The expression to start doing something is quite common. E.g.,
I started reading the book last week.
However, I could not find a similar structure using restart instead of start. I.e., assuming I had left it for some time and decided to resume my reading:
I restarted reading the book last week (?)
For instance, Merriam Webster provides two examples:
Transitive (with an object which is resumed)
They plan to restart negotiations next week.
Intransitive (when the subject itself is resumed)
The tournament will restart tomorrow.
Similar collocations appear in Oxford's and Cambridge's dictionaries, as well as in the many examples found in Linguee.
Could someone please confirm that restart cannot be used in this way? If so, I would like to know if there is a particular reason why simply adding the prefix re- limits its use (may be it is just not customary).