Which books have you read and re-read ?

@overhere (516)
United States
March 25, 2008 10:07pm CST
There are certain books that you just find yourself re-reading every few years. For me it would be Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Axline and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Which books are the ones that call you back at over and over again?
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• New Zealand
26 Mar 08
all the Harry Potter books by J.K.Rowling and all the Lord of the rings books but can not remember who the Author of those ones are Sweet Valley is another series a mind you I just love reading so does not matter the book really as I probally still will read it a.
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@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
For some reason I never got to reding the Harry Potter books think I was too old when they came out thinking they were for children . think its time I changed this at least I am lucky and can now read the whole series from start to finish in one sitting
• New Zealand
28 Mar 08
Hey I would not think it would matter on your age for reading Harry Potter yes I would agree it is more directed at young children but any one of any age could read it I would think I have read them and seen all the movies of it that so far have come out also.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
27 Mar 08
There are a few different books I like to re-read. One is a set of books (three in one) called "The Deed of Paksenarion" by Elizabeth Moon. It was a very good series and one I enjoy reading again and again. I also enjoy re-reading "Ashes in the Wind" by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I have read the Harry Potter series more then once. Some books are like visiting an old friend. They are nice to have around.
@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
"Like visiting an old friend" what a perfect description for a favourite book!
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. It's just how I feel when I pick one up. Yeah I might know how it ends but I get to revisit some favorite characters and relive their lives for a bit.
@charles63 (146)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I don't re-read any books on a regular schedule, but I do occasionally re-read books because of special circumstances. Last year I was looking for a book to review for Epinions.com and settled on "Seize the Day" by Saul Bellow. I had remembered reading it in college and enjoying it. Re-reading it brought back pleasant memories, and I think I enjoyed it better the second time than the first. The same book can take on new meaning at different stages in your life.
@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Cannot agree more that book can bring back both memories of the time of first reading and the same book can seem different on second reading much later.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I have reread The Outlander series several times. I enjoyed it immensely every time. I have also read The Chronicles of Narnia a number of times. I think by rereading books you catch so many nuances you missed the first time.
@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
The Narnia books are brilliant!
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
26 Mar 08
There are so many books that I really want to read that I do not think I have time to read many over and over. One I have read severa times though is Owen Meany by John Irving. His books are really cool to read once you know the ending. Then you see so many small things that you missed the first time through
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@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Yes you definitely gain more on the second read
@DFrodeo06 (1325)
• United States
26 Mar 08
i have read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but i now read more newer stuff by lisa wingate and whatever else catches my eye
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26 Mar 08
i hardly re read books unless i need some reference or somethin.. i normally like adventure n suspense novels which makes no sense to b read again aftr gettin to know the end once.. moreover i really get bored very soon while re readin anythin so i tend to leave it in middle.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I've read and reread Merades Lackey and Anne McCaffery's books soo many times it's not funny. I love their books.
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@Guardian208 (1095)
• United States
27 Mar 08
There are 5 books that I reread every few years. First is the Lord of the Rings triligy and the Hobbit by Tolkien. The fantasy world he creates is amazing. I read them to remind myself what can be done with the written word. The other book I reread is Ringworld by Larry Niven. The concept of a ringworld stirs my imagination. What a concept. I would like to one day write a novel. These books ignite my creative juices. They help plant seeds of ideas for my novel. In fact I have probably a dozen ideas started. One day I will sit down and finish one.
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@overhere (516)
• United States
28 Mar 08
For some reason I have never been able to get into Tolkien and yet I loved Mervyn Peake which I think of in the same vien
• United States
28 Mar 08
I have heard that from several people. Maybe because he uses TOO much detail. That has been one of the reoccuring criticisms of his writing.I have never read Peake. I will try him. Thanks for the tip.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I love to read but there are just so many wonderful books out there that I seldom read the same book twice. However I have read the entire 9 volume series of The Work and The Glory sevearl times. I just love those historical fiction books.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
26 Mar 08
I have read The Little Prince countless times, I'll soon be able to quote pages of it. The only other books I have re-read regularly are the Discworld books. I have had to buy them in hardback to ensure they last, as some of my paperbacks have fallen apart even after only a couple of reads. I'm very careful with books, I never bend the spine of paperbacks but they just don't last like hardbacks.