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Do you ever reread your books?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Fistandantilus, May 30, 2005.

  1. JMS

    JMS New Member

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    Currently Reading:
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    I do sometimes did re-read
    'Blindness' ~ Jose Saramago

    one of my favs to date. If you have not read it, defy worth a look.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...77549/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_2_1/202-7176962-4238202



    Have quite a few I read a few years ago, would quite like to read again,as been told you get a whole new perspective, see and understand things you never did the first time.
    Trouble is my TBR Pile is a mile high
    ! :D
     
  2. Robert

    Robert Active Member

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    I've gone back and reread a number of books once, and several books more then once. Red Storm Rising was the first book that I ever reread.
     
  3. bookmad65

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    Oh, yes definitely!! I keep books I really like and when I feel the urge then I will get one out and re-read it. Especially if it is a series. I will start at the beginning of the series and work my way through it, again!! :):D
     
  4. Sparhawk

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    With some books yes...they are a bit like comfort food :D
     
  5. direstraits

    direstraits Well-Known Member

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    Er. I do, but very sparingly. I have too many on the shelf to indulge in re-reading!
     
  6. Ell

    Ell Well-Known Member

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    When I was younger, I would re-read books, but now I take the quote, "So many books; so little time" to heart.

    I re-read portions of books for reference and discussion purposes, but otherwise I don't re-read. The last book I re-read in its entirety was The Blind Assassin.
     
  7. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    oh gosh LOL I have firm favourites that I reread regularly and I firmly believe that if a book is any good the real test is in rereading it - if it is as enjoyable as the first read then it shifts upwards in the 'good' list :) If I finish it but have no urge to reread it then it is only so-so
     
  8. Ell

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    It's not that I don't want to re-read, but I have so many books on my TBR pile that I feel compelled to move forward in case I miss a real gem. :)
     
  9. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    It probably helps that I read fast :)
     
  10. Bullyboy

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    I definitely enjoy rereading books. With the fluffy trivia type reading you might see stuff you missed on the first read. With deeper stories you can find a whole new meaning when visiting an old book.
     
  11. Sparhawk

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    This is very true and there are very often little layers or hints as to what going on with the story or characters that you only get on the second read.
     
  12. direstraits

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    Ok, I would probably reread Oscar Wilde. His characters say the darnest things, and it's just so funny, and so, well, quotable. Love it.

    I'm going through an audiobook of Dorian Gray, the beginning of which I probably read two times already. Wonderful dialogue.
     
  13. Bullyboy

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    An example might be "Midnight Express" a book I read as a teen when the movie had just been released...mid 70's I believe...just recently got it for one of my kids but I'm rereading it first. At middle age I can identify with the author's father as well, I've had children screw up big time...fortunately not in Turkish prisons...but yes certainly the reread is a whole new perspective
     
  14. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    this is the joy of a good book :)
     
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    The books I have probably reread the most times are:

    1) To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    2) Don Quixote (Cervantes)
    3) The entire canon of Sherlock Holmes stories (A.C. Doyle)
    4) A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
    5) Watership Down (Richard Adams)
     
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    I will re-read books if it has been a long, long while since I last read them. It can be very nostalgic. Most recently, Lolita.
     
  17. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    I have been known to close the back, turn it over and start again :)
     
  18. regdog

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    I've reread books until the the spines have fallen apart.
     
  19. LouJaneMcK

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    I reread everything even if i didn't care for the story the first time. Its a terrible time consuming habit which is made much worse by the fact that I can never throw any book away, so I look like a horder. Heaven help any friends which want to borrow books. Its at the stage now where if i lend books to people I make sure I know its a book that can be easily replaced by amazon. completely mental!
     
  20. Răspunsul

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    I have such a bad memory I need to re-read books in order to remember what the story was about, only trouble is I can't remember where I put the book!!!
     
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