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What books have you read more than once?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by -Carlos-, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. ions

    ions New Member

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    Like MonkeyCatcher said, it's hard to justify re-reading when there are so many good books that have yet to be read once. I've read LOTR twice. Because I'm foolish. I've read Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat a few times and will read it many more. It's one of the most beautiful, and important, books I've ever read.
     
  2. Sofia

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    I don't think I have ever re-read a book.
     
  3. Anamnesis

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    I think I've re-read novels by Anne Rice and Stephen King more times than I probably should have. What can I say; they're old favorites :D.

    Other than that, I've pretty much given up the re-reading habit. Not completely, though; I'll read books in a series more than once only to keep up with the newer installments. I'll also give certain books another chance, just to see what I'll think of them a second time.
     
  4. jaynebosco

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    I have re-read a bunch of books; sometimes it was because I really wanted to read that book again or was because I had forgotten what happened (happened with the Harry Potter books) before reading the later books in a series.
     
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    The Bible.










    You should do likewise.
     
  6. ions

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    Every bible read should be accompanied by a parallel read of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
     
  7. blueboatdriver

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    I don't often re-read books but when I do it's usually because I've just finished the last one from my TBR shelf. I've read Cancer Ward by Solzhenitsyn severak times just because I think it's so damn good and I've just finished reading E.L. Doctorow's City of God for the third time just because I didn't get it completely the first couple of times. There are books I need to read again; like Gravity's Rainbow, for obvious reasons; if you've read it you'll know why.
     
  8. namedujour

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    I was a habitual re-reader when I was younger, but now that I'm older with a job and a family, it's tough to even successfully give it one go-around. I put down more books unfinished now than I ever did in my entire life. If I finish a book, it's a really good book.

    But back in the day I read Gone with the Wind 10 times before my 17th birthday. On number 10 it was simply enough forever, and I never touched it again. Sometimes I think about it, but...naw.

    I must have read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn seven times. To Kill a Mockingbird at least that many times. Those two are my all-time top favorites, and no other books have ever come close. Most of the other books I really liked, I only read twice.
     
  9. Devilgirl

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    As a child I read Matilda by Roald Dahl many times. I just reread The Luckiest Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron. If I am struggling to read anything I will normally reread any of the Harry Potter books, just bceause they keep me reading and are easy. More recent books I have reread include The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgearald and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

    The last two are books I studied for my higher English Last year, loved both books.
     
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    Not me, that's for sure :p :cool:
     
  11. mel07

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    of the books that spring to mind ...

    madame bovary by flaubert
    l'assommoir by zola
    anna karenina by tolstoy
    wuthering heights by bronte
    pride and prejudice by austen
    the outsider by camus
    to the lighthouse by wolff
    atonement by mcewan

    i'm sure there are lots more ...
     
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    Charles Dickens' 'Pickwick Papers'.

    I read it every 3-4 years [& at my age that means I've read it a lot of times]; the gentle humour and the perfect capture of human nature make it irresistible.
     
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    I've re-read His Dark Materials about 5 times (the whole trilogy) and I'm sad to say I re-read the first four Harry Potter books several times - though I subsequently completely went off them and never bothered with the fifth. I've also re-read a book called 'Letters from the Inside' by John Marsden several times - every year or so I take it out when I can't sleep at night and just read the whole thing. It never fails to make me cry.
     
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    I re-read The Great Gatsby,Great Expectations, and The Age of Innocence all at leat once a year. I find their styles and stories comforting, especially after wacky seminar assignments during the school year...
     
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    Off the top of my head and in no particular order -

    Wuthering Heights
    Silas Marner
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
    The Cruel Sea
    Bomber (Len Deighton)
    The Day of the Jackal
    The Coldest March (non-fiction)
    No Highway
    On the Beach

    Why? Why do you listen to a piece of music over and over again? Why do you look at a work of art many times? Why do you watch a film many times? Same reason.

    Can't understand why anyone never re-reads a book.
     
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    The New Testament is only the book I've read more than once, but there are plenty of books I'd like to read again, but my to-be-read pile is ever-growing so I never have the time.
     
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    I don't re-read very often because there are so many great books that I already haven't read. One day I'll start re-reading but my priority is read as much as I can.
     
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    Hi, new to the forum :)

    I am an avid re-reader, but my favorite re-reads are:

    Pride and Prejudice
    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novels
    Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series
    Harry Potter novels

    and many, many more!
     
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    hmm...let's see.

    the amulet of samarkand
    artemis fowl
    alexandre dumas novels
    harry potter(of course)
    the mediator by meg cabot
     
  20. KHartmann

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    Brother Fish - Bryce Courtenay
    The one book i've read at least 4 times is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. i loved every page of it and found it interesting each time i read and re-read it. Its about a boy in South Africa and being from south africa myself i found it easy to relate to the character.
     

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