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« Reply #30: June 11, 2007, 09:44:23 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?

It is extremely rare for me to read a book more than once, unless I am using it for reference and then it would only be till I find the information I am looking for.  Most every book I own has dog-earred pages, yellow highlights and pencil scriblblings in it. 

Practical Solitary Magic by Nancy B. Watson, the works of Daniel Quinn, and the works of Ann Moura are the only books I have picked up again over the past year or so, and that was to get back in touch with a concept or two.
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« Reply #31: June 15, 2007, 12:54:53 pm »


It may have something to do with the fact that reading a book does take up a lot of time. [snip] Some have the thinking that there are so many books to read and not very much time to read them.

It does for me.  I don't generally re-read anything for that very reason, unless I just love it too much not to.  In fact, the only thing I re-read on a regular basis is the Harry Potter series (and a few fanfics).  In fact, I'm getting a little OCD w/that...  Cheesy

Although, there are several Heinlein books I would re-read if I owned them (it's a little early in the year to be making plans for my next tax refund, but it seems I just did  Grin ).

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« Reply #32: June 17, 2007, 06:07:16 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'd have to brush off a spot to sit on that bench.  I re-read like crazy because my funds in no way keep up with my reading. 

But for specifics?  Things I have read more times than I care to recall...

The Hobbit (my very first book I bought all by myself  Cheesy ) and the LOTR

Mary Russell and the Sherlock Holmes Canon

The Secret Garden (my favorite "gift" book from my older sister)

Stephen King's works

There are tons of books I reread when I'm needing to meet a particular urge in a genre if I can't find anything new.  *sigh* I have a room in my house just for books.  There are so many.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #33: June 18, 2007, 10:25:59 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?

Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffery I continue to love to this day. I'm mostly over her books (Acorna finished it for me), and I won't read the rest of the Freedom series any more than the once I have, but my copy of Freedom's Landing is much loved and dog-eared.

As well, by Anne Bishop: The Tir Alainn Trilogy and The Black Jewels Trilogy, as well as The Invisible Ring and Dreams Made Flesh. And whenever she finishes her Ephemera series I'm sure I'll reread that quite a bit as well.
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« Reply #34: June 18, 2007, 12:39:15 pm »

Stephen King's works

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« Reply #35: June 18, 2007, 04:32:45 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 joining that already crowded bench.  Smiley

If I own a book, it's almost a guarantee that I've read it at least 3 times.  Some that I revisit more often (have read at least 10 times each)... Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy, Good Omens by Gaiman & Prachett, Rebecca from du Maurier,  The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb, and Poetry & Prose by Robert Frost.
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« Reply #36: June 18, 2007, 10:35:40 pm »

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

There's only one book I read over and over: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I'm not even sure why I do.  I liked it when I was little and I guess its a tradition now  Smiley.
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« Reply #37: June 18, 2007, 11:20:46 pm »

There's only one book I read over and over: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I'm not even sure why I do.  I liked it when I was little and I guess its a tradition now  Smiley.

I used to read it over and over too! Hardly anyone I know remembers it, or has even read it.
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« Reply #38: June 19, 2007, 03:26:54 pm »

There's only one book I read over and over: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I'm not even sure why I do.  I liked it when I was little and I guess its a tradition now  Smiley.

I had completely forgotten about that book. I loved it when I was young - there was something about it that made me feel simultaneously exhilarated and slightly nauseated. I know that probably makes no sense. I'm going to have to get another copy and read it again. Thank you for reminding me  Smiley

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« Reply #39: June 21, 2007, 01:27:39 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?

Well, it's not exactly a book, it's a short story. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

The first time I read it I was in my teens and I was sure the nanny was nuts. An insane nanny seemed to me more frightening than ghosts.

I re-read it in my 20's and for reasons I can't recall, thought that the ghosts were meant to be real after all.

Then another 10 years later I read it yet again along with other of James' short stories and thought that the ghosts were actually meant to represent the repressive and spirit crushing Victorian attitudes of his times.

No matter what, it is still one of the sacariest stories I have ever read. It isn't easy to make a ghost appearing in a bright sunlit garden ominous, but he managed to do it. Now, I want to go and read it again!

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« Reply #40: June 22, 2007, 01:55:30 am »

There's only one book I read over and over: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I'm not even sure why I do.  I liked it when I was little and I guess its a tradition now  Smiley.

A favorite of mine

i need to dig it out and read it again

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« Reply #41: June 25, 2007, 12:34:44 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?

Right now, the books I read over and over are The Secret Garden, the HP series and a few others I can't bring to mind right now as I've not seen em around the house for a while.

Like others here, I, too, need a whole room for books.  I can only hope my son has inherited Mommy's love for books.  Cheesy
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« Reply #42: July 11, 2007, 05:25:54 pm »


Time to partially take back what I said.  I just found my old copy of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.  I remember that I loved it when I first read it when I was about ten or eleven and I read it many times after.  I think I'll reread it after I read some books on my "to read" pile that I want to read first.
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« Reply #43: November 02, 2007, 06:56:39 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?
How about you?

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« Reply #44: November 03, 2007, 08:35:30 pm »

Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffery I continue to love to this day. I'm mostly over her books (Acorna finished it for me), and I won't read the rest of the Freedom series any more than the once I have, but my copy of Freedom's Landing is much loved and dog-eared.

As well, by Anne Bishop: The Tir Alainn Trilogy and The Black Jewels Trilogy, as well as The Invisible Ring and Dreams Made Flesh. And whenever she finishes her Ephemera series I'm sure I'll reread that quite a bit as well.

To add to my list: I just finished The Count of Monte Cristo and I will be rereading that one, no doubt.
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