From Richard:

Some people claim seeing your old notes and annotations when you return to a favourite book enhances the experience. I beg to differ. Whenever I re-read a book on my Kindle, I find myself constantly distracted by my previous highlights. Lovely chap though he undoubtedly was, I don’t want Former Me telling me which bits of the book are most noteworthy. It’s like watching a film with some bore whose seen it before who keeps blurting out, “Ooh! This next bit’s good! Watch this!”

I feel the same way about reading a book a second time and being “infected” by my old notes. I’ve almost always grown as a person so my thinking is different. Yet when I read a book I’ve highlighted I’m drawn back down to the level of thinking that I had when I first read the book.