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« Reply #15: June 09, 2007, 08:28:29 am »

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.

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I've read lots of books several times, but the book that i have reread the most is

Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank.

I can't explain it, but it is my altime favorite book.

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« Reply #16: June 09, 2007, 08:45:49 am »

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.

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NightWorld Series by L J Smith (and others of her work)

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« Reply #17: June 09, 2007, 08:52:10 am »



Rarely, but I do occasionally re-read Lord of the Rings.  I've read the Amber Chronicles several times (the first 5 - the second five I read once, and dont really intend to read again).  I *love* Amber.

I've read most of the Harry Potter books twice, some of them more.  It may be time to start working through the series again...but may have to wait til after the next book is out.  Hmm.

I've read William Gibson's works several times, and probably will do so again.  Neuromancer remains one of my favourites.
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« Reply #18: June 09, 2007, 09:51:00 am »

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 all of the books I own--I usually don't buy books unless I know I'm going to reread it. That's how I judge how good it is--by how many times I can reread it and still find it fresh and entertaining. Of course, the problem is that I read so much, and go to the library so much and find so many good books that need to be in my library, I tend not have as much money as I'd like.  Cheesy

I reread LotR once a year, every year because it's still my favourite book after all this time.  I also reread Terry Pratchett because I love finding new things I missed the first time.  My favourite Pratchett is Night Watch, so I've read that one at least twice.

But a few other other books I find myself coming back to every now and again are Watership Down, the Harry Potters, and The Neverending Story.
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« Reply #19: June 09, 2007, 01:19:18 pm »

I thought it was only me that re-read children's tales!

Not at all. In fact, I've not only been reading children's stories, but I've gotten a growing collection. I freaked my 16-year-old out the other day by telling him I'd be a grandmother some day. LOL
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« Reply #20: June 09, 2007, 05:40:25 pm »

Not at all. In fact, I've not only been reading children's stories, but I've gotten a growing collection. I freaked my 16-year-old out the other day by telling him I'd be a grandmother some day. LOL

I had told Randall I had an old hard back copy of Stories That Never Grow Old. I don't know who was more excited...him because I had it or me because I remembered having it. LOL
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« Reply #21: June 09, 2007, 06:00:42 pm »

I had told Randall I had an old hard back copy of Stories That Never Grow Old. I don't know who was more excited...him because I had it or me because I remembered having it. LOL

Oh that's sweet!!
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« Reply #22: June 10, 2007, 12:36:15 am »

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 Lyric. My entire core library (literally hundreds of books) are re-read constantly. And as my entire library is STILL in AZ, the library is my friend. I order my old favorites (if they have them) to visit again and again. I've even gotten a couple of the librarians to read some of them.

I should have my library here in SC soon. I've got a fairly large IRS check coming from a previous year that I didn't file for. It should be here in about 3 weeks and once it's cleared, off it goes to my friend in AZ to send my books to me.

I've replaced some of my core library 3 or 4 times over the years because I wore out the paperbacks.

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« Reply #23: June 10, 2007, 12:54:21 am »

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

Add me to the "weird" company then. At times I prefer to pick up something familiar, since it's (theoretically) easier to put down again when it's time to go do something else. Also, if I really like a book, I study it to figure out what makes it good. (Thereby hoping to become a better writer myself.)

If a book doesn't promise to be worth reading more than once, I won't buy it. I might borrow it, or sit and skim it on the spot, but I won't pay money for it.

At risk of getting off topic...It seems strange to me that so many people do not read books more than once, yet most people will listen to the same song or album more than once, or look at the same painting many times. I wonder why.
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« Reply #24: June 10, 2007, 01:01:03 am »

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

There are too many to list.
Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books, several Louis L'Amour novels (many of his books are rich in history and philosophy)
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« Reply #25: June 10, 2007, 01:25:52 am »

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.

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

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« Reply #26: June 10, 2007, 01:33:43 am »

At risk of getting off topic...It seems strange to me that so many people do not read books more than once, yet most people will listen to the same song or album more than once, or look at the same painting many times. I wonder why.

I don't think it's off topic, but then again someone might...

It may have something to do with the fact that reading a book does take up a lot of time.  Looking at a painting takes up anywhere between a few seconds to a minute to look at and music can be listened to while doing something else.  Some have the thinking that there are so many books to read and not very much time to read them.  As I said before, I rarely read the same book twice, but when it gets to the point where I can't afford new books than I will re-read some old favorites.  But at the moment, I have enough books on my "to read" pile to last me until spring at the latest and I don't know what my financial situation would be then.  So I may start re-reading them then or get a library card (doubtful because I always forget to turn in the books when they're due Embarrassed)
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« Reply #27: June 11, 2007, 10:07:44 am »

Not at all. In fact, I've not only been reading children's stories, but I've gotten a growing collection. I freaked my 16-year-old out the other day by telling him I'd be a grandmother some day. LOL

My daughter used to roll her eyes when she would catch me reading the Little House books or the ones about the all of a kind family.  "Circus Shoes" ... hmmm, I haven't read or "Ballet Shoes" for ages.

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« Reply #28: June 11, 2007, 01:05:53 pm »

"Circus Shoes" ... hmmm, I haven't read or "Ballet Shoes" for ages.

I used to have the entire "Shoes" set. I need to get it back.
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« Reply #29: June 11, 2007, 06:34:37 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 have two books that I always reread once a year. Those are Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row (which is my absolute favorite book). I also reread Rebecca (Du Maurier), Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) and then quite a few Agatha Christie novels from time to time. I also read Ghost Story by Peter Straub every couple of years and I would have forgotten to include it had my child not eaten the cover just yesterday. 

I'm partial to my favorite children's books and will read a Nancy Drew mystery or Judy Blume book one evening if I stumble across one. Then I also really like short stories - I have a huge book of ghost stories whose pages are swollen and ruffled from being dropped in the tub too many times. That gets read over and over again.

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