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« Topic Start: June 08, 2007, 04:56:50 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

For me, I have two books that I reread every so often. They are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

How about you?

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« Reply #1: June 08, 2007, 05:04:16 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

For me, I have two books that I reread every so often. They are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

How about you?

Sasha

Cyteen, by C.J. Cherryjh (I'm sure I misspelled that).

and a new favorite, but one I'm sure I'm going to be returning to .. and have already once or twice .. The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold.  and the rest of that series, too, but the first one just *really* gets me.
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« Reply #2: June 08, 2007, 05:43:14 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again?

I obsess over various local plant field guides and books on natural architecture (go back to them at least a few times a month).  Otherwise, there isn't much fiction I like enough to re-read.  When I'm having a bad day, I like to pick up Mark Leyner's My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and read a couple of chapters for a giggle.  My well-thumbed copy of Donald Barthelme's City Life serves much the same purpose.

I re-read Mark Helprin's books when I need a dose of poetry.  Especially Winter's Tale.

And speaking of poetry, my beloved copy of Philp Larkin's Collected Poems is always hanging around, unshelved, with lots of bent page corners. 

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« Reply #3: June 08, 2007, 05:45:12 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

I guess I'm weird, but there are literally hundreds of books I read over and over. Not sure what it is about me, but it's more likely a book will end up in my "read again" pile rather than not. Maybe I'm not picky? I dunno. And it seems to cross over all genres so I can't even say I'm limited there.
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« Reply #4: June 08, 2007, 05:48:06 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

When I was younger I read books by R.L. Stine over and over again.  Today, I rarely read a book more than once because I normally pick up a new book from the bookstore when there is nothing else new to read.  The one exception is the Harry Potter books which I'm rereading now in anticipation of the final book.
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« Reply #5: June 08, 2007, 06:10:04 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?
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I reread Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seeker's every March.
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« Reply #6: June 08, 2007, 06:51:12 pm »

I guess I'm weird, but there are literally hundreds of books I read over and over. Not sure what it is about me, but it's more likely a book will end up in my "read again" pile rather than not. Maybe I'm not picky? I dunno. And it seems to cross over all genres so I can't even say I'm limited there.
Move over, Lyric, you don't have the Weird Bench to yourself.  I even reread mysteries - a good mystery novel should not only present a well-crafted puzzle, but provide plot and characters and theme of sufficient depth and interest that they don't need the puzzle to hold them up.

Rereading, for me, is about revisiting old friends.  From a more practical and mechanistic POV, I think it's a side effect of being a very fast reader.  As a kid, I was forever running out of things to read; I had to learn to appreciate rereading, and to try out new genres and fields of knowledge, or else, dread prospect, not have reading material <faints dead away at the thought>.

I am, however, quite picky, so much so that not-hubby stopped sticking books under my nose for a while, for fear of my possible disdain (hmm, another bad-sign-I-missed - I disdain substandard books, not him; if reading things that don't grab me gives him pleasure, I'm happy he's pleased).  I guess I just pre-screen well.

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« Reply #7: June 08, 2007, 07:22:32 pm »

I guess I'm weird, but there are literally hundreds of books I read over and over. Not sure what it is about me, but it's more likely a book will end up in my "read again" pile rather than not. Maybe I'm not picky? I dunno. And it seems to cross over all genres so I can't even say I'm limited there.

I'm with you on this one, Lyric Fox.  I have enough books to man a library... in part because I can't give them up. ::grin::

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« Reply #8: June 08, 2007, 07:34:35 pm »

I guess I'm weird, but there are literally hundreds of books I read over and over.

Same here, I reread books I like over and over again. There are a few books I've read almost every year since I was able to read well. Here's a list of a few of those: Mysterious Island, E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series, LOTR, Sherlock Holmes. Others I've grown to love later in life: the Judge Dee stories, the Amelia Peabody stories (especially the first few), The Adept series, and far too many more to name.
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« Reply #9: June 08, 2007, 07:36:12 pm »

I guess I'm weird, but there are literally hundreds of books I read over and over. Not sure what it is about me, but it's more likely a book will end up in my "read again" pile rather than not. Maybe I'm not picky? I dunno. And it seems to cross over all genres so I can't even say I'm limited there.

oh, geeze, I only included the ones I RELISH reading and look forward to and the like.

