Another book I remember inhaling, I got from the RIF van (remember RIF?). It was The Mystical Beast by Allison Farthing.
Later, I re-read Elfstones of Shannara endlessly. Along with The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. And then there was Jane Eyre. And Victoria Holt's The King of the Castle. By then, though, I was visiting the library in town more often and my mother had a Harlequin subscription, so I was sucking those down at a high rate. In high school, I discovered Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and read those as many times as I could.
Nowadays, with so many books on my TBR pile, I find I don't have the time to re-read my old favorites. I try to read at least one of the above a year (with the exception of the Greek myth book and Farthing's book, because I don't have copies of those anymore).
A while back, a friend of mine pointed out that Goodreads doesn't let you take credit for re-reads on your yearly reading goal. And I had noted that myself. But I was sure there had to be a backdoor way of doing it. After all, we can't be the only two people on Goodreads who like to re-read books, and there really should be a way to count those toward your reading goals.
There is. This year, I re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. And I'd already told Goodreads I read that one. Sure enough, it didn't act like it wanted me to add it again. What I did was go to the book's page, change READ to Currently Reading. It let me do that, so good. When I finished, I clicked the I'm Finished link, which took me to the review window and at the bottom of the window, there's a place to enter the date. Click Set to Today, and viola! I put the book on my yearly goal list.
Do you re-read books? What are some of your favorites to re-read? What the first book you remember re-reading?