I've re-read most books that I've read and enjoyed at least once, and frequently more. Cheesy

though I've gotten WAY pickier over the years.  I'm doing some market research right now on some books ... and GODS I just want to scream!
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« Reply #10: June 08, 2007, 09:22:21 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

I reread lots of books - it's the only way to for my (fast) reading speed to keep up with my desire to read. I've got a habit of when a new series book, I reread any immediate relatives (earlier parts of a trilogy, etc.) before I read the new one. I read the new one once for what happens and character development, and sheer joy of reading, then again for a more nuanced appreciation of how it worked. And then I go back and reread the whole series to that point.

There are a few books I reread regularly.

_Tam Lin_ by Pamela Dean.
_So you want to be a Wizard_ by Diana Duane. (Or, more specifically, the second in that series.)
_Bell, Book, and Candle_ by Rosemary Edgehill. (Generally when I need a break from frustrations in the Pagan community: she does a lovely job of poking at some common personality types.)
Laurie King's Russell books. (I'll reread her other stuff, too.)
Lois McMaster Bujold, pretty much anything, but particularly _Memory_, _A Civil Campaign_, and _Curse of Chalion_
Emma Bull's _War for the Oaks_

And various children's comfort reading - Noel Streatfield, Enid Blyton, the Chalet School Books, L.M. Montgomery, etc. (The middle two may not be so familiar to US folks: they're UK authors, and my father would always bring me back a couple more titles whenever he came back from visiting, which he did once or twice a year.)
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« Reply #11: June 08, 2007, 09:26:56 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again? Ones that you will pick up after a few years and rediscover a great story?

For me, I have two books that I reread every so often. They are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

How about you?

Sasha

That is an easy one---Tolkien and Terry Pratchet.   Both relax me.
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« Reply #12: June 08, 2007, 10:24:24 pm »

Are there books that you love to read again and again?

I re-read books by Sue Monk Kidd, Phyllis Curott, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.  I've also re-read Lucky by Alice Sebold a few times, and will probably re-read Memoirs of a Geisha.  I tend to re-read bits of Pagan books such as The Witches' Bible Compleat by the Farrars.
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« Reply #13: June 09, 2007, 03:29:20 am »

nd various children's comfort reading - Noel Streatfield, Enid Blyton, the Chalet School Books, L.M. Montgomery, etc. .)

I thought it was only me that re-read children's tales!  I love Noel Streatfield's books and  I have to read the Little House books once a year....

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« Reply #14: June 09, 2007, 06:27:28 am »

There are a few books I reread regularly.

_Tam Lin_ by Pamela Dean.
_So you want to be a Wizard_ by Diana Duane. (Or, more specifically, the second in that series.)
_Bell, Book, and Candle_ by Rosemary Edgehill. (Generally when I need a break from frustrations in the Pagan community: she does a lovely job of poking at some common personality types.)
Laurie King's Russell books. (I'll reread her other stuff, too.)
Lois McMaster Bujold, pretty much anything, but particularly _Memory_, _A Civil Campaign_, and _Curse of Chalion_
Emma Bull's _War for the Oaks_

And various children's comfort reading - Noel Streatfield, Enid Blyton, the Chalet School Books, L.M. Montgomery, etc. (The middle two may not be so familiar to US folks: they're UK authors, and my father would always bring me back a couple more titles whenever he came back from visiting, which he did once or twice a year.)


Second on the Bujold books -- the woman's a genius. I generally only buy books that I'll want to read over and over again. This generally includes books by Mercedes Lackey, David Weber, and formerly David Eddings until I got royally tired of his writing style. I also have a few singletons: _Captains Outrageous_ by Roy V Young (which apparently flopped, but it was clever), _The Power of One_ by Bryce Courtenay and a few others.

I also read children's books for a quick diversion -- my favorites are the (original) Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Not, note, the later dreck published under the same series name. Or things like The Littles, or The Berenstein Bears, or Bill Peet, Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch. And I am still trying toi find copies of the Silver Brumby books I used to devour in school ...
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